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Four years ago, UNITY organizers dared to dream they might have 10,000 registrants at the 2008 conference.

But as the conference grows closer, their dreams have been dashed by the side effects of industry turmoil and layoffs. As of 4 p.m. Friday, only 4,314 people had registered for the conference.

The conference meets July 23 to July 27 in Chicago. Are you planning to go? Meet up with CFABJers as well as local members of NAHJ and AAJA who also will be attending the conference at our July 17 pre-UNITY event.

Watch this space for more details.


Message from our president, Kenya Woodard

The fundraising and forum committees will meet from 10 a.m to 12:30
p.m. this Saturday (June 7) at Channel 13 news station, 20 N. Orange
Ave, 2nd floor, Wachovia Bldg. Parking is available on street or you
may park in a nearby garage. 

The fundraising committee will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. and discuss
planning for our August Wine Sips for Scholarships event. The forum
committee will meet to plan an education forum scheduled to be held in

Please come out and bring your ideas. CFABJ needs you

We’ve reminded you about it before, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to do it again.

If you’re planning to attend UNITY this summer, consider paying your registration costs before June 13, when the price goes up.

…then you missed some exciting discussion about online social-networking applications, the intersection of old and new media and what broadcast outlets and print publications have to do to survive in a rapidly changing world.

But even if you did miss the two-day event in downtown Orlando this past weekend, you still have an opportunity to see what some of the presenters and attendees had to say and learn about some of the future efforts being planned to unite the Orlando-area tech and arts communities.


Have you been meaning to catch up with the latest on the tools for creating and distributing information on the Internet? Register (for free) for BarCampOrlando on April 5th and 6th. The first day will focus on the technical side of things for software developers and programmers. Sunday’s focus will be on new media with workshops on video production, photography, podcasting and more.

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Max and Sharon got in the socializing spirit at the Circle of Friends-CFABJ mixer Thursday, March 27 at Miroza Restaurant in Orlando’s MetroWest.

See more pictures from the event at the CFABJ Flickr feed.

We’re co-sponsoring a Jazz Nite event with Circle of Friends on March 27 in MetroWest.

Hope we’ll see you there.

Details below.

Circle of Friends


Jazz Nite

 In conjunction with

Central Florida Association of Black Journalists

At Miroza Restaurant & Lounge

Sponsor: State Farm Insurance 

Please join the COF and the CFABJ for Jazz Nite at Miroza Restaurant & Lounge, in Metro West. Miroza is a hip little slice of Central Florida culture where American cuisine is influenced by the many diverse regions of Latin America. Enjoy an eclectic mix of Latin American delights and your favorite
cocktail in an inviting atmosphere of elegance.  

What: Jazz Nite

When: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Time: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Cost: $5.00

Where: Miroza Restaurant & Lounge

Address:2869 Wilshire Dr. Orlando, FL 32835 (map)

Kimberly Calhoun, an Orlando Sentinel copy editor, will be singing in an international choir at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Linda Chapin Auditorium.

The group started in England, and Orlando’s 150-person group is the first U.S. version of the choir. They’ll be singing songs from movies such as Casablanca, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain and Harry Potter.

Questions? Call Sing Live at 407-886-8629 or visit the Web site. Tickets also may be purchased through Ticketmaster and at the auditorium.

CFABJ members are making themselves known nationally!

Check out CFABJ treasurer Chester Glover with Cornel West at the State of the Black Union event.


Chet attended the conference in New Orleans in February, and sends this report:

 “I went to New Orleans for the Tavis Smiley Presents The State of The Black Union event. Smiley asked those attending the SOBU to come a day early to volunteer a day of service to the hurricane-torn communities of the Upper and Lower Ninth Wards, Central City and New Orleans East. More than 1,000 volunteers worked Friday to help build homes, paint schools, build playgrounds and beautify state parks.

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