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3 2012 ANNUAL NABJ CONVENTION AND CAREER FAIR
Welcome .................................................................................................................................. 5
Convention Sponsors .........................................................................................................24
NABJ Board & Staff .............................................................................................................27
Location Details ................................................................................................................... 34
Convention Maps ................................................................................................................. 36
Schedule-At-A-Glance ........................................................................................................38
Convention Highlights ....................................................................................................... 40
Daily Schedule ...................................................................................................................... 48
Exhibit Hall Maps ................................................................................................................. 94
Exhibitors .............................................................................................................................. 95
Special Honors ....................................................................................................................104
Membership ..........................................................................................................................130
Acknowledgement ............................................................................................................ 132
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NABJ Convention
and Career Fair.
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Dear NABJ Family,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Journalists, our
staff, and NABJ’s Convention Planning Committee, I have the privilege of welcoming
you to the association’s 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair. This is a return to
New Orleans for NABJ as we last met here in 1983, 29 years ago. Dubbed by some as
“Americans Most Interesting City,” I am excited that each of you will have the opportunity
to experience the diversity, the excitement, the energy, and the warmth embodied by my
hometown.
New Orleans is a city rich in history and steeped in tradition, so it’s appropriate that we
will as always refect on NABJ’s mission and heritage, while taking stock of where the
industry is today. Yet, we must also be forward-looking and examine the role we must play
as newsroom innovators. The 2012 convention theme is #NABJ12: New Platforms. New Directions. New Orleans.
We begin the week with NABJ’s popular Learning Labs which will allow members the opportunity to receive
intensive training centered on career planning and development, multimedia reporting and storytelling, leadership
development and entrepreneurism. This will be followed by three full days of innovative workshops which will teach
you to become better journalists, managers, and media professionals.
Aside from the workshops there will also be thought-provoking and eye-opening plenary sessions which discuss
breaking news, industry changes, and hot topics. We will explore the impact of media attention on the Trayvon
Martin case and speak with his family, we will also sit down with some of the country’s top news executives, hear
analysis of the Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform law,
and preview the race for the White House as the election kicks into high gear.
For those ready to pursue a new professional opportunity, or who need to develop their networking skills, there
is always the opportunity to walk the foor of the career fair. Dozens of recruiters and companies will be on-site
interviewing candidates, critiquing work samples, and offering invaluable advice. While we unfortunately continue
to see downsizing in the nation’s newsrooms, one thing is for sure, recruiters know just how talented our members
are and the caliber of the contributions they make when hired.
Speaking of talent, we will recognize some of the most widely read and viewed work produced by members during
the Salute to Excellence Awards, and present special honors to our Journalist of the Year, Emerging Journalist
Award recipient, Legacy Award winner, professional and student Chapters of the Year, among other honorees. How
ftting it is that we honor our own in grand fashion.
As always NABJ is a party with a purpose and we will kick off the convention with a frst ever opening night
concert, preview summer blockbusters, and get a sneak peek at the fall television lineup. From songstress Melanie
Fiona, to actors Niecy Nash and Cedric the Entertainer, to flmmaker Spike Lee, there will be plenty of entertainers
who will help make the convention as fun as it is informative.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our Convention Chair Rod Hicks, Program Chair Benét Wilson, Honorary
Convention Chair Paula Madison, Special Events Chair Carol Ash, our Executive Director Maurice Foster, and the
NABJ staff for working so tirelessly in planning what promises to be a memorable convention.
Thank you for being here. May you leave here empowered and inspired.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!
Onward,
Gregory Lee Jr.
NABJ President
FROM THE NABJ PRESIDENT
BP is honored
to sponsor
the 37th Annual
NABJ Convention
and Career Fair.
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To My NABJ Family and Friends,
Thank you for making the journey to New Orleans for the National Association of
Black Journalists 37th annual Convention and Career Fair. What an exciting summer
this will be with the Summer Olympics and Democratic and Republican Conventions
on the horizon. It’s even better that we kick off such an exciting summer together
here in New Orleans. This year’s schedule of programming and events offers
attendees ample opportunity for professional development and fun, while offering
our recruiters and sponsors the opportunity to interact with a membership which
I can truly say is a passionate community of informed, engaged, hard-working and
dedicated journalists and media professionals.
The events of this week would not be possible without the leadership of NABJ’s Board of Directors, the hard
working national offce staff, and an army of volunteers who step in to fll the gaps. Over the course of the
year we have endeavored to lay a foundation which would allow for a convention that was even better than
last year’s. It is so important to us that we offer something for everyone with training, social events, and
provocative discussions. NABJ’s conventions should be a destination not just for journalists, but also for those
interested in news, culture, and entertainment.
Since the convention and career fair offers such a great opportunity, we have had great success when it
comes to the number of registrants, partnered with engaged sponsors, attracted an impressive array of
exhibitors and vendors who will make the career fair a worthwhile experience, and are working to impact the
community with the service projects organized as part of NABJ Day of Service.
While this time of year allows us to be under one roof, we are fortunate that NABJ continues to be an
organization that makes a difference 365 days a year. NABJ remains the largest organization of journalists of
color in the world, we continue to operate from a position of strength, and we are only going up.
There is still so much more we can do as an organization with a membership who partners with us, to bring
vision to fruition. Know that your NABJ is committed to the cause and staying the course. Your NABJ is an
organization responsible, responsive, and here for you.
I do hope that you have a great convention and that it is all that you anticipated it would be and more.
Welcome to New Orleans!
Yours in Service,
Maurice Foster
NABJ Executive Director
FROM THE ExECuTIvE DIRECTOR
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Greetings,
Our return to New Orleans for the frst time in a generation is a welcomed part of
our journey. All of us watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina battered the city and
the journalists of color who cover it. It is with great resolve that we return to the
Crescent City, which much like our organization, is renewing itself every day.
Our programming, special events and entertainment take that history into
consideration. We’re even going beyond journalism to interact with residents and
impact the community. We’re sponsoring a town hall meeting for New Orleans
residents that focuses on the post-Katrina debate over how to best educate
Louisiana’s school children using public funds. We’re also helping some families
rebuild their homes that were destroyed during Katrina, and we’re donating books for students.
NABJ President Gregory Lee, Convention Program Chair Benét Wilson, Special Events Coordinator Carol Ash,
Honorary Convention Chair Paula Madison and local chapter President Nicondra Noorwood all worked with
me in designing a convention that will inform you of the latest in journalistic tools and technology, teach you
new approaches to coverage and equip you with strategies for starting and maintaining a successful business.
Many dedicated volunteers, the NABJ board, staff and founders; and the New Orleans Association of Black
Journalists also played a vital role in creating #NABJ12.
We were motivated by our commitment to fostering change in coverage and hiring in newsrooms and our
decision to leave UNITY. We remain committed to diversity and stand alongside our Hispanic, Asian and
Native American sisters and brothers. Above all, we are committed to our members and helping them
navigate the evolving media landscape.
Sincerely,

Roderick O. Hicks
NABJ Convention Chairman
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FROM THE HONORARy CHAIR
Brothers and Sisters of NABJ,

I’m so pleased to serve as Honorary Convention Committee Chair in my home-away-
from-home town, New Orleans -- my husband’s birthplace! This rich cultural gumbo
of the Big Easy provides us with the perfect setting for NABJ to step on out! So,
allow me to welcome you to New Platforms, New Directions – and to New Orleans!
Here’s where we’ll sharpen our focus and deepen our commitment to the
fundamentals of great journalism: Integrity, Enterprise and Insight.
For the past 37 years, NABJ has been the preeminent source for Black journalists,
students and executives to convene, network and improve ourselves. As the media
landscape transitions to new directions and newer platforms, we must preserve our legacy as people of color
telling our own story from our own perspective.
My personal desire is for We People of the African Diaspora to re-connect with our ancestral tribes in Africa.
We at The Africa Channel believe we have to know our past in order to chart our future. And so we have
asked that our NABJ sponsorship include a number of DNA searches conducted by African Ancestry.
Among you are 20 of our fellow NABJ members whose DNA links to Africa will be revealed during sessions
throughout our convention. I hope you will be as motivated to re-discover your tribe as I was. And... I am Akan
(Ashanti) of Ghana and my name, given to me by the Asantehene or King of the Ashanti, is Nana Akosua
Barnie. And, yes, I’ll answer to it -- proudly!
Have a great time here at NABJ in New Orleans!

Paula Madison
NABJ Honorary Convention Chair
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MITCHELL J. LANDRIEU, MAYOR
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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PHONE 504-658-4900| F AX 504-558-4938



As Mayor of New Orleans, it is my pleasure to welcome
you to our city for the 2012 National Association of
Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair. I want to
thank you for your commitment to meeting in the
Crescent City where you will experience the warm
hospitality and unique culture New Orleans has to offer.

We trust that New Orleans will serve as the perfect
backdrop as you network, learn and advance as leaders
with renowned experts and accomplished colleagues in
the íield oí journalism. \e hope that through this year`s
con·ention theme oí New Platíorms. New Directions.
New Orleans,` you are able to disco·er the inno·ati·e
ways in which New Orleans has grown as a city and
contributed to the journalism community, as you
continue your mission to support, develop and educate
black journalists worldwide.

I know that while you are here, you will take advantage of all the interesting panels
and tracks that are offered by this unique conference. I also hope that at the end of
the day you will take time to relax and explore New Orleans, dine in our incomparable
restaurants, enjoy our great music scene, tour the historic French Quarter and
neighborhoods, and shop in our antique and specialty shops throughout the City,
including the bustling Magazine Street corridor.

