BABJ Fellowship discussion coming March 11th

BABJ’s March meeting will be dedicated to fellowship opportunities. Sometimes we want to take a break and try reporting on something different. Maybe you want to work on a specified issue. Take a deep dive into a topic– but just for a little while. Maybe step away from public relations and try your hand at advocacy-based research. When you want to try something different, fellowships offer a temporary change.

This discussion is scheduled SATURDAY March 11, 2017 at The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



(Biographies and photos below)

Stephanie Beasley, Bloomberg BNA.

Lottie Joiner, The Crisis.



Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Saturday March 11, 2017

11:30 AM – Reception

NOON – BABJ Meeting

12:30 – Discussion:  “Finding Fellowships.



Anyone attending Saturday’s BABJ event at The Baltimore Sun can park on the visitor’s lot next to the building at the corner of Calvert and Centre Streets. There is a security guard shack at the entrance to the parking lot with an intercom. Press the talk button and tell the security guard you are attending the BABJ event and the guard will tell you where to park. Enter the building from the main doors on Calvert  Street. The meeting with be in the Community Room which is on the first floor. Someone will be in the lobby to direct you.



Stephanie Beasley


Stephanie Beasley is a transportation and infrastructure reporter for Bloomberg BNA. She covers congressional and regulatory news, including funding for the Department of Transportation and new technologies such as driverless cars and drones. Previously, she reported on arts and culture, politics and a variety of policies related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Beasley graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s concurrent degree program for Latin American Studies. She received a “Bringing Home the World” fellowship from the International Center for Journalists in 2016. Her project focused on U.S. companies working with the Cuban government to re-establish trade relations and launch large-scale infrastructure projects.

Story links:

U.S-Cuba Rail, Aviation, Port Deals in Jeopardy Under Trump

Cuba Hobbled by Fickle Internet Service—A Look at U.S.-Cuba Trade


Lottie Joiner


Lottie Joiner is the senior editor of The Crisis magazine, the official publication of the NAACP, and a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer.  She is an award-winning journalist who covers race, social justice, civil rights and culture. Her work focuses on issues that impact minorities, women and underserved communities. She has written for a number of publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast,, and the National Journal’s “Next America.” She was a 2015 National Health Journalism Fellow with the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California at Annenberg. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.


Story link:

Center for Health Journalism fellowship work.

“The Impact of Father-Absence on the Mental Health of Black Boys”



Maryland joint journalism panel to tackle President Trump news coverage



Fake news, alternative facts, reporter attacks, and puns vs. policy. Has President Donald Trump’s administration changed the way journalists cover government? Are journalists under attack? Can elected officials ice-out the press from public forums?

The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists-Maryland Professional Chapter, Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication and Morgan State University Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists are tackling the ever changing press dynamic in the White House.

We are hosting a joint panel discussion entitled, “Journalism in the time of President Trump: Has Trump’s administration changed the way journalists cover government?”

The joint-event will be held February 25, 2017 at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication.  


Confirmed guests:

  • Dr. Jennifer Brannock Cox, President, Society of Professional Journalists- Maryland Professional Chapter and Salisbury University,  Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Dr. Letrell Crittenden, Robert Morris University (PA),  Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Awaiting additional RSVPs



Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication

Digital News Room

Saturday February 25, 2017

11:30 AM reception

12 PM – BABJ Meeting

12:30 PM – Discussion:  “Journalism in the time of President Trump: Has Trump’s administration changed the way journalists cover government?”


GETTING TO MSU SGJC (Driving Instructions):

Enter the intersection “Perring Pkwy & Hartsdale Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214” for the best driving instructions. The university’s mailing address, 1700 Cold Spring Lane, will get you to the campus but not the exact building. There is ample street parking available on Perring Parkway. Please avoid parking on Hartsdale Rd and other perpendicular residential side streets.



