National Association of Black Journalists Loses Support of CNN

President of the organization recently criticized the network

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According to TV Newser, CNN has withdrawn its support for NABJ’s 2015 Convention & Career Fair. The organization was told last week by NABJ president Bob Butler. It’s being reported Butler has publicly expressed his concern regarding CNN’s hiring and employee retention practices of black journalists.

“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” Butler says. “There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”

Darius Walker, who was CNN’s New York Bureau Chief/VP, is an NABJ member and was among one of the managers cut by the network.

The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 40th Annual Convention & Career Fair from August 5-9, 2015 in Minneapolis.

  • grow up already

    Move on and partner with someone else. There’s the Oprah network, TV One, just to start. If that doesn’t work there’s others. If you’re afraid to report the truth even about the one who’s sponsoring you without fear of repercussion then you can’t really call yourself a journalist anyway. Can you?

  • BanRachetness

    I agree with grow up already. So what now what? I am sure there are others. Form your own network. It’s time we made our own cakes and stopped begging for crumbs at their table.

  • aharrell2000

    When these things occur it always opens the door for another opportunity….that opportunity being helping a smaller upcoming news outlet. The CNN’s of the world have their set base….identifying a “CNN UpComer” may be a better move. Good luck!

  • Yes, it’s time to hold our own.

  • Teezy

    I’m right along with everyone. Lets build our own, and tell out own truth.

  • billyblaq

    I guess it would be hard for us blacks to have our own media companies since we don’t have that many black owned businesses throughout the United States. It’s sad that we have to depend on bias news sources that portray us as animals to get our information.