Again, thank you for choosing New Orleans for this year`s coníerence and we hope
you enjoy your stay and return often to our wonderful city.

Sincerely,

MitchellJ.Landrieu
Mayor
CityofNewOrleans
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FROM THE PROGRAM CHAIR
Dear NABJ Family,
Welcome to New Orleans, one of my favorite cities on the planet! On behalf of
the Program Committee, I want to thank all of you who worked with us to create
workshops we hope you will fnd both targeted and relevant. With our shortened
deadlines this year, I thank everyone who submitted a workshop. We were
pleased to see such great submissions, which made the Program Committee’s job
much harder.
We wanted to ensure that we offered NABJ members a good balance of
workshops, focusing not only on the basics of journalism, but with the latest tools
and technology in new media. This balance was imperative, especially after an
April report from the American Society of News Editors found that the number of journalists of color in
the newsroom continues to decline. NABJ is a strong advocate for keeping its members employed and
thriving as journalists.
We have created programming to cover journalists, students, educators and communicators that was
specifcally designed to strengthen and enhance their skills, along with addressing the nation’s hot
topics. Workshops will cover myriad topics, including entrepreneurship, specialized journalism, the latest
technology in the news room, career transitions and media relations.
Our strong selection of Learning Labs and workshops along three tracks – Perfecting Your Craft, Tech &
Tools and Innovation Station – should have you well on your way to keeping your skills fresh or learning
new ones. We have put experts – both within NABJ and from other journalism organizations -- in their
felds to lead these workshops.
I want to thank the Program Committee and panel moderators for all their hard work in creating workshops
I feel are relevant and timely as journalism and communications continue to change. I hope you take full
advantage of these workshops and continue your education long after the convention is over. Have a great
time and “Laissez les bons temps rouler!!”
Warm regards,
Benét J. Wilson
NABJ Program Chair
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Greetings NABJ Family & Friends,
Welcome to the Crescent City! It is my honor to serve as the frst Special Events
Chair for The National Association of Black Journalists Convention. We know you
will work hard while here in New Orleans, but we want you to play hard as well!
The Special Events committee worked tirelessly to ensure this is a convention you
will never forget, starting with a fantastic kickoff concert featuring Grammy Award
winning artist Melanie Fiona.
Our Opening Ceremony will give you a taste of New Orleans history and a favor of
traditional dance as authentic Mardi Gras Indians take the stage and entertain.
Need some literary inspiration? The Authors Showcase has excellent programming
including how to write and publish a best seller.
You can get physical during our early morning Healthy NABJ workouts with U.S. Marines! Lace up your shoes
and join other members for our 5k Run/Walk, or hit the links at the Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Mickey Mouse is in the house and he’s ready to take you on a voyage through the magical world of Disney,
topped off with a special performance by American Idol winner and R&B superstar Ruben Studdard.
We are also extra proud to launch the frst NABJ Day of Service - a day of events allowing us to give back
to our host city. The NABJ Reads Block Party features food, music, entertainment and best of all, free books
for area teens. NABJ Rebuilds will change the lives of several families affected by Hurricane Katrina by giving
them newly rebuilt homes.
This year you have a Date with Decadence. Don your best, walk the red carpet and join us for the Salute to
Excellence, where we honor our best and brightest.

Finally, no NABJ convention would be complete without a dynamic Gospel Brunch. Come connect, get
rejuvenated, and enjoy a delicious breakfast while listening to the sweet sounds of Ernest Pugh and
Lousiana’s own Micah Stampley.
As you see we’ve got tons of bold, balanced, benefcial programming and special events for you to participate
in during your stay in the “Big Easy” so make sure you pace yourself!
#NABJ12 New Platforms, New Directions, New Orleans!
Carol Ash
NABJ Special Events Chair
FROM THE SPECIAL EvENTS CHAIR
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FROM THE REGION v DIRECTOR
NABJ Family and Friends,
On behalf of Region V, welcome to exciting New Orleans and the 2012 NABJ
Convention & Career Fair! We are thrilled to have you here for our frst Crescent City
convention in 29 years.
Thanks to the New Orleans Association of Black Journalists and its president,
Nicondra Norwood, for their hard work in helping to prepare for our gathering
here. And thanks to the NABJ convention committee and staff for planning timely
professional development options for each of you.
We all are aware that our industry is changing every day, and some of our
members are facing uncertainty as media companies downsize staff as they transition to the digital age. Our
programming this year will equip you with training and skills to help you get through these uncertain times.
New Orleans, which still is recovering from Hurricane Katrina, is the perfect place for us to gather the reins of
the industry and help steer our profession. Each year, more and more former residents return to the city and
marvel at what the future will bring. And last year, New Orleans welcomed 8.75 million visitors, according to
the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Businesses once again are placing trust in the city. The Wall Street Journal declared the New Orleans area
as the most improved market for business in the country, climbing 44 positions from 77th in 2010 to 33rd in
2011. Meanwhile, Tremé, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods that spawned an HBO series, is celebrating its
200th anniversary and its contribution to African-American music and culture.
Like New Orleans, we too shall rise.
Sincerely,
Mary Benton
NABJ Region V Director
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FROM THE NOABJ PRESIDENT
Bienvenue NABJ Family,
We, the New Orleans Association of Black Journalists (NOABJ), are very excited
and humbled to welcome you to the 37th National Association of Black Journalists
Convention and Career Fair. When we were frst informed that our hosting duties
would be moved up by two years, we recognized the challenge, accepted and are
now prepared to offer you what we hope will be one of your most fulflling NABJ
experiences ever.
In many ways, New Orleans is the ideal location for an organization that is all about
diversity. We are an American city unique in that we not only embrace the cultures
that built us separately, but melded those cultures into one unique unto itself. We
are a city with folk art and fne art, the birthplace of Jazz, the home of Bounce, and the incubator of a culinary
tradition that blended African, French, Spanish, Native American and Caribbean styles with local ingredients
for an eating experience like no other.
We know many of you are visiting New Orleans for the frst time since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
We hope that you will have the opportunity to witness our progress as well as see how much more there is
to be done in a city flled with people of heart and perseverance. We hope that you take advantage of our
community service events to meet some of those people and see some of the places that may not be as
recognizable as our beloved Superdome-centered skyline and lauded French Quarter.
NOABJ hasn’t forgotten about our reputation as a party town and we plan to deliver. Join us Thursday night
at the NOABJ scholarship fundraiser to hear some authentic New Orleans Brass Band music with a little extra
fair and learn how to Second Line. Have an unforgettable experience and help our young journalists learn the
skills needed for excellence.
Thank you for coming to New Orleans as a part of the 2012 NABJ Convention and Career Fair.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
Sincerely,

Nicondra Norwood
Host Chapter President, New Orleans Association of Black Journalists
WELCOME TO NEW ORLEANS
By Nikki G. Bannister
Special to NABJ
If you’ve never been to New Orleans, shame on you.
“The City That Care Forgot” is arguably a city that no one forgets after
visiting, be it as a native New Orleanian, transplant, visitor or working
journalist. Once known as an ultimate go-to party city (and still is), the
city’s post-Hurricane Katrina retransformation has once again poised itself
as an international nucleus for economic development, real estate and
expanded cultural and recreational tourism.
“We feel like we’re really kind of starting to hit our stride once again post-Katrina and beginning to compete
internationally as we did pre-Katrina,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, during a March 2012 press
conference. “We’d like to claim the banner of the ‘best host city’ …”
And with good reason: according to Landrieu, a University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center
study showed that in 2011, an unprecedented 8.75 million people focked to the Crescent City and spent
nearly $5.5 billion. Tourism offcials are looking to best the count after hosting the NCAA Final Four, 2012
BCS Championship, French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Furthermore,
approximately 75,000 tourism industry employees anticipate millions will visit the city this year for a
plethora of other events including the 2012 National Urban League Conference, New Orleans Wine and
Food Experience, 2012 Essence Music Festival, State Farm Bayou Classic, 2012 Voodoo Music Experience and
in 2013, the granddaddy of all American football games, Super Bowl XLVII.
“We are an American city, unique in that we not only embrace the cultures that built us, but meld those
cultures into one, unique in its own right,” said Nicondra Norwood, president of New Orleans Association of
Black Journalist and meteorologist at WVUE- Fox 8. “We are a city of
history and history in the making.”
More people from various walks of life are defnitely calling New
Orleans home and in increasing numbers, they are occupying
traditionally predominantly black neighborhoods such as Faubourg
Treme, Eastern New Orleans, the Lower Ninth Ward and Gentilly, areas
hit hard by Katrina. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, of the 343,829
residents living in New Orleans, 206,871 were African-American, 113,428
were Caucasian, 9,970 were Asian and 13,560 were of other races.
“I think the diversifcation of certain areas of New Orleans is benefcial
for everyone,” says Chammy Allen, a 30-something African-American
professional who moved to Gentilly in 2007. “It allows people of different
cultures the opportunity to learn and grow from each other.”
Charlotte Neveaux lived in Treme, the nation’s oldest surviving black
community, for 17 years before she moved to Uptown New Orleans
last year. Neveaux founded her business, Balloon Creations and Event
Planning, LLC., while she lived in Treme and still coordinates events for
many of the area’s businesses.
“What I love most about Treme is that at any given time, you can come out on your porch and fnd a second
line for any given reason at any time of the day or night,” she said. “There was a time when folks could peep
through the windows or even stand on the corners and listen to folks such as Uncle Lionel or Kermit Ruffns
play.”
