Members of the Twin Cities Association of Black Journalists executive board (left to right), treasurer and past president, Maria Reeve, parliamentarian, Marsha Pitts-Phillips, secretary, Sheree Curry, vice president, Meghann Oglesby and president, Nicole Norfleet.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Twin Cities Association of Black Journalists (TCBJ) is a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) finalist for Professional Chapter of the Year.  

Each year, the NABJ Chapter of the Year Award is presented to a professional and student affiliate chapter for their accomplishments during the eligibility period. The criteria include the number of new members who have joined the chapter and NABJ, the chapter's community activities and programs, and the number and size of scholarships awarded by the chapter.  

In an area that has some of the largest racial disparities in the nation, TCBJ has played a crucial role in the development of Black media professionals, including providing funding for the TCBJ/Insight News internship and providingscholarships for individuals to attend the 2018 NABJ Convention. TCBJ hosted panels on important topics such as police brutality and race in sports coverage and worked to retain and attract journalists of color to the area. The chapter also is active in community service. In 2018, the group delivered 278 presents to the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center for Christmas. TCBJ also hosted a Media Soul Bowl to unite Black journalism and media professionals in the area.  

“Our chapter is never going to be as large as some of the other chapters on the coasts, but despite our size, we strive to support Black journalists throughout Minnesota newsrooms and push for stories with diverse voices,” said Nicole Norfleet, president of TCBJ. “In a state with such glaring inequities, I think our work is even more vital. Thank you to all of the journalists who have become my family and worked so hard to make TCBJ prosper and grow. TCBJ is thrilled to be named a Chapter of the Year finalist.” 

“NABJ thrives from the activities and commitment of its professional and student chapters. NABJ chapters are the backbone of the association and the reason why we are a force to be reckoned with,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “This year’s finalists have contributed in major ways to ensuring that NABJ has been on the pulse of issues of race and discrimination in the media, as well as focused on membership engagement, career development and community activism nationwide.” 

Other chapters vying for the honor of Professional Chapter of the Year are the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists Los Angeles, the Rochester Association of Black Journalists and the San Diego Association of Black Journalists. 

Student Chapter of the Year finalists are George Washington University Association of Black Journalists, Howard University Association of Black Journalists, University of Maryland - College Park Association of Black Journalists, University of North Texas Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and Winthrop University Association of Black Journalists. 

The winners will be announced during NABJ’s National Convention & Career Fair Opening Ceremony on Wednesday (Aug. 7) at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Fla.

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