By: Editorial Staff
Gilliam elected NABJ president p.
WASHINGTON POST columnist Dorothy Gilliam was elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists at its recent annual convention in Houston.
In Keeping with the 19-year-old association’s tradition of contested elections, Gilliam won with 59% of the vote, besting Sports Illustrated senior editor Roy Johnson with 29% and CBS cameraman Robert Tutman with 11%,
Gilliam succeeds Sidmel Estes-Sumpter, an Atlanta television news producer, in the two-year presidency.
Jackie Jones, city editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, was elected vice president/print. She defeated Dwight H. Lewis, city editor of the Tennssean in Nashville.
In unopposed elections, Vanessa Williams of the Philadelphia Inquirer was re-elected secretary; Jackie Greene, director of editorial systems for USA Today, was re-elected treasurer; and Detroit News business reporter and columnist Angelo Henderson was elected parliamentarian.
NABJ members also voted for two changes in the constitution.
They rescinded full voting rights for members who work in public relations. Public-relations professionals who were given full membership only last year will retain voting rights.
Members also voted to extend associate, non-voting members to professionals who work on the business side of news organizations.