Every Tuesday night, Ruffns, a trumpet player who is seen regularly on the HBO series “Treme,” entertains
the masses at a packed Bullet’s Sports Bar, a popular Seventh Ward “hole-in-the-wall” that caters to locals
and visitors. Patrons can get a glimpse of the “real NOLA” throughout the city at places like Bullet’s and also
get a taste of its culture and history at various museums such as the New Orleans African American Museum,
located in Treme. This year, the museum is celebrating the neighborhood’s bicentennial anniversary with
concerts, a day of service, tours, workshops and a club crawl.
While the museum and other historic institutions commemorate the city’s history,
there is an infux of young professionals who are coming to the city, staying and
etching their own legacies, says realtor Romula Rhodes.
“The one trend I notice most is that people are moving back to the city and
it’s become younger,” she said. “We’re getting more young professionals since
Katrina and consequently, the old makeup of what was here is changing.”
Neveaux, who raised her two sons in Treme, said while she welcomes the
newcomers, she would have liked to see more of her old neighbors and residents
return.
“A younger generation is coming in,” Neveaux said. “But I’m worried they won’t
respect or appreciate the musical, especially the jazz heritage established here.
Let’s hope we can keep that tradition living, along with others true to our city.”
Nikki Bannister is a member of the New Orleans Association of Black Journalists.
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AT&T
BET Networks
Black Public Media
Bloomberg
BP
Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment
CBS News
Chevron
CNN
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Cox Media Group
CQ Roll Call,
An Economist Group Business
Disney Parks
Disney Sports
Dixon Golf
Dow Jones News Fund
Eli Lilly and Company
Enterprise Holdings, Inc
ESPN
ESPN The Magazine
ExxonMobil
FedEx Corporation
Freedom Forum Diversity Institute
Gannett Foundation
General Motors Corporation
GMC
Google
Greater Philadelphia Tourism
Marketing Corporation
HBO
Hewlett Packard
HuffPost/Blackvoices
itsfreeart.com
JvC Professional Products Company
Major League Baseball
Manfrotto
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Medill, Northwestern university
Multicultural Market Resources, Inc.
NASCAR
National Basketball Association
National Football League
NBC
News Corporation
NFL Players Association
Nielsen
PGA
Planned Parenthood Federation
of America
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Raycom Media
Rent-A-Center
SAG-AFTRA
Sennheiser uSA
Southwest Airlines
The Africa Channel
The Carter Center
The Coca-Cola Company
The Executive Leadership Council
The Home Depot Foundation
The John S. Knight
Journalism Fellowship
The McClatchy Company
The Newseum
The Times-Picayune
Toyota Motor Sales, uSA
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PRESIDENT
Gregory Lee
Senior Assistant Sports Editor
The Boston Globe
vICE PRESIDENT/
BROADCAST
Bob Butler
Reporter
KCBS Radio
vICE PRESIDENT/PRINT
Errin Haines
Newsperson
Associated Press
SECRETARy
Lisa D. Cox
TV News Producer
KTLA-TV Los Angeles/Tribune
TREASuRER
Keith Reed
Senior Editor
ESPN The Magazine
PARLIAMENTARIAN
Cindy George
General Assignment Reporter
Houston Chronicle
REGION I DIRECTOR
Mara Schiavocampo
Correspondent
NBC News
REGION II DIRECTOR
Corey Dade
National Correspondent
National Public Radio
REGION III DIRECTOR
Dedrick Russell
Reporter
WBTV, LLC/Raycom Media
REGION Iv DIRECTOR
A. J. Ross
General Assignment Reporter
ABC 6/Fox 28 Sinclair Broadcasting
REGION v DIRECTOR
Mary Benton
Reporter
KPRC-TV (NBC)
REGION vI DIRECTOR
Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig
Editor-in-Chief
shades Magazine
ASSOCIATE
REPRESENTATIvE
Dawn Roberts
Managing Partner/Founder
KD Communications Group
STuDENT
REPRESENTATIvE
Wesley Lowery
Student
Ohio University
NABJ STAFF
ExECuTIvE DIRECTOR
Maurice Foster
ExECuTIvE ASSISTANT
Natalia Prakash
FINANCE MANAGER
Nathaniel Chambers
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
veronique Dodson
PROGRAM MANAGER
Irving Washington
PROGRAM MANAGER
Jannice Hodge
COMMuNICATIONS
COORDINATOR &
PROGRAM MANAGER
Tiane Johnson
PROGRAM MANAGER
ASSISTANT
Nikki Shedrick
DEvELOPMENT
CONSuLTANT
Miranda Lewis
COMMuNICATIONS
CONSuLTANT
Aprill O. Turner
CONSuLTANT
Paul Brock
SPECIAL EvENTS
COORDINATOR
Daisha Badgett
ADMINISTRATIvE
ASSISTANT
Scott Berry
PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Dorian Brooks
NABJ BOARD & STAFF
NABJ BOARD
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT TASK FORCE
The NABJ Arts and Entertainment Task Force is available to members who cover arts and entertainment.
Joining this group is a great way to connect to the broader arts and entertainment community.
Co-Chairs: Kelley L. Carter, Entertainment Journalist
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Senior Editor, Ebony Magazine
ASSOCIATE MEMBER’S TASK FORCE
The Associate Member’s Task Force (AMTF) includes part-time journalists, part-time freelance writers,
educators, marketing and public relations professionals, as well as other media professionals. The purpose of
this task is to advance the cause of issues related to these sectors and to NABJ.
Chair: Gabrielle Maple Lee, Account Supervisor, Fleishman Hillard- NY
BLACK PRESS TASK FORCE
The Black Press Task Force includes journalists and owners of black media outlets. The group’s purpose is to
advocate on behalf of black-owned media and to foster camaraderie amongst journalist in this space.
Chair: Tene Croom, Tene Croom Communications
BROADCAST TASK FORCE
The Broadcast Task Force includes radio and television journalists. The group’s purpose is to champion
diversity in newsrooms across the country, and to inspire camaraderie among broadcast journalists.
Chair: Will Wright, Manager of Digital Production, NBC News
COPy EDITORS TASK FORCE
The Copy Editors Task Force includes copy desk managers, copy editors, news editors, line editors, layout and
design editors, and yes, recruiters. The groups purposes are to inspire the camaraderie among editors across
the country; to share ideas about editing; and to discuss the ups and downs of working a non traditional
schedule. We also encourage college students to pursue copy editing and other careers in newsrooms.
Chair: Diane M. Hawkins, Copy Editor, Louisville Courier-Journal
DIGITAL JOuRNALISM TASK FORCE
As technology is enhancing journalism and transforming the media landscape, journalists must adapt and
use new tools in order to survive and thrive. The Digital Journalism Task Force keeps NABJ members on the
cutting edge as they navigate rapidly evolving newsrooms.
Chair: Benét J. Wilson, Director of Media Relations, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
POLITICAL JOuRNALISM TASK FORCE
The Political Journalism Task force is comprised of journalists that cover local, state, and national politics. The
group’s purpose is to provide support and programming for political journalists.
Chair: Sonya Ross, Race & Ethnicity Editor, AP
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GLOBAL JOuRNALISM TASK FORCE
The Global Journalism Task Force promotes coverage of and about the African/African-American experience
worldwide.
Co-Chairs: Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
Jeff Ballou, Congressional Producer, Al Jazeera Network
FOuNDERS TASK FORCE
The Founders Task Force includes NABJ Founders, Past Presidents and former National Board Members with
at least 25 years of membership in NABJ. The groups’ purposes are to re-affrm NABJ’s founding principles
and fortify NABJ through the contributions of its members’ time, talents, historical perspectives and
collective memory in alignment with the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
Chair: Maureen Bunyan, NABJ Founder, News Anchor/Correspondent, WJLA-TV (Washington)
LGBT TASK FORCE
The mission of this task force is to unite NABJ’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members so they may
support and strengthen one another; to assist the NABJ in carrying out its mission of inclusion and excellence.
Co-Chairs: Jonathan Adams, Public Information Offcer, Lambda Legal
Kimberley McLeod, Director of Communications, National Black Justice Coalition
SPORTS JOuRNALISM TASK FORCE
The NABJ Sports Task Force promotes diversity in Americas sports departments; provides programming
toward developing the next wave of America’s sports journalists.
Chair: Marc Spears. NBA Writer, Yahoo! Sports
vISuAL TASK FORCE
The NABJ Visual Task Force provides a venue for visual journalists in the areas of photojournalism, design and
informational graphics, broadcast photojournalism and visual leadership for newspaper, magazine, broadcast
and online publications.
Chair: Sonja Foster, Photo Editor, Bloomberg
yOuNG BLACK JOuRNALISTS TASK FORCE
The Young Journalists Task Force provides a forum and support for fellow journalists in their frst few years.
The Task Force annually recognizes emerging journalists doing exemplary work.
Co-Chairs: Talia Buford, Reporter, Politico
Felicia Brown
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MEMBERSHIP
Locating new members, reclaiming former
members and retaining current members, and
creating programs for this purpose. It also shall
be responsible for evaluating all membership
applications and affliate chapter applications.
Chair: Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press
PROGRAMS
Developing and implementing programs for the
annual national convention.
Convention Chair: Rod Hicks, Associated Press
Program Chair: Benét Wilson, Aviation Weekly
AWARDS
Developing and distributing criteria for various
national journalism categories in the annual NABJ
Salute to Excellence awards contest.
