CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News hosted a meeting of the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists on Saturday.
The 30 men and women are from the New England chapter representing Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. They are part of the National Association of Black Journalists numbering 4,000 all across the country.
Michael Nyles of Bloomfield, Connecticut said it’s important to include western Massachusetts. “We want to get out and cover Connecticut, Springfield, Boston, anywhere around the 3 state area we cover that have media outlets that’s what this is about,” said Nyles.
Stephen Josey of Boston said the work of the New England chapter is also about bearing role models. “To get involved, to make some of the younger minority children, let them know what’s happening what they can do to better themselves in the future,” said Josey.
It wasn’t all business. Anchor Barry Kriger hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of 22News studios.
Ayanna Crawford of Springfield expects to become the newest member of the Black Journalists Association. “We’re living a in a diverse community, diverse society we want to make sure that folks of color are represented in every media aspect,” said Crawford.
A meaningful day for these journalists who help deliver the news at TV stations throughout the southern New England region.