WarnerMedia makes a big splash at NABJ in Miami

14 Aug 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

The “Magic City” said “Bienvenidos” to thousands of black journalists and WarnerMedia for the 44th annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention, which took place Aug. 7-11 in Miami.

The sights and sounds of south Florida drew in a record number of attendees – more than 4,000 black journalists – the highest attendance in NABJ’s history.

NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. Founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., it’s an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. The convention’s theme this year was “Fight the Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose.” It coincides with the 30th anniversary of Public Enemy’s song of the same name, which was also the theme song of Spike Lee’s blockbuster film, “Do the Right Thing.” Each explored how to rise up against racial tensions and the powers at be preventing social change and equality – issues which directly impact black journalists in their personal and professional lives.  

Held annually, the convention offers almost a week’s worth of networking, training and career opportunities, panels, screenings and more. Major news, TV, radio and newspaper outlets have an enormous presence at the convention, including WarnerMedia – which sent professionals from CNN, Warner Bros., Bleacher Report and Turner Sports.

This was WarnerMedia’s first time as a collective at the convention, and the company showed up in big ways, offering attendees a number of different opportunities, including panels with CNN and Turner Sports talent, producer and reporter workshops, resume and reel critiques, plus screenings of upcoming WarnerMedia movies.

Journalists weren’t the only ones in attendance at NABJ this year. Celebrities – and even presidential candidates – got in on all the action. Actor Michael B. Jordan shared clips from his new film “Just Mercy.” The film centers around a call to fix America’s broken prison system and is the first film production to fall under WarnerMedia’s new diversity and inclusion policy. As the nation heads toward another presidential election, Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Senators Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker stopped by to speak to the NABJ attendees and potential voters, and for the first time since 2004, a Republican presidential candidate made an appearance at the convention, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. 

WarnerMedia remains committed to its diversity and inclusion policy, a commitment shared by WarnerMedia President of News and Sports Jeff Zucker. Earlier this summer, Zucker announced Johnita Due as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for WarnerMedia News & Sports to help lead diversity efforts.

In its efforts to promote equality in the workplace, WarnerMedia works with organizations dedicated to diversity in media and journalism, including the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the Association for LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA). For more information on WarnerMedia’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.warnermediagroup.com/company/corporate-responsibility