Chair: Ray Metoyer, WNEG-TV
MEDIA MONITORING
Monitoring the national media for discrimination and
other injustices to people in the African diaspora
in their coverage and employment practices. It
shall report to the Board of Directors and the
membership issues of concern.
Chairs: Eric Deggans, St. Petersburg Times
CONSTITuTION AND OPERATING
PROCEDuRES
Considering any proposed amendments to the
Constitution and Operating Procedures suggested
by any full member. The Committee shall make
recommendations on such changes to the
membership for consideration according to the
guidelines established by the Constitution and
Operating Procedures.
Chair: Sharyn Flanagan, USA Today
FINANCE
Provide fnancial advice to ensure the Board of
Directors successfully meets its fnancial goals.
The committee shall also be available to provide
fnancial advice and counsel to the President,
Treasurer and Board of Directors, review and advise
the Board on the annual budget, review spending
and income quarterly. It shall be comprised of the
NABJ Treasurer, two former NABJ treasurers, two
independent fnancial advisors and a top executive
from a media company.
Chair: Condace Pressley, News/Talk 750 WSB
COuNCIL OF PRESIDENTS
Foster effective chapter management, develop
strategies for chapters to recruit and retain
members, develop strategies to assist chapters
in raising funds for scholarships and other award
programs. It shall also aggressively recruit members
to NABJ and work to reach a consensus and make
recommendations on how mutual problems can be
addressed and resolved within NABJ.
Chair: Sarah Glover, SarahMedia
ELECTIONS
Oversee the election process and develop the rules
that apply to it. The committee shall set candidate
standards, rules, regulations and qualifcations for
nominations and regulations governing the process
and arbitrate any disputes to that procedure.
The Board of Directors will have the authority to
supersede decisions of the Committee by a two-
thirds vote of the Boards members.
Chair: Glenn Rice, The Kansas City Star
COMMuNICATIONS
Actively develop, implement and execute a
communications strategy for NABJ.
Chair: Christopher E. Nelson, Independent Journalist
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DEvELOPMENT
Actively pursuing new business partnerships and
fundraising initiatives for NABJ
Chair: Lynn Norment, Carol H. Williams Advertising
MEDIA INSTITuTE
The Media Institute offers professional development
opportunities, technical training, historical
documentation and educational programs.
Chair: Doug Mitchell, Co-Director “NewU”
Entrepreneur Fellowship Program/
Career Coach, “Knowledgewebb.net”
STuDENT EDuCATION ENRICHMENT
& DEvELOPMENT PROGRAMS (SEED)
The SEED program provides valuable benefts for
student members by placing student interns at
media companies nationwide; providing over 12
scholarships annually, and coordinating the NABJ
Convention student projects.
Chair: Demorris Lee, St. Petersburg Times
High School Program: Russell LaCour, Tulsa World
NABJ JOuRNAL
Published online and twice a year in print, the NABJ
Journal provides news and information about NABJ
activities, its members, chapters and journalism
organizations with similar goals. Distributed to NABJ
Members and individual subscribers, the journal
explores industry-related issue, trends and lifestyles
as they affect African-Americans while examining
the media’s triumphs and defciencies, spotlighting
outstanding achievements of journalists so that
others may learn and emulate.
Editor (Print): Bonnie Newman Davis, North Carolina
A&T State University
Editor (Online): Marlon A. Walker,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SPECIAL HONORS
NABJ Special Honors represent the highest awards
NABJ can bestow upon a member. NABJ members,
affliate chapters and others nominate those who
represent the best among black journalists. Awards
include Lifetime Achievement, Legacy Award,
Journalist of the Year and Emerging Journalist of the
Year.
Chair: Leisa Richardson, Indianapolis Star Tribune
HALL OF FAME
Legendary black journalists who have made
outstanding contributions to journalism are inducted
yearly.
Chairs: Maureen Bunyan, WJLA-TV (Washington),
NABJ Founder
PRINT ADvOCACy
Upon the direction of the Vice-President Print, this
committee completes an annual census of managers
in print newsrooms.
Chair: Don Hudson, The Clarion Ledger
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2011 SPECIAL EvENTS COMMITTEE
SPECIAL EvENTS CHAIR
Carol Ash, Director, Media
Communications Program,
Kennedy College
DEPuTy SPECIAL
EvENTS CHAIR
Glenn Marshall, Field Producer,
NBC, Chicago
5K RuN
Dawn Angelique Roberts,
Founder & Managing Partner, KD
Communications Group; Associate
Representative, NABJ
AuTHORS SHOWCASE
Dee Depass, Reporter, Star Tribune
Doug Lyons, Editorial Writer,
Sun-Sentinel
HEALTHy NABJ
Cindy George, Health reporter,
Houston Chronicle; Parliamentarian,
NABJ
GOSPEL BRuNCH
Daralene Jones, Reporter,
WFT-TV(Orlando)
CELEBRITy GOLF
TOuRNAMENT
Galen Gordan,
Coordinating Producer, ESPN
Stan Verrett, Host, ESPN
DAy OF SERvICE
Dawn Angelique Roberts
ExECuTIvE SuITE
Duchesne Drew, Managing Editor
for Operations, Star Tribune
Neil Foote, President and CEO,
Foote Communications
NABJ AFTER DARK
Georgia Dawkins, Producer,
WBBH- TV (Orlando)
OPENING CEREMONy
Sidmel Estes, President and CEO,
Breakthrough Inc.; Past President, NABJ
Tiffany Zeno, News Producer,
NBC Universal
PLENARIES
Corey Dade, National Correspondent,
National Public Radio; Regional Director,
NABJ
Monique Fields, Independent Journalist
Cindy George
Jummy Olabanji, Reporter,
WJLA- TV (Washington)
Manny Smith, Senior Assignment Editor,
Fox Television Stations and NBC Local
Media group in Philadelphia
SALuTE TO ExCELLENCE:
Lisa D. Cox, Producer, KTLA-TV,
Los Angeles/Tribune
Marcus Foster, Producer, WSB-TV,
Atlanta
Laveta Moore, Producer
2012 CONvENTION PROGRAM COMMITTEE
PROGRAM CHAIR
Benét Wilson, Director of Media Relations, Aircraft Owners
and Pilots Association
DEPuTy PROGRAM CHAIR
Melanie Eversely, Breaking News Editor, USA Today
COMMITTEE
Demorris Lee, General Assignment Reporter, Tampa Times
Denise Clay, Adjunct Professor, Temple University and
Proofreader, Philadelphia Sunday SUN
Doug Mitchell, Consultant/Project Manager for UNITY
Journalists and NPR; Chair, NABJ Media Institute
Gabrielle M. Lee, Account Supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard,
New York City; Chair, Associate Member Task Force
Glenn Proctor, Founder, REDDjobb LLC and Retired
Executive Editor/Vice President-News at Richmond Times-
Dispatch
James Black, NFL Editor for Yahoo! Sports; Sports Task
Force Representative
Jonathan Adams, Public Information Offcer Lambda
Legal; Co-chair, NABJ LGBT Task Force
Kelley L. Carter, Entertainment journalist; Chair, Arts &
Entertainment Task Force
Marissa Evans, NABJ Marquette University chapter; Deputy
Student Representative
Mashaun Simon, freelance writer, reporter and consultant;
Young Journalists Task Force Representative
Maureen Bunyan, anchor, WJLA-TV; Member, Founders
Task Force
Nicondra Norwood, Meteorologist, WVU-TV; President,
New Orleans Association of Black Journalists
Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press; Co-chair,
NABJ Global Journalism Task Force.
Sarah J. Glover, Multimedia Journalist, Sarahmedia.com;
President, NABJ Council of Presidents
Sonja Y. Foster, Photo Editor, Bloomberg; Chair, Visual Task
Force
Will J. Wright, Manager of Digital Production at NBC
News; Chair, Broadcast Task Force
Duchesne Paul Drew, Managing Editor for Operations, Star
Tribune; Chair, NABJ Executive Suite
Rod Hicks, Convention Chair Monique Fields, Assistant to the Convention Chair
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REGISTRATION & WELCOME HOuRS
Location: Jefferson Ballroom
Wednesday, June 20 . . . . . . . . . 7 am - 7 pm
Thursday, June 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 am - 7 pm
Friday, June 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 am - 5 pm
Saturday, June 23 . . . . . . . . . . . 8 am - Noon
CAREER FAIR, ExHIBIT HALL,
Location: Hilton Exhibition Center
Thursday, June 21 . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am – 5 pm
Friday, June 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday, June 23 . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am - Noon
NABJ PRESS ROOM
Location: Ellington & Winston
Wednesday, June 20 . . . . . . . . . 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday, June 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am - 5 pm
Friday, June 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, June 23 . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am - 5 pm
WHAT’S HELD WHERE?
Host Hotel
New Orleans Hilton Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 561-0500
Grand Ballroom
Opening Reception & Concert
Opening Ceremony
Newsmaker Plenary
W.E.B. Dubois Lecture
NABJ Presents
NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards Gala & After-Party
NABJ Gospel Brunch
Jefferson Ballroom
Registration & Welcome Center
Sponsor & VIP Registration Lounge
Authors Showcase & Bookstore
Napoleon & versailles Ballrooms
Professional Development Breakfasts
Lunch & Learns
Film Screenings
Exhibit Hall
Career Fair & Exhibition
The Chill Spot: Cyber Café Membership Lounge
AROuND NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans NABJ Chapter Party
Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar
620 Decatur Street
Annual Sports Task Force Scholarship Jam
House Of Blues
225 Decatur Street
NABJ Day of Service
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
NABJ Film Festival
The Joy Theater
1200 Canal Street
Theatres at Canal Place
333 Canal St # 327
SAFETy AND SECuRITy
The New Orleans Hilton Riverside is equipped with
around-the-clock security and facilities staffng. In the
case of fre emergency, guests are notifed through
an audible fre alarm and broadcast message that will
direct guests to evacuate.
