In approximately 20 cities around the country on Saturday, the National Association of Black Journalists hosted its third annual National Black Male Media Project. HBCU Gameday’s Tolly Carr was an invited speaker at Saturday’s event in Atlanta.
The forum was created to examine diversity and accountability within the media and to provide solutions to improve black male representation.
“The overarching goal of BMMP is to counteract negative images of black men often portrayed in the media,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ President and creator of BMMP.
“We encourage all newsrooms across the country to make this a priority because how black men are portrayed in the news can have a direct impact on issues such as racial profiling, discriminatory hiring practices, violence and more. Black men are intellectuals, professionals, innovators, spiritual leaders, activists, fathers, brothers and sons just like any other man and should be treated and portrayed that way.”
The event in Atlanta was centered around “Being a Gatekeeper.” It gave an opportunity for participants to interact with black male decision makers in Atlanta media.
Along with Carr was Collie Burnett, CEO of the AIB Network, Drew Dawson with Georgia Public Broadcasting, Fox 5 Atlanta assistant news director Eric Ludgood, Glenn Marshall with PowerStar Live and Eric Burns formerly of Georgia Public Broadcasting.
The event was hosted at WSB-TV in Atlanta.