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National Association of Black Journalists convention 2017: #BlackGirlMagic in Broadcast News

Wmc Events Nabj Conf 2017 W Cristal Williams Chancellor
(Right to left: Barbara Ciara, anchor, WTKR-TV, Virginia Beach; Cristal Williams Chancellor WMC director of communications; Ava Greenwell Thompson, NABJ program chair, professor, Northwestern Medill School of Journalism; Barbara Gauthier, anchor, WTVM-TV, Columbus, GA; Syan Rhodes-Pitts, anchor/reporter @ KPRC-TV in Houston and unidentified woman in jeans. (who was not on the panel.)

Although black women have made numerous strides in network news and in top news markets both in front of the camera and behind, there is still much work to do. This panel discussed the latest research on black women in television news.

Cristal Williams Chancellor (second from right), WMC’s director of communications, shared the findings from the organization’s Divided 2017, which measured the representation of women in media at the top 20 news organizations. The NABJ discussion, which was standing-room only, also centered on other research from “The Status of Women in U.S. Media 2017” and WMC’s #HireHer campaign, an effort to encourage CBS to name a woman as anchor of its weekday evening news broadcast. Other panelists included anchors and correspondents from network news and their affiliates and Carole Simpson, a pioneer in broadcast news.