Ambulance, 911 Emergency
Fire Department, 911 Emergency
Police (Metro), 911 Emergency
Non-emergency number, 311
Non-emergency police, (504) 821-2222
NEAREST HOSPITAL
Tulane Medical Center
1415 Tulane Avenue
(504) 988-5800
NEAREST 24-HOuR PHARMACy
CvS Pharmacy
800 Canal Street
(504) 528-7099
Walgreens Store New Orleans
900 Canal Street
(504) 568-1271
LOCATION DETAILS
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TuESDAy, JuNE 19, 2012
9 am – 5 pm NABJ BOARD OF DiRECTORS MEETiNG
6 pm – 9 pm NABJ TOWN HALL MEETiNG, DiLLARD UNiVERSiTY
WEDNESDAy, JuNE 20, 2012
7 am – 7 pm REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
8 am – 5 pm NABJ LEARNiNG LABS (ALL DAY)**
1 pm – 5 pm NABJ LEARNiNG LABS (HALF DAY)**
8 am – 3 pm CHAPTER DAY: PROFESSiONAL CHAPTER
5 pm – 6 pm LEADERSHiP DEVELOPMENT REGiONAL CAUCUS
5:30 pm – 7 pm SPECiAL ENGAGEMENT- iNSiDE HOLLYWOOD: WRiTiNG &
PRODUCiNG FOR THE ENTERTAiNMENT iNDUSTRY
7 pm – 8pm ADDRESS FROM THE ViCE PRESiDENT OF THE UNiTED STATES,
JOSEPH BiDEN
8 pm – 10 pm WELCOME RECEPTiON & CONCERT
10 pm – 12 am NABJ AFTER DARK
THuRSDAy, JuNE 21, 2012
6:30 am MORNiNG WORKOUT
7 am – 5 pm HEALTHY NABJ: MORNiNG WORKOUT
REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
8 am – 9:30 am PROFESSiONAL DEVELOPMENT BREAKFASTS**
8:30 am – 5 pm ExECUTiVE SUiTE
9 am – 5 pm CAREER FAiR & ExHiBiTiON
9 am – 5 pm NABJ AUTHORS SHOWCASE & BOOKSTORE
9:30 am – 11 am OPENiNG CEREMONY & NEWSMAKER PLENARY
TRAYVON MARTiN: A CRiME STORY iN THE DiGiTAL AGE
11 am – 12 pm 2012 ExHiBiT HALL AND CAREER FAiR GRAND OPENiNG
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm iNTERACTiVE SESSiON i
1:45 pm – 3 pm NEWSMAKER PLENARY THE HEALTH OF A NATiON:
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ON TRiAL
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm iNTERACTiVE SESSiON ii
5:30 pm – 7 pm THE CHAiRMAN’S RECEPTiON
8:30 pm – 10 pm NABJ PRESENTS: DiSNEY PARKS, A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
9 pm – 11 pm NABJ AFTER DARK
10 pm – 2 am NEW ORLEANS CHAPTER PARTY*
FRIDAy, JuNE 22, 2012
7 am – 5 pm REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
6:30 am – 7:30 am MORNiNG WORKOUT
SCHEDuLE AT-A-GLANCE
* Ticketed Event ** Advanced Registration Required
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7:30 am – 9 am PROFESSiONAL DEVELOPMENT BREAKFASTS**
9 am – 10:15 pm iNTERACTiVE SESSiON iii
9 am – 4:45 pm ExECUTiVE SUiTE
9 am – 5 pm CAREER FAiR & ExHiBiTiON
10:15 am – 5 pm NABJ AUTHORS SHOWCASE & BOOKSTORE
10:30 am – 11:30 am TASK FORCE MEETiNGS
11:45 pm – 1 pm BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARNS**
1:30 pm – 3 pm W.E.B. DUBOiS LECTURE: BLACK, WHiTE, RED AND BLUE:
ViEWS FROM THE AFRiCAN AMERiCAN ELECTORATE iN THE
BATTLEGROUND STATES
1:30 pm – 3 pm NEWSMAKER PLENARY
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm iNTERACTiVE SESSiON iV
6 pm – 7:30 pm SPORTS PiONEER AWARDS CEREMONY
6 pm – 7:30 pm RECEPTiONS
11 pm – 2 am SPORTS TASK FORCE JAM
SATuRDAy, JuNE 23, 2012
7 am – 9 am 5K WALK/RUN*
7:30 am – 10:15 am NABJ BUSiNESS MEETiNG
7:30 am – 2:30 am NABJ GOLF TOURNAMENT*
8 am – 12 pm REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
11 am – 3:30 pm NABJ DAY OF SERViCE
9 am – 12 pm CAREER FAiR & ExHiBiTiON
9 am - 12 pm NABJ AUTHORS SHOWCASE AND BOOKSTORE
10:15 am – 11:30 am iNTERACTiVE SESSiONS V
11:45 am – 1 pm iNTERACTiVE SESSiONS Vi
1 pm – 3 pm ViSUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO AUCTiON
1 pm – 5 pm NABJ FiLM FESTiVAL
6 pm – 9 pm 2012 NABJ SALUTE TO ExCELLENCE AWARDS GALA*
10:30 pm – 2 am 2013 KiCKOFF PARTY
SuNDAy, JuNE 24, 2012
8 am – 10 am NABJ GOSPEL BRUNCH*
10 am – 12 pm NABJ BOARD OF DiRECTOR’S MEETiNG
* Ticketed Event ** Advanced Registration Required
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HEALTHy NABJ
Members of the National Association of Black
Journalists know that health issues are ranked
among the highest topics of interest to their viewers,
readers and listeners. Members also know that they
are susceptible to the same health challenges on
which they report: diabetes, heart disease, high blood
pressure, obesity, anxiety, insomnia, stress, substance
abuse, kidney disease and the list goes on and on.
Since journalists are disseminating expert advice from
health professionals to their audiences, it makes sense
for members to heed some of that advice to improve
their own health profle through healthy lifestyle
changes.
The primary goal of Healthy NABJ is to help members prevent the onset of these conditions, recognize
their symptoms and get early treatment. The better educated our members, the better the quality of critical
information they will be able to disseminate to broader audiences in a nation struggling with a plethora of health
issues.
THuRSDAy JuNE 21
6:30 am – 7:30 am
HEALTHY NABJ: MORNiNG WORKOUT #NABJWORKOUT
Powered by United States Marine Corps
Location: Compass (Riverside Conference Center)
ATTENTION! Do you have what it takes to cut it in bootcamp? Start your day out the right way with a morning
workout lead by the U.S. Marine Corps. It promises to be a workout to remember!
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
HEALTHY NABJ: YOU’VE EARNED A SAY: A CONVERSATiON ABOUT THE FUTURE
OF MEDiCARE AND SOCiAL SECURiTY #HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by AARP
Location: Grand Salon C
You’ve Earned a Say is a national conversation, recently launched by the AARP, to ensure that Americans have
a say in the future of Medicare and Social Security. AARP will host several town hall-style meetings, community
conversations, debates, webcasts, bus tours and other events – all with the goal of giving communities a chance
to learn about Medicare and Social Security proposals, share their views and offer their own ideas about how to
keep these programs strong for generations to come. As part of this effort, there is a critical need to educate
and inform communities of color about future changes to Medicare and Social Security policy.
Presenters
Jeff Johnson, Journalist/Author
Hazel Trice Edney, President, Capital Press Club, and Editor-in-Chief, Trice Edney Wire
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President/CEO, Global Policy Solutions and Board Chair, National Committee to
Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Jamal Simmons, Political Commentator, The Raben Group
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1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
NEWSMAKER PLENARY: THE HEALTH OF A NATiON: THE AFFORDABLE CARE
ACT ON TRiAL #NABJACA
Location: Grand Ballroom
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law will have far-reaching
implications, from the November general election to, ultimately, access to quality health care
for all Americans, especially African Americans. Nearly 5.5 million African Americans are
uninsured and the fate of the health care law will have economic and social consequences. Join
our panel of health experts and journalists for insightful analysis of this developing news story.
Moderator Melissa Harris Perry, Host, MSNBC
Panelists
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood
Kathleen Stoll, Deputy Executive Director, Families USA
Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, New Orleans Health Commissioner
3:45 pm- 5 pm
HEALTHY NABJ: FiGHTiNG FOR FOOD JUSTiCE iN THE BLACK COMMUNiTY
#FOODJUSTICE
Location: Melrose (3rd Floor)
The most frequently occurring chronic diseases — diabetes, cancer, stroke, hypertension and heart disease — are
all diet-related and are all eating away at the collective quality of life of African-Americans. With the increase of
diet-related disease disproportionately impacting African Americans, urban food movements across America are
working to address access and affordability to healthy foods. This panel will connect the dots in the pipeline – the
role of Black farmers, the need for more African-American registered dietitians, reclaiming our cultural foods and
advocating for food sovereignty.
