Time for 2017 Griot Drum Awards

Award winners will be presented during TBABJ’s Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet to be held at on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive Tampa, Fla. Tickets are $35 for the general public,  $30 for TBABJ members and $10 for students. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. TBABJ also will present awards […]

Inspire Black Men: An NABJ Initiative

The NABJ Black Male Media Project will launch its first program in various cities across the United States on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to. Join the Tampa Bay Association of […]


Congrats 2016 Griot Drum Award winners

2016 WINNERS OF GRIOT DRUM AWARDS CONTEST Congratulations to this year’s winners of TBABJ’s Griot Drum media awards contest for the best coverage of people of color. RADIO General News Reporting: Cathy Carter, WUSF Public Media Feature Reporting: Mark Schreiner, WUSF Public Radio Investigative Reporting: Mark Schreiner WUSF Public Radio TELEVISION General News Reporting: Tammie […]


Thanks for attending the 2016 Griot Drum Awards Dinner

Tampa, FL – A special thank you everyone who attended our 2016 Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Dinner. It was, thanks to your participation a wonderful success. We honored amazing coverage of communities of color, gave out scholarships and recognizes pioneers in Tampa journalism. A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors as well. See videos […]

TBABJ accepting scholarship applications

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Griot Drum Scholarship Contest.   TBABJ awards thousands of dollars annually to deserving high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students of color pursuing college degrees in journalism or a communications-related discipline.   Please encourage all high school seniors, undergraduate and […]


Open Letter to Former Employees of The Tampa Tribune

  An Open Letter to Former Tampa Tribune Employees: The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is saddened to learn that the demise of the Tampa Tribune will result in the elimination of 100 jobs of journalists and other staff members. For more than 120 years, the Tampa Tribune told the stories of the people, […]

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Danese Kenon named Deputy Photo Director at Tampa Bay Times

  FROM NPPA: On the heels of winning two Pulitzer Prizes, The Tampa Bay Times has announced that veteran photojournalist Danese Kenon will join the staff to become their deputy director of photography for video and multimedia. Photograph by Melissa Lyttle ATHENS, GA (April 19, 2016) – On the heels of winning two Pulitzer Prizes, […]


NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt Named 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2016) – Lester Holt, anchor of ‘NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,’ has been selected as the 2016 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has extraordinary depth, […]

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Student resume workshop a great success

Special thanks to the students and presenters for today’s resume writing workshop at the University of South Florida. Students received one on one feedback on their resumes and resume reels. They heard from several professionals about the do’s and don’t of resume writing and interviewing. Thanks to Melissa Stacy Assistant News Director of WFLA, News Channel […]


Carter elected president of TBABJ

TAMPA, FLA. – Veteran news anchor Rod Carter has been elected president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ).    The WFLA News Channel 8 anchor will lead the organization that represents journalists and communication professionals of color in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Polk, Manatee and Pasco counties. He previously served as TBABJ’s […]


Poynter and NABJ Partner to Develop New Digital Leadership Program

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 29, 2016) – The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists will partner to create a transformational leadership program for journalists of color working in digital media. This intensive, tuition-free program will address the unique issues journalists of color face on the path to leadership in digital journalism and […]

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TBABJ to host student workshop

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is teaming up with the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications to host a student workshop. Click Here to Download Tips for Resume Building It is happening Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the USF Zimmerman building (4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa FL 33620). […]


TBABJ Forum – Getting Your News in the News – March 24th 7 P.M.

Do you have a great story but can’t seem to get any traction with the media? Do you have an event coming up, but you can’t seem to get the attention of the people making news decisions? The Tampa Bay Association of  Black Journalists is here to help. Click this link to for more information […]

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‘Journal-isms’ parts ways with Maynard Institute

The 13 year running column “Journal-isms’ is separating from the Maynard Institute  for Journalism Education. On it’s website, the Maynard Institute wrote: ” The Maynard Institute is currently in a strategic planning process focused on how the Institute can best use its resources to champion diversity in the digital age. After much deliberation, the Board of Directors has decided […]


Tampa Bay Times to print Tampa Tribune

Tampa, Fla – The Tampa Bay Times newspaper will now print its rival paper the Tampa Tribune. According to published reports, the deal is for five years, terms though have not been released. Read more below from both the Times and the Tribune, as well as Poynter: Tampa Bay Times TBO.COM Poynter  

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Bay News 9 HR Director talks hiring at TBABJ monthly meeting

St. Petersburg, Fla – The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists held it’s February meeting at Sylvia’s Restaurant in St. Petersburg. Bay News 9 Human Resources Manager Charles Morton spoke to the group about the hiring process and what managers are looking for. He also took questions from members as well, as two students attending. […]

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TBABJ receives honor

Tampa, FL – This year at the 3rd Annual LIFT Awards Ceremony the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists was honored for its contributions in the community, ‘LIFT’ ing others up.  

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TBABJ Celebrates Black History Month

  Tampa, Fla – Black History Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of people of color in the United States. The celebration started as  “Negro History Week.”  It was the brainchild of  historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black […]


TBABJ mourns the death of Michael Feeney

Michael Feeney fund garners thousands in just days. Tampa, Fl – The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists mourns the death of fellow NABJ’r Michael Feeney.  Feeney,  a former New York Daily News reporter, was until recently, president of the New York Association of Black Journalists. According to the Daily News, he died of a […]