NLGJA Applauds the Launch of NBC OUT, the Newest Vertical from NBC News


Washington, D.C. - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has announced NBC OUT as the first of its kind from a major broadcast news network. NBC News launched its newest vertical June 1, providing original content on LGBTQ life and culture.

"NBC News has been a strong ally and partner of NLGJA for many years," said Adam Pawlus, the nonprofit's executive director. "NBC OUT is a fantastic opportunity to showcase enterprise reporting, original video and other unique content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community."

As NBC News Senior Vice President of Diversity and Talent Yvette Miley noted, "NBC OUT is the first LGBTQ news vertical created by a major broadcast media organization. All summer long, NBC OUT will showcase enterprise reporting, original video and a range of unique content geared towards the political, cultural and social interests of the LGTBQ community."

NLGJA member Brooke Sopelsa has been named managing editor of NBC OUT. In a letter from the editor posted to the site June 1, she wrote: "(O)ur acronym may only include a handful of letters, but the variety within each of them is vast. Keeping this in mind, the NBC OUT team is committed to highlighting content that spans the spectrum -- from a profile piece about an intersex millennial to an article about cisgender, black gay men in history, and a multimedia report about a Thai immigrant who started a transgender modeling agency."

NLGJA member Ryan Williams, NBC News director of multicultural initiatives, will oversee strategy and development of NBC OUT along with NBC News' other verticals: NBC BLK, NBC Latino, and NBC Asian America.


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