FRIDAy, JuNE 22
6:30 am – 7:30 am
HEALTHY NABJ: MORNiNG WORKOUT #NABJWORKOUT
Powered by United States Marine Corps
Location: Compass (Riverside Conference Center)
9 am - 10:15 am
THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE AND iTS EFFECT ON THE
AFRiCAN-AMERiCAN COMMUNiTY #WOMENSHEALTH
Powered by Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Location: Kabakoff (Riverside Conference Center)
The panel will focus on how the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act will affect access to women’s
health services—including coverage of preventive services, such as Pap tests, birth control and cancer screenings.
Presenters
Michelle Miller, Correspondent, CBS News
vanessa Cullins, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Vice President, External Medical Affairs, Planned Parenthood
Federation of America
Caya Lewis, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President & CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative
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3:30 pm- 4:45 pm
HEALTHY NABJ: STATE OF BLACK WOMEN’S HEALTH #WOMENSHEALTH
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company
Location: Elmwood
Living up to images of strong African-American women with iron backbones and Tefon feelings may be
causing some of the ailments disproportionately affecting women of color – heart disease, obesity, stress,
depression, diabetes, cancer, fbroid tumors, violence and preterm delivery. There are health crises plaguing
women of all colors, but certain illnesses affect African-American women more chronically. This panel
explores why black women bear the brunt of some diseases, illuminates facts about underreported health
challenges, such as suicide and eating disorders, and explains how making self care a priority can help
families and communities overall.
Presenters
Cindy George, Health reporter, Houston Chronicle, Parliamentarian, National Association of Black Journalists
Michelle J. Stewart, Registered Dietitian, Founder, Michelle Stewart Consulting & Associates
Gayle Porter, Psy.D., Co-Director, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center
Dr. Marilyn H. Gaston, Co-Director, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center
SATuRDAy, JuNE 23
7 am – 9 am
5K WALK/RUN #NABJ5K
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company, Disney Parks
Location: Across the Street from the Hilton Riverside Hotel at the
end of Poydras Street
Rise and shine for better health! Join NABJ as we continue our
journey to a healthier community at our 7th Annual 5K Walk/Run.
Enjoy the company of NABJ members and guests as we make
strides to healthier living, all while taking in the invigorating culture
and scenery of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
7:30 am – 2:30 pm
NABJ GOLF TOURNAMENT
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company, Clear Channel Communications, Disney Parks, Dixon Golf, ESPN The
Magazine, Enterprise Holding Inc., FedEx Corporation, United Airlines
Location: Lakewood Golf Club, 4801 General DeGaulle Drive, New Orleans, La.
HEALTHy NABJ
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PROFESSIONAL DEvELOPMENT FOR MANAGERS
This exclusive series of workshops led by news and corporate executives will help middle
managers who aspire to more senior roles gain a better sense of what it takes to be an executive
editor, a publisher, a news director or a general manager. You’ll come away with a better
understanding of the skills, relationships and results it takes to land those jobs and keep them.
From hiring and managing people to building the skills and connections you’ll need to move up,
the Executive Suite will give you concrete things you can do to prepare for advancement.
THuRSDAy, JuNE 21, 2012
8 am – 9:15 pm
NETWORKING BREAKFAST
9:30 am – 11 am
OPENING CEREMONy AND NEWSMAKER PLENARy
11:30 – 1 pm (Lunch Session)
THE PATH TO LEADERSHIP
How do I get from “assistant” to editor? Publisher? News director? General manager? What skills do I need?
How long do I stay in a position? Our panelists discuss their career paths and offer specifc strategies for
climbing the corporate ladder.
Presenters
Anders Gyllenhaal, Vice President for News/Washington Editor, McClatchy Company
Marty Kaiser, Editor & Senior VP, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Greg Moore, Editor, Denver Post
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
“WHAT PEOPLE WON’T TELL yOu BuT WHAT yOu NEED TO KNOW”
Once you get your foot in the door most people assume they have it made. But actually, it’s just the
beginning. Welcome to the world of offce politics, which can make or break your career. We’ll look at the
myths we are taught and why, as well as do a reality check on current media management. The endgame of
this session is to arm you with what you need to know not only to survive but to succeed.
Presenter
Crystal Johns, Director, Development and Diversity, CBS
2:45 pm – 4 pm
uSING TECHNOLOGy TO ENGAGE READERS AND vIEWERS
Technological advances are making it easier to connect with readers and viewers. The latest social media
tools—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube among others—coupled with the latest technology—iPads, Nooks, Kindles,
smartphones and 3D TVs—are creating additional methods to produce and distribute content. Managers must
decide what to use, how to use it and what to buy during a period of budgetary constraints. They must think
more analytically about how they can retain, recruit and engage their audiences. During this session, we will
discuss some of the latest developments and examine how some newsroom managers are using these tools
to compete more effectively in a world where readers and viewers have a multitude of choices.
Presenter
Neil Foote, President & CEO, Foote Communications, LLC
THE ExECuTIvE SuITE
Powered By CQ Roll Call, An Economist Group Business
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8:30 am – 9 am
BREAKFAST
9 am – 10:15 am
HIRING 101: FINDING FuTuRE LEADERS & BuILDING THE TEAM
This session will cover key steps in the recruitment and hiring process from defning the job and building a
pool of candidates to assessing candidates and landing the ones you want. These veteran executives also will
offer insights into how to retain your organization’s best talent.
Presenter
Virgil Smith, Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Gannett
10:30 am – 11:45 am
MANAGING uP, DOWN AND ACROSS
A key to in moving up the ladder is effectively communicating with your boss (managing
up), the people who work for you (managing down) and your peers (managing across).
There are important skills you need to demonstrate in communicating with your boss
and understanding his or her expectations. You also need to know how to communicate
those goals, objectives and expectations to subordinates and to fellow managers. Learn
how to enhance your value and how you are viewed by your colleagues.
Presenter
John Skipper, President, ESPN
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
LuNCH
2 pm – 3:15 pm
HOW TO NAvIGATE THE LEGALITIES AND LANDMINES OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Maintaining your news organization’s journalistic integrity while encouraging your journalists to engage
with viewers is a fne line to manage. With the emergence of Twitter, Facebook, iReport and other citizen
journalism, news organizations have found themselves using these tools as a means to connect with
audiences and as sources for major breaking/developing news stories and enriched storytelling.
Presenter
Johnita Due, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Diversity Advisor, CNN
3:30 pm – 5 pm
WHAT IT TAKES TO SuCCEED IN BROADCAST
Q&A with ingrid Ciprian Matthews, Vice President, CBS News
Ciprian Matthews will offer her perspectives on the newsroom today, her sense of what the future holds and
she’ll talk about the skills, experiences and smarts she looks for in hiring and promoting people.
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THuRSDAy, JuNE 21, 2012
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
IDENTITy POLITICS:
WHAT’S THE RELEvANCE IN A POST RACIAL ERA
Panelists discuss their books which analyze the need of blacks to use ethnic and gender
identity to defne themselves and their politics in an era where prominent African
Americans have made great strides. The panel will also share what this trend means for
black journalists.
Moderator
Joy Ann Reid Managing Editor, TheGrio.com & Contributor, MSNBC
Melisa Harris Perry, MSNBC Host, Professor & Author “Sister Citizen”
Gary younge, Correspondent for the Guardian Newspaper & Author “Who Are We and Should it Matter in the
21st Century?”
Tourè, Contributor MSNBC & Author “Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness?”
1:45 pm – 3 pm
uSING HISTORy TO TELL OuR STORIES
Panel will describe the techniques of using research of the past to develop story narratives in a variety of
best-selling genres, including biography, fction and memoir.
Moderator
Michelle Norris, Host of NPR’s All Things Considered
Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald Columnist & Author of “Freeman: A Novel”
Mark Whitaker, CNN Managing Editor & Author of “My Long Trip Home”
Rachel Swarns, Reporter, The New York Times & Author of “American Tapestry”
FRIDAy, JuNE 22, 2012
HOW TO TuRN A GOOD IDEA INTO A MAJOR BOOK DEAL
9 am – 10:15 am
Panelists discuss the nuts and bolts of transforming their ideas and experiences into book projects worthy of
publication. This panel will also describe the publishing process, offering tips and tidbits that could spell the
difference between acceptance and rejection.
Moderator
Donna Britt, Moderator Author “Brothers (and Me)”
Dawn Davis, Publisher & Vice President of HarperCollins
Allison Samuels, Author “What Would Michelle Do?”

3 pm – 4:45 pm
THE WARMTH OF OTHER SuNS: THE MAKING OF A BESTSELLER
Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author of The New York Times’ bestseller, The
Warmth of Other Suns, shares what went into the making of the epic book that brings to life one of the
greatest underreported stories of the 20th Century, the mass migration of blacks that reshaped modern
America.
Isabel Wilkerson, Author of “The Warmth of Other Suns”
AuTHORS SHOWCASE
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CELEBRITy AuTHOR SERIES:
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Author of “Redefning Diva: Life Lessons From the Original Dreamgirl” will be available to
meet conventioneers in the Authors Showcase bookstore.
SATuRDAy, JuNE 23, 2012
10:15 am – 11:30 am
SELF PuBLISHING
This panel will outline what it takes to go solo in successfully launching a book project, with
a heavy emphasis on writing, editing, marketing in both the real and viral world of social
media and e-publishing.
