CABJ Annual General Meeting

The CABJ 2011 Annual General Meeting, to take place on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Toronto Metro Hall.

Elections for our 2011-2013 Executive Board will take place at the metting. Please  find a detailed description of  Board of Director positions below. To obtain a Candidate Application form please email us at events@cabj.ca

Board Positions Open For Re-Election:

PRESIDENT – Chief executive officer of the organization and chairperson of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and membership meetings. Responsible for leading and developing sponsorship and partnership opportunities to support the needs of the association.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – The last serving president of the CABJ will serve as resource and support to newly elected president to a maximum of two years. This is a non-elected position.

VICE PRESIDENT/PRINT and VICE PRESIDENT/BROADCAST – (Two Separate Positions) Deputy executive officers of the organization and, at the direction of the President, chairpersons of the Executive Board, Board of Director and membership meeting in the President’s absence. Serve as liaison between the Board and the respective print and broadcast members. Work with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and perform such other duties as outlined in the Board Operating Procedures Manual.

VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS – Provides direction and leadership to the Public Relations caucus/members. Coordinate events and initiatives which support the needs of public relations professionals. Develop initiatives to increase and maintain membership. Develop partnerships with corporations and related associations to raise the profile of the CABJ. Act as the spokeperson on behalf of the association along with the President include media relations and creating a team responsible for advocacy of issues relating to Canadian Black journalists/media professionals and the industry overall. Develop and support initiatives for outreach of PR professionals across Canada.

VICE PRESIDENT NEW MEDIA – Provides direction and leadership to the New Media caucus/members. Coordinate events and initiatives which support to the needs of new media professionals. Develop initiative to increase and maintain membership. Develop partnerships with corporations and related associations as it relates to new media. Serve as the principal for updating CABJ website and social media properties with members from caucus. Develop and support initiatives for outreach of PR professionals across Canada.

SECRETARY – Chief record keeper to the organization. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs other duties as outlined.

TREASURER – Chief financial officer of the organization. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs such other duties as outlined. Maintains accurate monthly statements of the association’s financial status.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE – Serves as liaison between the Board and the student members of CABJ. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs such other duties as outlined.

Individual Board Member Responsibilities:

  • Board positions are a two year commitment. Except for President, which includes up to two additional
    years on the board as Immediate Past President
  • Attend monthly board meetings scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month.
  • Attendance may also be required at CABJ conferences, committee/task force meetings and functions,
    such as special events.
  • Provide written report of goals and achievements to the board of directors before quarterly meetings.
  • Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Board members should be comfortable with fundraising.
  • Inform others about the organization.
  • Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the
    board and the organization.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s
    annual financial statements.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the goals of the organization

