Black journalists cultivate future writers

A “multimedia boot camp” for nearly two dozen high school students recently took place in North Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC) was the site for the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalism High School Workshop (JSHOP) held August 5-7 in conjunction with the 2015 NABJ annual convention in Minneapolis.

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Neighborhood group finds Friendship Store less than friendly

Supporters say that the new Seward Co-Op Friendship Store soon to open at 38th Street and 3rd Avenue South can help solve the “food desert” problem in the Central and Bryant neighborhoods. However, it appears a “rift” has developed between the store and the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) over a proposed agreement.
CANDO officials had hoped for a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Seward Co-Op that, among other things, called for 70 percent of the store jobs go to Blacks and Latinos by December 31, 2016.

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NABJ Town Hall explored national education ‘crisis’

Many public school districts in this country are now “re-segregated.” This dreary fact, among others, was discussed during last week’s education town hall at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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NABJ celebrates 40 years in Minneapolis – sights and highlights

Some 2,000 journalists and media personalities were in Twin Cities for the 40th National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis, August 5 – 9. Iyanla Vanzant, Louis Gossett, Jr. and more were in attendance, Mint Condition performed at a fundraiser, and Prince invited members to Paisley Park to close out event.

See highlights from those in attendance in the Storify, and check the website and this week’s print for more NABJ coverage.

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Three Black journos had memorable MN careers

By the mid-’70s, NABJ founder Sam Ford worked at CBS affiliate WCCO-TV, where he did enterprising and heart-wrenching reporting. Walter Middlebrook, another young journalist, began long and rewarding career at both city newspapers. And Michael Days learned valuable lessons as an intern the climbed the industry ranks to editor of a metropolitan daily. Here are their stories.

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MSR river cruise celebrated 80 years of publishing

On Saturday, August 1, friends, supporters and contributors of the oldest African American-owned business in Minnesota gathered at St. Croix Boat & Packet on 525 Main Street South in Stillwater to commemorate 80 years of continuous publication of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) with a riverboat cruise celebration.

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Black journalism conference kicks off in Mpls — a remarkable 40 year milestone

From Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 5-9, members of the National Association of Black Journalists will convene their first convention in Minneapolis. This Twin City — sibling St. Paul is next door — has a special relationship with Black journalists.

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