Moderator
Wayne Dawkins, Author, “Rugged Waters”
S. Renee Smith, Author, “The Bridge to Your Brand”
Deanna Burrell, Author ,“Single Girl Summer” & Blogger for the Chicago Tribune
Lee May, Author of My God My Politics”
Terra Brantley, Author of “Breaking the Silence”
“BOOKS AND BEIGNETS” – A MORNING OF READINGS,
SIGNINGS & FELLOWSHIP
10:15 am – 1 pm
RECEPTION FOR PARTICIPATING AuTHORS WITH SELECT
READINGS By SEvERAL AuTHORS INCLuDING:
• Sheryl Lee Ralph, Author of “Redefning Diva: Life Lessons From the Original Dreamgirl”

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9 am – 5 pm
NABJ BOARD OF DiRECTORS MEETiNG
Location: River Room
6 pm – 8 pm
NABJ TOWN HALL MEETiNG #NABJTOWNHALL
Powered by Orleans Place Matters
Hosted by New Orleans Association of Black Journalists
Location: Dillard university, Georges Auditorium, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans
REFORMiNG EDUCATiON iN POST-KATRiNA LOUiSiANA
One of the legacies of Hurricane Katrina is the nearly total transformation of New Orleans’ beleaguered public
education system. Voucher programs are expanding, with the most recent state school reform legislation
enabling more students across Louisiana to attend private schools at taxpayer expense. Opponents
contend that under this system, there’s an absence of widespread access to special needs education, less
accountability for individual institutions and a greater likelihood that children of less-involved parents may fall
through the cracks. A panel of experts engages a discussion of the controversial topic with local residents.
Moderator
Norman Robinson, Anchor, WDSU-TV, New Orleans
Presenters
Dr. Lance Hill, Executive Director, Southern Institute for Education and Research, Tulane University
Kenneth L. Campbell, Board Member, Black Alliance for Educational Options
Karran Harper Royal, Parent, Education Activist
Kira Orange-Jones, Executive Director, Teach For America/Greater New Orleans; Member,
State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
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7 am – 7 pm
REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Make sure to visit the Registration & Welcome Center, where those who have preregistered may pick up their
convention materials and where others may register on the spot. This also is the location to sign up for special
events, including the NABJ Celebrity Golf Tournament and NABJ 5K Walk/Run, as well as purchase tickets to
the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala and NABJ Annual Gospel Brunch.
8 pm – 3 pm
CHAPTER DAY: PROFESSiONAL CHAPTER LEADERSHiP
DEVELOPMENT #NABJCHAPTERS
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
Chapter Day offers leaders of NABJ’s professional and student chapters a chance to take part in a day
of training and focused leadership development. Participants will learn about fundraising and effective
governing. The session is produced by the NABJ Council of Presidents Task Force.
9 am – 5 pm
NABJ PRESS ROOM
Powered By CBS News, Business Wire
Location: Ellington & Winston
NABJ welcomes professional journalists covering the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair. The NABJ Press
Room is provided for working media to research and draft articles, conduct interviews, and attend press
briefngs.
3 pm – 5 pm
REGiONAL CAUCUS
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
8 am – 5 pm
LEARNiNG LABS (FULL DAY)
CAREER TRANSiTiON: CHANGE, CREATiViTY AND
RESiLiENCE #CAREERTRANS
Location: Oak Alley (3rd Floor)
The rules of the journalism game are perpetually changing. Layoffs and buyouts have generated a feeling
of helplessness among many journalists and media professionals. For older people in the industry, the job
situation is of even greater concern. This session will offer attendees the tools to move forward and thrive in a
competitive market.
Presenters
Jackie Jones, Owner, Jones Coaching LLC
Walter Middlebrook, Assistant Managing Editor, The Detroit News
Glenn Proctor, Founder/Training Director, REDDjobb LLC
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LEARNiNG LABS (FULL DAY)
4TH ANNUAL NABJ ENTREPRENEURiAL LEARNiNG LAB: iNSPiRiNG SUCCESS
iN A DiGiTAL WORLD #BIzDEVOLAB
Powered by AT&T
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Smart media entrepreneurs are embracing new technology to launch long-lasting wealth-creating ventures.
One example is the $1 billion sale in April of Instagram to Facebook. In this daylong session, those with a
passion to reinvent content will explore concepts of building, growing, sustaining and selling proftable new
digital platforms.
Participants will learn how to merge content using new technologies, what makes a good idea in the digital
media space and what it takes to become fuent in a variety of digital forms – from broadband, blogs and
social networks to web-based programs, mobile applications, and more.
If you have a passion for creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset to become a new leader in the digital
media industry, join the dialogue on how to invent your own digital product.
A diverse group of experts, entrepreneurs and government offcials will share their insights, strategies, tips
and real-world, proven business models.
8 am – 9 am
CONTiNENTAL BREAKFAST AND NETWORKiNG
9 am
WELCOME
Sheila Brooks, Founder and CEO, SRB Communications and The Brooks Business Report
®
9:15 am – 10:30 am
STATE OF MiNORiTY- AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSiNESSES
Moderator
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, President & CEO, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity
in Communications
Panelists
Dorrissa Griffn, Co-Chairwoman, Communications Consumers United
Danny Bakewell, Chairman Emeritus, National Newspaper
Publishers Association
Ernest Johnson, President, Louisiana State NAACP
Jonathan M. Burns, Esq., Attorney, Krooth & Altman, LLP
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10:30 am – 11 am
NETWORKiNG BREAK
11 am – 11:45 am
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MEDiA ENTREPRENEURSHiP iN A DiGiTAL WORLD
David Honig, President & CEO, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
David Honig is President & CEO of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a national
nonproft organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass
media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally
recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications. The organization
strongly believes that the breathtaking changes in communications technology and the new global forms of
media partnerships must enhance diversity in the 21st century.
NOON – 1 pm
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1 pm – 2 pm
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
2 pm – 3:30 pm
iNSPiRiNG SUCCESS AS A MEDiA ENTREPRENEUR iN A DiGiTAL WORLD
Moderator
Sheila Brooks, Founder and CEO, SRB Communications, Washington, DC
Presenters
Denise Lloyd, President and CEO, D.H. Lloyd & Associates, Washington, DC
Marseyas Fernandez, President and CEO, MSF Global Solutions, New Orleans, La.
Mark Samuel, Certifcation Manager, Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council
3:30 pm – 4 pm
NETWORKiNG BREAK
LEARNiNG LAB: ONACAMP @ NABJ LEARNiNG LABS #ONACAMP
Location: versailles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Looking for the latest in digital skills? Join us for a day of hands-on training with some of the top leaders in
digital journalism. This session, split up into workshops, will cover the latest in digital investigative reporting,
mobile reporting, social media, audience engagement skills and web tools. Get on the fast track to better
reporting with greater impact using the power of the Internet. This exciting day of intensive digital journalism
training is organized by the Online News Association, courtesy of a grant from the Gannett Foundation.
Lunch will be provided for all registrants.
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8 am – 9 am
SOCiAL MEDiA AS A REPORTiNG TOOL
With real-time reporting, social networks have become a prequel to the newsroom, providing peer-to-peer
conversation, audience engagement, sources and resources. Not to mention they are often the highest
traffc drivers to news sites. This session will show you the benefts of social media and the hottest tools and
techniques to report your story faster and more effciently.
Niketa Patel, Product Manager, Social Media & Search, CNN Money
9 am – 10 am
MOBiLE NEWSGATHERiNG: REPORTiNG FROM THE FiELD
Reporting on-the-go has never been easier when all the tools you need can ft into your hand. This session
will show you the reporting power of the smartphone. We’ll show you the basics of how to use hand-held
devices as a journalistic tool, featured apps to use as well as best practices for reporting, editing and sharing
stories to any media platform with your smart phone.
Justin Ellis, Assistant Editor, Nieman Lab
10 am – 11 am
(MOSTLY) FREE TOOLS
Take a whirlwind tour of free tools that will let you stream live video, edit digital photos, become a social
media power user, create HTML charts, analyze search keywords, embed polls and create interactive
slideshows.
Kwan Booth, Co-Founder, Oakland Local
11 am – Noon
TUMBLR FOR NEWSROOMS
Audience engagement is not only about keeping customers happy, it also helps cultivate loyal readers who
will return repeatedly. This session will explore use of Tumblr, one of the most user-friendly platforms for
boosting this engagement. This session also will demonstrate best practices and tools for building meaningful
online communities, as well as how journalists can move from the web to mobile to real-life connections.
Phoebe Connelly, Editor, Yahoo! News
Noon – 1 pm
LUNCH
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iMMERSiVE REPORTiNG & NEWSGAMES
Video games have long fascinated many. As technology advances, so have the tools to augment our
experience. Piggybacking on recent advances in virtual reality technology, Nonny de la Peña has begun
offering powerful news experiences to the public. Her work uses the latest virtual reality goggles coupled
with compelling audio to create a frst-person experience of the events or situations that take place in the
real world. By harnessing the sense of presence – or being there – that comes with these 3D technologies,
her brand of immersive journalism allows an audience member to personally engage with a story through
unprecedented access to the sights, sounds, and even feelings and emotions, which accompany the news.
Nonny de la Peña, Annenberg Fellow, Founder, ImmersiveJournalism.com & Stroome.com
2:30 pm – 4 pm
GOOGLE FUSiON 101
Journalists know it’s crucial to back up stories with cold, hard facts. Numbers and statistics are essential. They
can contribute toward the creation of interactive visualizations that allow readers to focus on parts of the
story most important to them, and to make their own discoveries. Participants in this session will learn how
to fnd datasets, how to extract stories within data and, ultimately, how to present that data through sortable
tables and interactive maps created with Google FusionTables. By the end of the session, participants will
have completed a functioning interactive data visualization, and will have learned how to apply visualization
techniques to stories that can have deep meaning for local communities. Participants should bring laptops.
