UT Arlington’s National Association of Black Journalists is gaining momentum this semester as the resurrected group organizes and spreads the word that the NABJ is back on campus and accepting new members.
NABJ had its first official meeting March 25. Julian Rodriguez is the chapter’s faculty advisor and broadcasting major Reginald Adetula helped launch the new chapter.
“Julian suggested to me that I try to help resurrect the NABJ chapter here at UTA, and I agreed but was sluggish,” Adetula said.
In December, Adetula came across an old column by Scoop Jackson for ESPN’s Page 2 entitled “The 1.3 percent doctrine.”
“In the article, Jackson writes about how four out of the 305 (or 1.3 percent) sports editors at APSE newspapers are black,” Adetula said. “That statistic gave me the kick I needed to actively pursue bringing the NABJ back to UTA.”
About a dozen students attended the initial meeting and new members are hoping to spread the word to others interested in joining. “There is also a chance that — with the cooperation of the national NABJ offices— all those who get involved early will be able to receive a free first-time NABJ student membership,” Adetula said.
Students interested in learning more about the NABJ are encouraged to email Reginald Adetula at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(SOURCE: The Department of Communication)