We will accomplish our mission through the following initiatives:
I. Task Forces. Seven (7) sub-groups have been created
within the collective group that is designed to address the specific needs and issues
of our members. The Task Forces are: (1) Magazine Publishers Task Force; (2) Visual Task Force; (3) Production Task
Force; (4) Public Relations Task Force; (5) Freelancers Task Force; (6) Sports Task Force; and (7) Student Task Force.
II Professional Development. We provide skill-building programs,
workshops and discussion forums that will develop our member's skills and foster excellence in their work.
III. Networks. Networking event opportunities that give
members the opportunity to make contacts and compare notes with fellow journalists and professionals from other disciplines
---- print, broadcast, new media and public relations.
Multimedia Communications Technology. Utilization of the CABJ website as an Electronic Resource Center
for training, discussion, information sharing and the flow of information among CABJ members and the Chicago community.
V. Partnerships and Collaborations. CABJ partners with
other professional journalism organizations to encourage and promote diversity in the media. CABJ also partners with
other business; professional and community organizations on various projects and initiatives that will serve the memberships'
need as well the community at large.
Services. CABJ will provide our members with services and programs that will support and assist members in
pursuing their career endeavors.
* Interactive & Connectability
Meetings - (No more boring talking heads meetings)
* Media Advocacy Program - Revamped advocacy program that
serves as a watchdog for the issues and the rights of African American journalists.
* Decision Makers Brown
Bag Series - a great opportunity to discuss and lunch with Chicago's most influential media executives
* Yahoo Group List Serves - For all CABJ including individual task force list serves
panel discussions, and special events specially tailored for CABJ members
* Media Awards Competition - recognizing
and honoring excellence in the profession
* New CABJ grants and fellowship programs for our new and up &
* Membership Kit - includes membership card, member certificate, CABJ pin & members only
password access to the CABJ website.
Outreach. The community outreach initiative offers new and improved Internship Programs for colleges students,
Mentor Programs through our "Developing Young Journalists" Initiative, new elementary and high school CABJ
Journalism Clubs; Media News Watch Service and Speakers' Bureau.