JENNIFER BRANNOCK COX, President, Society of Professional Journalists- Maryland Professional Chapter and Salisbury University,  Assistant Professor of Communication


Jennifer Brannock Cox is an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department at Salisbury University. She earned her bachelor’s degrees from Appalachian State University double majoring in journalism and public relations. She received her master’s degree from the University of Alabama in community journalism and doctorate from the University of Florida in mass communication. Her specialties include multimedia journalism, newsroom culture and social media. Cox worked as a reporter in newsrooms throughout Florida covering multiple beats for print and online publications. She gained multimedia reporting experience as an intern at The Washington Post’s Loudoun Extra. Cox teaches courses in journalism incorporating new and social media techniques alongside traditional media writing skills and theory. She maintains her journalism skills working as a freelance multimedia reporter for local publications.

LETRELL CRITTENDEN, Assistant Professor of Communication, Robert Morris University (PA)


Dr. Letrell Crittenden is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University, and a board member of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. He studies and writes on issues related to diversity and inclusion with the media industry, and community journalism. Dr. Crittenden is also a contributor to Very Smart Brothas.


#BABJsotu: 2017 ‘State of The Union’ planning meeting Jan. 28th

The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists will host our first general business meeting of the year, January 28, 2017 noon – 2p.m. at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209.  Thank you Jannette J. Wittmyer for helping to secure this venue.

Please RSVP here: 

NOTE: Feel free to come early. A light reception with deli sandwiches, chips and water and will be provided starting at 11:30a.m. Also feel free to bring a snack or drink if you desire. We will begin promptly at noon so that we finish the meeting in time to end our planning discussion by 2p.m.


The January meeting will be our 2nd Annual “BABJ 2016 State of the Union.”

Not some stuffy speech, but a chance for US to design OUR agenda and activities for 2017 as a group.

The reasoning for #BABJsotu

As with last year, we have a golden opportunity in 2017 to make BABJ what we want it to be for Charm City in the future.

Our membership has doubled from 40 professionals and students this time last year to 80 dues paying members. (Bravo Membership Chair David Steele!)

We have a full BABJ Executive Board.

We have several mentee candidates participating in our 3rd BABJ Mentor Program class. (Bravo Mentor Program Chair Maria Pitts-Roberts!)


The NABJ Region 1 Conference heads up the road to Philadelphia. This is a great time to have some input on the event, as our chapter president Nicki Mayo is one of the co-programming chairs for the spring event.

Let’s make 2017 an amazing year for BABJ!

We hope to see you Saturday January 28, 2017 at noon.

Again please RSVP here:

4th Annual #BABJHoliday Warm Clothing Drive Dec. 7th


It’s time to ring in the holidays and party with a purpose.

The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists will host our 4th Annual #BABJholiday Warm Clothing Drive Wednesday December 7, 2016,  6:30p.m.  – 9:30p.m at at Flight American Fusion, 5723 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Come, eat, drink and be merry! 

NOTE: Admission is free. We just ask that you donate warm clothing items to help Baltimore’s homeless. We’re teaming up with Charm City Warmth Drive to help get winter protective gear to those weathering the winter on the streets. All children and adult sizes are welcome.

Also please come hungry and ready to purchase various items from the Flight American Fusion menu. (View the Flight menu here )


The annual holiday “party with a purpose” will take place at Flight American Fusion, 5723 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.

In 2013 we celebrated the beginning for BABJ at Silo .5% (View photo gallery here)

We also teamed up with Philanthropix to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. (View photo gallery here)

Our second #BABJholiday in 2014 BABJ collected gifts at Teavolve for the “It’s Kindertime” Toy Drive. (View photo gallery here)

We continued the season of giving tradition in 2015 with a coat and toy drive to benefit the Penn-North Kids Safe Zone in Sandtown. Several members also adopted 3 girls ages 8 and 11.

This year (2016) we want to continue giving back to Baltimore. We’re teaming up with Charm City Warmth Drive to help get winter protective gear to those weathering the winter on the streets. (Download flyer pdf here 2016-babjholiday )

Please join us for a great night of networking, fellowship, feasting and fun. 

We can’t wait to see you at #BABJholiday 2016.


P.S. don’t forget to join BABJ .

Professional Membership (1-Year / $40)

Student Membership (1-Year / $20)

‘Promoting Your Own Book’ coming to BABJ Nov 19th


Everyone has a story, what’s keeping you from writing yours?

Journalists and public relations professionals are used to telling stories every day. But when it comes time for these communications pros to pen their own prose, many don’t have a clue as to where to start and how to be smart about promoting their work.

