Belmont Journalism Program Works With NABJ, High School, to Increase Newsroom Diversity

The Belmont University New Century Journalism program and the Nashville Association of Black Journalists are working together in a new effort to increase the numbers of journalists of color. Members of Belmont’s journalism faculty and NABJ, the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, will visit Maplewood High School regularly to share their experience, education and insight on working in a newsroom.
sybril.JPGDr. Sybril Bennett, executive director of Belmont’s New Century Journalism program, says the Belmont-NABJ outreach is in direct response to a meeting Jan. 9 in New York between representatives from the Radio Television News Directors Association and UNITY, an organization that includes journalists who are members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association. The industry leaders met to examine what they called the “disturbing decline in racial and ethnic representation in the nation