Dear SFBJA Members,
We did not slow down as we closed out the 2017 calendar year. And we plan to make 2018 even more active and exciting. The December 2017 activities started with a meeting noon Saturday, Dec. 2 at Florida Memorial University.
On Friday, Dec. 15, members met up at journalism holiday mixer with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists South Florida, the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter and the Online News Association South Florida.
The next day, Saturday, Dec. 16, we held a stellar discussion about how journalists cover disasters, partnering again with the local journalism organizations mentioned above and disasterstructures.com, based in Wynwood.
And just before the year ended, Miami was selected as a finalist for a National Association of Black Journalists annual convention in either 2019 or 2021. That would make SFBJA a host chapter of a national convention. More details to come at the membership meeting Jan. 13, starting at 1 p.m. at the African American Research Library and Cultural Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Here are a few highlights of 2017:
January –The SFBJA Career Fair
February –Judge Prescott spoke about juvenile justice
March –Miami-Dade County spokesman Michael Hernandez chats with journalists
July — The SFBJA Beach Party at Haulover Beach
August — NABJ Annual Convention
October — Heard it on the Radio panel
December–Covering Disasters panel
SFBJA’s plans for 2018 include a focus on training and fundraising in order to give more scholarships to those who need them.
Plans for 2018 include a career fair, a scholarship challenge and giving awards to journalists who cover stories that matter to our community.
On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors of SFBJA, we look forward to serving you all.