National Association of Black Journalists takes on Las Vegas


Submitted by Tyrenisha James

(L-R) Darrin Nixon Jr., Matthew Craig, Malaya White, Allison Darty, Tyrenisha James, Nadia Johnson, Joshua Robertson and Jordan Mack-Mnair.

Members of Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists traveled to Las Vegas to attend the NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention and Career Fair.
With the help of Nicole Gray, NSU Foundation Board member and founder of the NSU Black Alumni Alliance, the organization was set to attend the convention for the first time.
According to Gray, Darrin Nixon, NABJ’s Fundraising Chairman informed her about the organization’s plans to attend the convention.
“Darrin and I have a huge amount of respect for each other, and I was excited to use my resources to assist NSU students attending the event,” Gray said. “I have a sincere passion for helping students thrive both personally and professionally.”
Gray, an alumna of NSU obtaining a degree in communication in 1994 said it felt natural to offer her support.
“Writing has always been and always will be my first love,” Gray said. “I will watch with excitement as these students become award-winning journalists and creators traveling the world.”
From Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, members connected with aspiring and prominent journalists from around the world. Attendees had the opportunity to explore the career fair with companies ranging from Yahoo to Fox Sports and attend various sessions.
Gray said it’s important for aspiring journalists and young professionals to have these spaces.
“Attending industry events, conventions, and seminars are some of the best ways to grow as a professional and hone your experience in your selected craft,” Gray said.
Allison Darty, NABJ president and senior communication major, said it was important for members to be exposed to other communication professionals.
“It helped us all see the different avenues the communications world has to offer,” Darty said.
Darty said the convention helped her figure out her next steps in life.
“I learned about Law360, a communication news platform that analyzes legal developments,” Darty said. “It was nice to see a company that offered me access to all of my interests.”
Joshua Robertson, NABJ’s vice president of broadcast and a junior hospitality management and tourism major, said it was a great experience.
“It helped me get out of my comfort zone to talk and network with people,” Robertson said.
Darty said the conference strengthened the organization’s bond.
“The conference helped us learn a lot about ourselves and also helped us all bond with each other,” Darty said.