The CBS News Team at this year’s NABJ conference –
At this summer’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair, which drew about 4,000 people, one of the largest booths belonged to CBS News. Students looking for internships or first jobs spoke with experienced journalists like correspondent Vladimir Duthiers and ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Nischelle Turner, as well as veteran recruiters like Maria Mercader, Director of Talent Strategy at CBS News.
|CBS is committed to having a big presence at all these conferences, and that’s why this summer, contingents from CBS News and other CBS properties made the trip to Aventura, Fla. for NABJ, Atlanta for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), and last week to New Orleans for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). Today, members of the CBS News professional development team, CBS’ diversity and inclusion team, as well as a host of employees who are members of the organization, will head to San Antonio for three days for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) annual conference.
Helping CBS News identify and secure early and experienced talent, while at the same time ensuring journalists are exposed to the latest training and development, are foundational conference principles for Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, Executive Vice President for Strategic Professional Development for CBS News. Ciprian-Matthews has made NABJ and the other conventions must-stops, as she, her staff and employee volunteers from across the Company help identify news talent and serve as panelists or moderators.
“CBS News has a very strong commitment to making sure our newsroom, whether it’s behind or in front of the camera, reflect our country and our society, and these summer diversity conferences are based on a similar philosophy, which brings mutual benefits,” said Ciprian-Matthews. “We have been longtime supporters and are always considering how we can heighten and strengthen our participation and partnership.”
In total, CBS organized or participated in dozens of panels this summer, including “Future of News” at NABJ, where CBS News President Susan Zirinsky spoke alongside Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times, and other leaders in the news business. After the panel discussion, Zirinsky co-hosted a reception with Ciprian-Matthews. The duo also hosted a reception at AAJA and are scheduled to do the same at NAHJ this week. Last week Ciprian-Matthews and Thomas hosted a dinner at NLGJA.
Kim Godwin, Executive Vice President of News, Sarah Glover (NABJ President during this summer’s conference), Susan Zirinsky and Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews during this summer’s NABJ conference.
CBS Presents Panel of Stars at NABJ Conference
(L-R) Folake Olowofoyeku of BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Tichina Arnold of THE NEIGHBORHOOD, panel moderator Jacque Reid, Brandon Micheal Hall of GOD FRIENDED ME and Simone Missick of ALL RISE
With thousands of journalists in attendance, the diversity journalism conferences are great places to showcase CBS shows and talent and share the Company’s progress with on-camera diversity.
At the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Convention and Career Fair on Aug. 10, Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion and Communications, an NABJ Lifetime Member, with Tagan Lee-Green, Director, Multicultural Media, organized a pair of CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS All Access-sponsored panels that were moderated by on-air personality Jacque Reid and drew a packed house and lively discussions. The first panel featured Tichina Arnold (THE NEIGHBORHOOD), Simone Missick (ALL RISE), Brandon Micheal Hall (GOD FRIENDED ME), and Folake Olowofoyeku (BOB❤ABISHOLA). The second panel featured Nyambi Nyambi and Michael Boatman from THE GOOD FIGHT.
“It’s great to see CBS bringing diversity and inclusion across all their platforms. I’m looking forward to it all,” was among the comments from audience members. Before and after the panel, some journalists conducted one-on-one interviews with the actors.
Smith-Anoa’i’s team was also part of the NABJ LGBTQ Taskforce that presented the LGBTQ Visibility Awards and Reception.