MSU students had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Philadelphia, PA for the National Association of Black Journalists Convention. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.
Three other MSU students and I met Thursday at 8am for registration and to head to the largest career fair I have ever seen. Companies like, CNN, CBS, ABC and ESPN were there. Also, print companies were there as well like the Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, and the New York Times. There were over 40 companies there recruiting for new workers. Participants from all around the states came prepared with resume reels, business cards and the firm handshake to get the attention of these employers. I spoke with the NYC Radio Company, CBS, ESPN and BET. I learned so much and was able to speak with MSU alumni Jemele Hill who works for ESPN as an analyst. The group of students and I interviewed, Stewart Scott, and Stephen A. Smith for our chapter website.
After the career fair we had the best soul food I have had in a long time from a restaurant called Delila’s. It was in the Market across from the convention center and I have macaroni and cheese, with smothered chicken and greens.
After lunch we attended an interactive session called “The Vanishing Black Sports Reporter,” which discussed how sports reporters of color are not being seen as much anymore. The panel included Steve Smith, David Aldridge, Tony Wyllie, and many other prominent sports representatives. It was very interesting to watch a panel of both Black and white discuss this issue.
The BET awards reception followed the session, and we were able to meet Tracee Ellis Ross from the hit show “Girlfriends.” I was able to meet MSU alumni Eric Hamilton at the reception who wants to help with the magazine I started at school. Honestly, I was happier about meeting him than meeting Ms. Ross. Thursday evening brought the Sports Task Force party, which was a very fun event with all of the professional writers.
Friday, and Saturday were both filled with more interactive sessions and networking. My favorite event of the week would be the Gospel Brunch which was held Saturday morning. They have a buffet of food and drinks with wonderful gospel music by national recording gospel singers. I absolutely loved it and was ok with the fact I had to wake up at 7:00am on a Saturday. Since Saturday was a winding down day we were able to tour the city of Philadelphia and take lots of pictures.
Overall this trip was amazing and I can’t wait until next year for the convention, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana!