Watergate III: The Last Word on the 2012 Elections The Who, What, Where, and Why?

NOVEMBER 17, 2012
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n behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Journalists, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2012 Media Institute
on Political Reporting Watergate III: The Last Word on the 2012 Elections: The Who, What, Where, and Why. Our distinguished

panelists will offer their unique perspectives on the political issues surrounding our recent election, and provide Institute attendees the opportunity to have an intimate dialogue with leaders known and respected for their work in the political arena. NABJ’s leadership is hard at work making NABJ indispensable to you; creating projects and programs that will bolster the strength of NABJ, pushing for jobs, creating training opportunities and advocating for better representation of African-Americans in media coverage. This special conference offers networking and training opportunities to many journalists, equipping them with the vital information needed to improve political coverage. Journalists and media professionals will leave with resources to inform and empower news consumers. I would also like to give a special thanks to our conference chairs, Charles Robinson, Sonya Ross, and Wayne Dawkins, as well as their team for organizing such a great program. Thank you again for joining us for what promises to be a dynamic conference. It is our hope that you will find our program helpful and can take what you have learned back to your newsrooms. In Service, Gregory Lee Jr. President National Association of Black Journalists
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Dear Watergate Attendees, Welcome to NABJ Media Institute on Political Reporting, Watergate III: The Last Word on 2012 Election. What an exciting year for politics. The members of NABJ have helped chronicle the various stories at the local and national level across multimedia platforms. Reporters have watched the many twist and turns of the campaign season culminating in election night. You’ll hear from those on the frontlines including newsmakers, reporters and analysts. It was clear when we started the first Media Institute on Political Reporting at the National Journal Headquarters (The Watergate Complex) we had crossed a threshold. The number of political reporters in NABJ was increasing. Some had progressed from local coverage of politics to cover national campaigns. By 2004, some of us wondered out loud if the United States was ready for its first African-American President. When candidate Barack Obama announced his intention to run for President we saw a nearly doubling of Black political reporters and an increase of other minorities on the political beat. NABJ’s Watergate Conference (as it has become known) is a must-attend event for anyone wanting to be on the inside of the political game. First, we want to thank our sponsors who share our vision that the media should reflect our society. It takes a team of people to pull off an endeavor like this. We want to thank the NABJ Political Reporters Taskforce that provides guidance and assistance. NABJ staff is invaluable when it comes to coordinating an event of this nature. There are people behind the scenes who make putting on a conference like this look easy: NABJ Founder Paul Brock, and Dr. Wayne Dawkins, Hampton University, and the NABJ staff. We are deeply honored to have you here and hope you’ll take the knowledge of these experts and share them through your various media and social media circles. Thank you, Charles F. Robinson, III Political Reporter, Maryland Public Television Watergate Conference Chair Sonya Ross Race & Ethnicity Editor, The Associated Press Political Task Force Chair
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About NABJ

ounded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Many of NABJ’s members also belong to one of the dozens of professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide. The NABJ Media Institute offers quality web seminars and handson professional development, entrepreneurial guidance, technical training at national and regional conferences as well as sponsored events around the country. NABJ will host its next Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, July 31- August 4, 2013. Thousands of the nation’s foremost journalists, students, educators and media professionals will gather to partake in full and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. For additional information visit, www.nabj.org.
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President Gregory Lee V.P of Broadcast Bob Butler

NABJ Board of Directors
Region III Director Dedrick Russell Region IV Director A. J. Ross Region V Director Mary Benton

V.P of Print Errin Haines Secretary Lisa D. Cox Treasurer Keith Reed

Region VI Director Michelle Parliamentarian Fitzhugh Cindy George Craig Region I Director Sherlon Christie Region II Director Corey Dade Associate Representative Dawn Roberts Student Representative Wesley Lowery

NABJ Staff
Excutive Director Maurice Foster Program Staff Nikki Shedrick Founder Paul Brock Natalia Prakash Scott Berry Aprill O. Turner

Watergate III: NABJ Media Institute on Political Reporting

Saturday, November 17
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8:45 a.m. OPENING REMARKS 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. OPENING SESSION : MOVING AHEAD: HOW WILL GOVERNMENT BE DIFFERENT IN 2013? This session will explore how diverse perspectives can unite to help influence a positive change in the country’s political process. Moderator: Sonya Ross, Race and Ethncity Editor, Associated Press Panelists: Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, theGrio.com David Hawkings, Editor of Daily Briefings, CQ RollCall William Reed, President, Black Press Foundation 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. THE EFFECT OF SUPREME COURT RULINGS ON THE 2012 ELECTION From upholding the Affordable Care Act to the Citizens United case to states’ cases on voter registration requirements, the nation’s highest court played a significant role in the outcomes of the 2012 election. Will the Supreme Court’s decisions continue to influence the country’s political practices? What role does politics play in the judicial process? Moderator: Jesse Holland, Supreme Court Writer, Associated Press Panelists: Barbara Arnwine, President/Executive Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Johnine Barnes, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP E.J. Dionne, Columnist, Washington Post 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. HELP WANTED: WHAT IT TAKES TO GET HIRED TODAY More than ever, political journalists must be able to present dense ideals in a concise and creative way. Panelists will share information on the skills needed to appeal to employers. Moderator: Shirley Carswell, Deputy Managing Editor, Washington Post Panelists: Jason Ingram, Human Resource Manager, CQ RollCall Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Managing Editor, TheRoot.com

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Saturday, November 17
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCHEON: THE ROLES OF THE WOMAN, LATINO AND BLACK VOTE These groups play a vital role in shaping the outcome of elections, but can they co-exist? Is there a message that unites their ideals? How can we reconcile gender versus race? Esteemed panelists discuss how gender and race continue to impact party agendas and the effect they have on the nation’s policies. Moderator: Charles Robinson, Reporter, Maryland Public Television Panelists: Gloria Browne-Marshall, Journalist, Law Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Raynard Jackson, President, Raynard Jackson & Associates Seung Min Kim, Congressional Reporter, Politico Maria Pena, Correspondent, EFE News Services 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. VOTING BY NUMBERS The campaigns talked about a small sliver of the electorate they were targeting, but was that the reality? Or was there some nuance in the numbers? A candid discussion about who voted and why. Moderator: Joe Madison, Host, Behind the Mic with Joe Madison, Sirius XM Radio Panelists: Errin Haines, Virgina Statehouse Reporter, Washington Post Terence Samuel, Deputy National Political Editor, Washington Post David Bositis, Senior Research Associate, Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies Lorenzo Morris, Dean, Political Science Department, Howard University 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. THE LANGUAGE OF CAMPAIGNS An in-depth look at how language was strategically used during this campaign season from terms such as “Obamacare” to “Job Creators in lieu of the Wealthy”. How did language shape the campaign? What influence does messaging have on voter turnout? Moderator: Corey Dade, National Correspondent, National Public Radio Panelists: Juana Summers, Political Reporter, Politico Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent, NBCNews Shannon Travis, Presidential Campaigns Reporter, CNN
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Saturday, November 17
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm WHO’S NEXT? Political pundits and analysts provide their insight on what will be the politicians to watch and big issues for the next political season. Moderator: Wayne Dawkins, Professor, Hampton University Panelists: Jonathan Allen, Senior Washington Correspondent, Politico Arsalan Iftikhar, Editor and Human Rights Lawyer, TheMuslimGuy. com Paul Delaney, Former Editor, New York Times

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