November 19, 2016 public relations veteran Cherrie Woods will share tips on how media professionals can write and promote their own book. This presentation at Maryland Public Television will include instruction on choosing the best book cover, developing an online presence and creating an electronic toolkit. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please stick around for a book signing and chance to meet & greet Cherrie Woods.


11:30 AM Reception

NOON – General Business Meeting

12:30/12:45 PM “Promoting Your Own Book” workshop



Cherrie Woods is a 16-year plus public relations (PR) veteran who has a client list that includes self-published and traditionally published authors, visual artists, arts and culture and non-profit organizations. She has held public relations’ staff and management positions at Baltimore City Dept. of Public Works, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Toronto Social Services and Public Health and Harbourfront Centre.

Woods currently serves as membership chair on the board of Baltimore Public Relations Society and is an active member of Black Writers Guild of MD. She was  past president of NBPRS–Detroit and has been featured in several media outlets and publications including, ABCTV-2,  Fox45-TV, WJZ-TV (CBS Affiliate), WEAA.88.9, Toronto StarToronto World Art Scene,  Who’s Who in Black Detroit, Michigan Chronicle, The Culvert Chronicles, The Baltimore Sun, and Rolling Out Magazine.

Woods facilitates PR workshops for authors called  “Promoting Your Own Book 1 and II” and is the author of Where Do I Start? 10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors. She is also an award-winning author of Free to Be Me: Poems on Love, Life and Relationships under the pseudonym Cherrie Amour.


BABJ brings ‘LinkedIn’ To Win to TV Hill

It’s almost time for our October BABJ event… and time to get LinkedIn!

The interactive workshop is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss ‘LinkedIn’ to Win with Intero Advisory’s Colleen McKenna.

The event is free to all. WBAL-TV/Radio requires a security list of attendees prior to the event.


Saturday October 15, 2016


3800 Hooper Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211

11:30 – Reception.

Noon – General Business Meeting.

12:30/12:45 – LinkedIn Professional Session.


*Please RSVP by October 13th*


News content creators to discuss ‘Social Video 101’ with BABJ

Summer 2016 was a great season for members of the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists. Now it’s time to get back to business with our September meeting.



BABJ presents “Social Video 101” Saturday September 10, 2016 at Maryland Public Television.

11:30 a.m. Reception.

Noon General Business Meeting.

12:30 p.m. “Social Video 101”

Special guests:

Kevin Richardson, Baltimore Sun Multimedia Interactive Content Director

Jarrad Henderson, USA Today, Multimedia Producer

Teghan Collins, Circa Senior Social Media Editor

Additional guests TBD

Everyday auto-playing video news reports laced with graphics, transcribed interviews and music fill our social media newsfeeds. AJ+, Buzzfeed, Now This and more social videos have become an major part of news sharing online among various social media platforms.

September 10, 2016 The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists will discuss how news content creators use these trendy yet informative videos. The BABJ “Social Video 101” session will be held Saturday September 10, 2016 at Maryland Public Television, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117, following our general business meeting which begins at noon.

NOTE: This is an interactive workshop so please bring your smartphones, mobile devices and laptops charged up and ready. We will have WiFi connectivity courtesy of Maryland Public Television.

RSVP here: 

Special Guests Biographies

The Transitioning Traditional – Kevin Richardson @KRichardsonMMA

Baltimore Sun Multimedia Interactive Content DireScreen Shot 2016-09-03 at 7.33.14 AMctor Kevin Richardson has been with newspaper nearly 20 years. He as helped usher his newsroom into the video age, training staffers to use video editing
programs and apps in the field. Thanks to Richardson’s leadership, many
Sun reporters and photographers are now comfortable using mobile apps and video editing software such as VideoLicious, iMovie and Adobe Premier to enhance and advance their print stories. Here’s Richardson’s bio .


The Artsy Documentarian – Jarrad Hendersjarradon @jarrad_tweets

USA Today Multimedia Producer Jarrad Henderson  and his team use several video editing apps to make stories pop online. Henderson is also a leader in the NABJ Visual Taskforce and well versed in still photography and documentary films. Here’s a link to his website .





