MABJ General Body Meeting: From Boss Crump to King Willie

On Saturday, May 20th, the MABJ held a general body meeting, discussing race and Memphis politics.

WREG Political Commentator and U of M Journalism Professor, Otis Sanford, was our speaker. He authored “From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics;”  a historical narrative about Memphis politics.

During the meeting, we discussed topics such as the political evolution of Memphis during the 20th century and what happened leading up to the election of Dr. Willie W. Herenton (who had the longest serving term in Memphis history).

In 1939, Memphis had four mayors in a day in a half because of the shenanigans of Boss Crump.

Those four mayors included Crump himself, Watkins Overton, Walter Chandler, and Clifford Davis. The book expounds on what these men added to the history of the city. 

Congratulations to “The Neely Agency’s” Jennifer Sharp for being named the Member of the Month. We are proud of you!

If you’re considering joining the MABJ, now is a great time to do so. Visit to download an application and pay membership fees for this year.

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MABJ General Body Meeting: Mental Health

On Saturday, April 29th, the MABJ held a general body meeting, expounding on the subject of mental health in the workplace. The theme was “Media and Mental Health: How the Epidemic is Impacting our Journalists.” Leon Freeman, a Clinical Supervisor with Youth Dimensions, spoke about the subject. 

We discussed the following; What’s aired during the first 5 minutes of a newscast, how covering those topics affect the journalists’ psyche, etc.

The meeting’s topic opened a much needed discussion on how a job can affect a journalists personal life and relationships.

Congratulations to WMC’s Jerry Askin for being named the Journalist of the Month. We are proud of you!

If you’re considering joining the MABJ, now is a great time to do so. Visit to download an application and pay membership fees for this year.

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MABJ Spring Reception Success!


Huge shoutout to everyone who came out to the Spring Reception, we couldn’t have done it without you.

We raised nearly $1,000 dollars. That money will help build scholarships for students pursuing careers in media!


We would also like to thank our sponsors again:

Kroger, McCullough Law, Nehemiah, Caprice & Terry Morgan, Black Thought, and the Tri-State Defender.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the photos from the event.

***Courtesy of Gregory Lopez Photography***


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MABJ Reception Alert!

The Memphis Association of Black Journalists is proud to present our very first social event of the year.

Our chapter prides itself on providing a link to professional development, networking and journalistic growth for all members of our chapter.

This event focuses on building relationships throughout our community.

This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about MABJ.

Click here to join us on March 25th from 4-7 p.m. for fun, food and drinks!


We would also like to thank our sponsors for their support!

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Success: NABJ Region III Conference

This year’s Region III Conference, in Dallas, TX, was a success! So much so, the conference sold out. NABJ Members from across the region were able connect with like-minded journalists to discuss the changes and challenges in our profession.

Sessions included discussions on topics like “The Rise of Fake News” (moderated by our own president, Siobhan Riley), “The Power of Persuasion, Negotiation and Strategy,” and student workshops.

Members of the Memphis Association of Black Journalists were also able to attend.

Next stop, New Orleans!



January Meeting Recap

On Saturday, January 14, the MABJ held its first meeting of the year. Local 24 anchor Kelli Cook interviewed ABC correspondent Kenneth Moton via satellite. Moton offered tremendous insight about his experiences on the ground covering the White House in DC. Together, he and Cook discussed the need for confident, empowered journalists – as well as the balance between responsible journalism and job security.

Our “Reporting In A Trump Presidency” session set the tone for a great year of professional development workshops for our membership.

Thank you to Chef-For-A-Day Catering for providing light hors d’ouevres for our group.

Also, congratulations to our new members on joining the only professional membership organization for journalists in this region. We are glad to have you.

If you’re considering joining the MABJ, now is a great time to do so. Visit to download an application and pay membership fees for this year.


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2017 Region III Conference: Dallas

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Region III Conference will take place at the Marriot Suites – Market Center in Dallas on March 10-12.

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Last year’s conference was hosted by our Memphis Chapter and we are hoping that several chapter members can make it to Dallas to show support. Plus, NABJ is bringing the IRE Watchdog Workshop back. Remember, space is limited so register ASAP.

Visit the website to learn more about this year’s workshops, receptions, and activities.

Room Rate: $105, includes breakfast. ($97 for room only)

Let us know if you will be joining NABJ/MABJ in the Lone Star State.

Kontji Anthony Named WMCTV Co-Anchor

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – WMC Action News 5 in Memphis announced that Kontji Anthony will be co-anchor for WMC Action News 5 at 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm. Anthony came to WMC Action News 5 in July of 2005, where she started as a reporter. She was promoted to weekend anchor in 2008, then 4pm anchor in 2015. Anthony has been filling in, anchoring the 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm newscasts since December, 2015, and will now be a permanent fixture in those newscasts.

Successful NABJ Region III Conference In Memphis

We’re thrilled that Memphis was selected as the host city for the Region III Conference. Over 100 journalists from the Southeast region convened in Memphis for over two dozen workshops and panels to help advance the professional interests in black media professionals in the south.

New Executive Board Named For 2017

Congratulations to the 2016 Executive Board of the Memphis Association Of Black Journalists. The board members were selected by plurality vote in November 2015. Appointments are listed below.

President – Siobhan Riley

(Reporter-WREG TV 3)

Vice Pres. Broadcasting – Noel Hutchinson

(Host- Black Thought TV-MUTV1)

Vice Pres. Print – Trennie Williams
(Editor- Silverstar Newspaper)

Vice Pres. Public Relations – Danielle Inez(Owner- Ding Marketing)

Vice Pres. Digital Media

Poinesha Barnes (Producer WREG TV 3)

Secretary – Michael Quander

(Reporter- WREG TV 3)

Treasurer – Richard Thompson

(Owner- Mediaverse Blog Site)

Parliamentarian – Montee Lopez

(Producer – Local 24 TV News)

Student Liaison – Victoria Brinkley

(Producer – WREG TV 3)


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