PRESIDENT – Chief executive officer of the organization and chairperson of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and membership meetings. Responsible for leading and developing sponsorship and partnership opportunities to support the needs of the association. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT -  The last serving president of the CABJ will serve as resource and support to newly elected president to a maximum of two years. This is a non-elected position. VICE PRESIDENT/PRINT and VICE PRESIDENT/BROADCAST – (two separate positions) Deputy executive officers of the organization and, at the direction of the President, chairpersons of the Executive Board, Board of Director and membership meeting in the President’s absence. Serve as liaison between the Board and the respective print and broadcast members. Work with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and perform such other duties as outlined in the Board Operating Procedures Manual. VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS – Provides direction and leadership to the Public Relations caucus/members.  Coordinate events and initiatives which support the needs of public relations professionals.  Develop initiatives to increase and maintain membership.  Develop partnerships with corporations and related associations to raise the profile of the CABJ.  Act as the spokeperson on behalf of the association along with the President include media relations and creating a team responsible for advocacy of issues relating to Canadian Black journalists/media professionals and the industry overall.   Develop and support initiatives for outreach of PR professionals across Canada. VICE PRESIDENT NEW MEDIA- Provides direction and leadership to the New Media caucus/members.  Coordinate events and initiatives which support to the needs of new media professionals.   Develop initiative to increase and maintain membership.  Develop partnerships with corporations and related associations as it relates to new media.  Serve as the principal for updating CABJ website and social media properties with members from caucus.  Develop and support initiatives for outreach of PR professionals across Canada. SECRETARY – Chief record keeper to the organization. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs other duties as outlined. TREASURER – Chief financial officer of the organization. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs such other duties as outlined.  Maintains accurate monthly statements of the association’s financial status. STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE – Serves as liaison between the Board and the student members of NABJ. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs such other duties as outlined. INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend monthly board meetings scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month.  Attendance may also be required at CABJ conferences, committee/task force meetings and functions, such as special events.
  • Provide written report of goals and achievements to the board of directors before quarterly meetings.
  • Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Board members should be comfortable with fundraising.
  • Inform others about the organization.
  • Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s annual financial statements.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the goals of the organizationPRESIDENT – Chief executive officer of the organization and chairperson of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and membership meetings. Responsible for leading and developing sponsorship and partnership opportunities to support the needs of the association.IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT -  The last serving president of the CABJ will serve as resource and support to newly elected president to a maximum of two years. This is a non-elected position. VICE PRESIDENT/PRINT and VICE PRESIDENT/BROADCAST – (two separate positions) Deputy executive officers of the organization and, at the direction of the President, chairpersons of the Executive Board, Board of Director and membership meeting in the President’s absence. Serve as liaison between the Board and the respective print and broadcast members. Work with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and perform such other duties as outlined in the Board Operating Procedures Manual.VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS – Provides direction and leadership to the Public Relations caucus/members.  Coordinate events and initiatives which support the needs of public relations professionals.  Develop initiatives to increase and maintain membership.  Develop partnerships with corporations and related associations to raise the profile of the CABJ.  Act as the spokeperson on behalf of the association along with the President include media relations and creating a team responsible for advocacy of issues relating to Canadian Black journalists/media professionals and the industry overall.   Develop and support initiatives for outreach of PR professionals across Canada.VICE PRESIDENT NEW MEDIA- Provides direction and leadership to the New Media caucus/members.  Coordinate events and initiatives which support to the needs of new media professionals.   Develop initiative to increase and maintain membership.  Develop partnerships with corporations and related associations as it relates to new media.  Serve as the principal for updating CABJ website and social media properties with members from caucus.  Develop and support initiatives for outreach of PR professionals across Canada.SECRETARY – Chief record keeper to the organization. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs other duties as outlined. TREASURER – Chief financial officer of the organization. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs such other duties as outlined.  Maintains accurate monthly statements of the association’s financial status.STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE – Serves as liaison between the Board and the student members of NABJ. Works with the Board in such manner as the President shall direct and performs such other duties as outlined.INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Attend monthly board meetings scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month.  Attendance may also be required at CABJ conferences, committee/task force meetings and functions, such as special events.
  • Provide written report of goals and achievements to the board of directors before quarterly meetings.
  • Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Board members should be comfortable with fundraising.
  • Inform others about the organization.
  • Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s annual financial statements.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the goals of the organization

Donna Kakonge, Media Educator, Toronto

It took Donna Kakonge five years to get a teaching job in Toronto, her hometown. Her first teaching experience was at Carleton University in Ottawa as a Television Teaching Assistant. Today she is a known media educator and we asked her about her career and what advice she may have for those interested in making the transition.

Where are some of the places in the industry that you’ve worked?

I’ve worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canoe.ca, Young People’s Press, the Media Research Institute, Share Newspaper, Pride Newsmagazine and New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine, to name a few.

How did you become a media educator?

I really wanted to make the transition to teaching and Robert Payne, a 40-year journalism veteran, helped me along. I went to him for career coaching and, in 2005, he told me about a teaching job opening at Centennial College. I applied and although I did not get it, it opened the door for me.

In 2006 I taught my first course in Toronto at Centennial College in Magazine Journalism. This experience spring boarded into working at Seneca College, University of Guelph-Humber, Humber College, Trebas Institute, George Brown College and Ryerson University. However, if I didn’t have my master’s degree from Concordia University in Montréal, I would not be able to do this work.

What advice do you have for career communicators interested in education?

The landscape for what a lot of post-secondary institutions are asking of journalism educators is changing. Mike Karapita at Humber College calls it “credentializing.” There is a movement for educators to become more educated, and this is a big reason why I am currently doing my PhD in Education at OISE/University of Toronto.

What do you see for the future?

Journalism education needs more of an emphasis on how young journalists and communicators can be entrepreneurs and successfully run their own freelancing business. This is effective from a tax perspective, as well as a job security perspective. Job security is an elusive thing these days; however young journalists can stay on top of this by working for a variety of employers.