The Mobile Innovator – Teghan Collins @TeghanSimone

Circa Senior Social Media FullSizeRenderEditor Teghan Collins helps lead a team of multimedia journalists creating social videos that are tailored for smart phones and mobile devices. Auto-play, text, graphics and music are becoming standard staples of these online videos. Here’s Collins’ bio: Teghan Collins is a self-proclaimed foodie, Pop Culture addict and social media junkie. As the Senior Social Media Editor at Circa she brings news and visual storytelling to millions of mobile phones and timelines. Previously, Teghan was creating viral content as the social media manager at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. Before hopping into news,  she worked in public relations, managing social accounts for well-known brands and celebrities.


Here are some examples of how some area newsrooms are using social video and editing apps.

Why Is Simone Biles the World’s Best Gymnast? | Rio Olympics: The Fine Line | The New York Times

Cops and Kids Softball Game


Preston: The Importance of Preseason for the Ravens


Unsettled Journeys trailer

G-O-O-D-L-U-C-K 2016 SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee

#VeteransForKaepernick trends on Twitter


You Can Get Trained to Take Down an Active Shooter

Facebook Thinks it Can Guess Your Political Views


BABJ Reception to Celebrate Sam Davis

Baltimore Association of Black Journalists loves to kick off the summer season each year with a kick-back, cool-down mixer. But this year’s event is special because we have something to celebrate!

BABJ is proud to celebrate one of its own, Sam Davis, on his recent elevation to Managing Editor of the Baltimore Sun.



Sam is the first black managing editor in the newspaper’s 179-year history. News of his promotion quickly spread around the country and congratulatory salutes have poured in. Now it’s our turn!

Join us for a BABJ Reception on Wednesday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Flight American Fusion Restaurant & Bar, a black-owned establishment on York Road. Sam will be there, so make sure you stop by and show your love!

Please RSVP so we can give the folks at Flight a head count. FYI, drinks and dinner are on your own but they have drink specials during that time. Cheers!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE: Flight American Fusion – 5723 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

RSVP via Eventbrite here 

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Registration Open: 2nd Annual #BABJReviews Coming June 4th (DEADLINE 5/27)

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Registration is underway for #BABJReviews coming Saturday June 4th to Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication. These are one-on-one critique sessions from 9a.m. to noon, for Baltimore area journalists and media-related professionals.



The 20-minute critique sessions are FREE.

We offer the #BABJReviews heading into the summer because the convention season is kicking off and this helps participants gear up heading into these professional arenas with their best resumes, clips, reels and brands.

INFO on last year’s #BABJReviews

PHOTOS from the 2015 #BABJReviews

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8:30                            Doors open to public

9:00 – 9:20               Session #1

9:30 – 9:50               Session #2

10:00 – 10:20            Session #3

10:30 – 10:50            Session #4

11:00 – 11:20             Session #5

11:30 – Noon –          Wrap up and exit

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Broadcast TV – Barry Simms, WBAL-TV 11, @BarrySimmsWBAL

Print/Online – Milton Kent, MSU SGJC,  @SportsAtLarge

Resume – Benet J. Wilson,  Aviation Queen, @AvQueenBenet

Style – Caprece Jackson-Garrett, Bonneau Caprece, @bonneaucaprece1

Website – TBD


There are five time slots available for these 20 minute review sessions. We encourage you to meet with as many experts as possible in the time allotted.

If you have any questions, please email BABJmd [at] gmail [dot] com.


BABJ to host NABJ Region 1 Conference Opening Reception April 29


The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists welcomes you join us as we kick off the National Association of Black Journalists Region 1 Conference April 29-30, 2016. We are hosting an opening reception Friday April 29th from 6 – 9 p.m. at “NANCY by SNAC.”

Click here to purchase tickets for $10.

Get ready to chill after work or after you arrive in town to a chill hangout suite musical fusion, mixed LIVE by Grooveline Radios Vance Brinkley .

Check out a sample here

We’re serving up light fare appetizers with a wine tasting, games (and prizes), networking and social media moments that will last a lifetime.

We also have a special “uniquely Bmore” treat for the first 40 guests to arrive as you come in the door.

This reception will honor the legacy of the late Michael J. Feeney, for his dedicated service as Chapter President of the New York Association of Black Journalists and as former “NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year.”