WATCH: Buffalo mayoral debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo’s three Democratic mayor candidates squared off against each other for a mayoral debate Thursday evening.

The three candidates are current mayor Byron Brown, Mark Schroeder, and Betty Jean Grant.

Watch the debate above.

The debate was sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

Here is their mission statement:

As an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, the world’s largest media organization for people of color, the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists  chapter helps minority organizations better utilize the media.

It  is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to getting expanded and more balanced media coverage of minorities and increasing minority representation at both the staff and management levels in Western New York newsrooms.

The BABJ also monitors media coverage of minorities and reports to the community, and holds workshops for groups that seek media coverage. 

The BABJ also prepares minority students for careers in print and broadcast journalism, awards an annual scholarship to African-American students interested in journalism, and sponsors a youth news radio show to teach young people about journalism. 

Using community forums, workshops, political debates, and a variety of other means, the BABJ works to: 

(a) Advance the interests of blacks in the journalistic profession and make available  members to serve as role models and mentors for students interested in journalism;

(b) Strengthen ties among blacks in all media;

(c) Sensitize the media and the community to racism in news coverage and employment practices;

(d) Sponsor scholarships for students to ensure continued representation of blacks in the media;

(e) Assist black journalists in enhancing their skills;

(f)  Assist community groups in accessing the media to tell their stories.

Journalists, media-related professionals and members of the general public interested in joining may contact any officer, attend a BABJ meeting or call 849-5598 for more information.

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