John Keefe, Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology, WNYC
1 pm – 5 pm
LEARNiNG LABS (HALF DAY)
STARTiNG YOUR OWN COMPANY: ViSUAL ENTREPRENEURSHiP #VIzBIzDEVO
Powered by Camera Bits
Location: Elmwood (3rd Floor)
Times are changing for visual journalists, who are losing their jobs in newsrooms and academia. This session
led by the NABJ Visual Task Force will explore the business end of visual journalism with the intention of
helping participants remain relevant and employed. Participants will learn to think beyond freelancing and
explore details of creating their own media companies. Financial planning, branding, marketing and legal
rights will be covered, along with protecting copyrights, forming partnerships, and billing and keeping clients.
The session also will tackle questions that commonly arise, such as whether an LLC or corporation is more
appropriate or how to write a good “For Hire” contract.
Presenters
Brian Branch Price, Photographer
Sarah Glover, Multimedia Journalist, Sarahmedia
Carl Juste, Photojournalist, Iris PhotoCollective
Danese Kenon, Multimedia Journalist, Danese Kenon Photography, LLC
Jason M. Johnson, Photographer, JMJohnson Photography
Jeffery Salter, Photographer, Jeffery Salter Photography
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LEARNiNG LABS (HALF DAY)
WORDPRESS WEB DESIGN #WPDESIGN
Location: Jasperwood (3rd Floor)
With more than 100 million WordPress websites worldwide, the service is now the most popular blogging
and web development platform in the world. Top NBA players such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant use
WordPress as the platform for their personal blogs. Workshop attendees will learn how to leverage the free
and paid versions of this web platform to showcase a brand, create a news site or establish a home for a
portfolio of work.
Presenter
Eric Hamilton, CEO, AdSmoke Inc.
FREE TOOLS FOR JOURNALiSTS #FREETOOLS
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
The variety of software and app tools available for journalists can become confusing and daunting. This
session will wade through all that, and will cover Facebook for Journalists, Tumblr, Google+, Flickr, Twitter and
more. This session also will demonstrate how these tools can enhance news stories.
Presenters
Serbino Sandifer-Walker, Journalism Professor, Texas Southern University, Multimedia Producer, KTSU-FM
Mark Luckie, National Innovations Editor, The Washington Post
Nakia Cooper, Digital Content Producer, KHOU-TV
BRANDiNG U: THE STUDENT EDiTiON #BRANDUNIV
Location: Belle Chasse (3rd Floor)
Sending a resume and cover letter through the mail is so yesterday. Job seekers need an electronic portfolio.
This three-hour workshop will give participants strategies for using cutting-edge applications to develop a
virtual resumes. The session also will offer tips for using Twitter and Facebook to promote a brand, and on
creating an action plan that will have recruiters banging on the door.
Presenters
Herbert Lowe, Professional in Residence, Journalism Department, Diederich College of Communication,
Marquette University, former president of NABJ
Wesley Lowery, NABJ Student Representative
Walter Middlebrook, Recruiter, The Detroit News
Paula Bouknight, Recruiter, The Boston Globe
irv Harrell, Recruiter, The St. Louis Post Dispatch
JUMPSTART YOUR PR TRANSFORMATiON #PRJUMP
Location: Melrose (3rd Floor)
Are you transitioning from journalism to public relations? Are you ready to start your own agency? Or are
your PR pitches and projects languishing in a digital waiting room? Every media response can change a
public image, for better or for worse. This learning lab will demonstrate award-winning PR software and bring
together all the elements needed to engage the right infuencers, generate coverage, achieve quantifable
results and manage campaigns. This session also will examine solutions, software and best PR practices.
Presenters
Terry Allen, CEO, 1016 Media/Terry Allen PR/CBO Development
Nick Nelson, COO, Liquid Soul Media
Maria Roberts, CEO, Written Word Communications
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PUTTiNG YOUR JOURNALiSM SKiLLS TO WORK iN HOLLYWOOD #JHOLLY
Powered by BET Networks, Nielsen 
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
A panel of entertainment experts will provide insights on how to transfer journalism skills into a successful
entertainment career. Panelists will share personal stories on the opportunities and challenges that come
along with writing and producing content for Hollywood and how that impacts the African-American
audience. This session also will examine how African-American buying power infuences what is produced for
the big and small screens and what ends up on the chopping block.
Presenters
T.J. Holmes, Host, Don’t Sleep, BET
Lolis Eric Elie, Writer, Tremé, HBO
Tim McNeal, Vice President, Talent Development & Diversity, ABC Television Group & Disney
Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Vice President, Diversity & Communications, CBS
Gil L. Robertson, Co-Founder & President, African American Film Critics Association
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Government Relations, The Nielsen Company
7 pm – 8 pm
ADDRESS BY ViCE PRESiDENT OF THE UNiTED STATES
JOSEPH R. BiDEN
8 pm – 10 pm
WELCOME RECEPTiON & CONCERT
Powered by The Africa Channel, BET Networks
Location: Grand Ballroom
NABJ welcomes all of its members to the Crescent City with a kickoff reception and concert at
the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Join us for an elegant evening of New Orleans eats, sounds,
networking, and connecting with new colleagues and old friends.
Host
T.J. Holmes, Host, Don’t Sleep, BET
Musical Performance
Melanie Fiona, R & B Artist
10 pm – 12 am
NABJ AFTER DARK: AMATEUR NiGHT #NABJAFTER
Location: The Deck
Here’s your chance to step up to the mic, share your talent with NABJ and shine. Whether you have a song or
a spoken-word piece to offer, bring it on. You’ll be the opening act for NABJ After Dark and you’ll headline for
Fresh Johnson, on-air host from New Orleans’ Power 102.9.
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7 am – 5 pm
REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Make sure to visit the Registration & Welcome Center, where those who have preregistered may pick up
their convention materials and others may register on the spot. This also is the location to sign up for special
events, including the NABJ Celebrity Golf Tournament and NABJ 5K Walk/Run, as well as purchase tickets to
the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala and NABJ Annual Gospel Brunch.
6:30 am – 7:30 am
HEALTHY NABJ: MORNiNG WORKOUT #NABJWORKOUT #HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by United States Marine Corps
Location: Compass (Riverside Conference Center)
ATTENTION! Do you have what it takes to cut it in boot camp? Start your day out the right way with a
morning workout lead by the U.S. Marine Corps. It promises to be a workout to remember!
8 am – 9 am
BEiGNETS AT THE BOOTH – FOR STUDENTS
Powered by Comcast|NBCUniversal
Location: Hilton Exhibition Center (2nd Floor)
A chance for students at NABJ’s convention to network and learn about Comcast NBCUniversal’s internships,
entry-level, and on-air opportunities across all platforms.
8 am – 9:30 am
PROFESSiONAL DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST: ENERGiZiNG COMMUNiTiES OF
COLOR: WHY TODAY’S ENERGY SECTOR MATTERS #ENERGYNABJ
Powered by BP and ExxonMobil
Location: versailles (3rd Floor)
The oil and natural gas industries touch our lives in countless ways each day — from fueling our cars to
heating our homes, and from cooking our meals to carpeting our homes. Today’s emphasis is on “clean”
fuels as well as innovation in the production of traditional fossil fuels. This breakfast session will offer insider
perspectives on the industry from policy makers and private decision makers.
Moderator
Bertha Coombs, General Assignment Reporter, CNBC
Presenters
Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, BP America
Lonnie Johnson, Senior Director, Federal Relations, Exxon Mobil
Frank Stewart, President and COO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Warner Williams, Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Chevron
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PROFESSiONAL DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST: SPORTS TASK FORCE
MENTOR BREAKFAST #NABJESPN
Powered by ESPN Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Join the NABJ Sports Task Force for its annual mentorship breakfast, where aspiring journalists are paired
with professional mentors from broadcast, print and online newsrooms. ESPN “Sports Center” anchor Stan
Verrett will be the featured speaker.
9 am – 5 pm
CAREER FAiR & ExHiBiTiON
Location: Hilton Exhibition Center (2nd Floor)
NABJ AUTHORS SHOWCASE BOOKSTORE
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
NABJ PRESS ROOM
Powered By CBS News, Business Wire
Location: Ellington & Winston
Marsh & McLennan Companies is a global team of professional services
companies ofering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and
human capital. Through our market leading brands, colleagues in more
than 100 countries help clients identify, plan for and respond to critical
business issues and risks.
To learn more, visit us at www.mmc.com.
Protecting and enhancing
our clients’ Vital assets
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OPENiNG CEREMONY
Hosted by Arthel Neville, FOX News, and Alicia Quarles, E! News
NEWSMAKER PLENARY: TRAYVON MARTiN: A
CRiME STORY iN THE
DiGiTAL AGE #TRAYVONNABJ
Powered By HuffPost/BlackVoices
Location: Grand Ballroom
The death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin launched a 21st
century discussion of both race, equity and justice in America,
particularly in light of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground
law. News reports brought diverse viewpoints to light as social
media and technology sparked the public’s interest and helped
drive coverage. This session will explore the ongoing social and
cultural implications of this case and the role played by the media. The Martin family, journalists, and legal
experts as they discuss one the most widely discussed stories of the year.
Moderator
Michele Norris, NPR
Panelists
Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin
Tracy Martin, Father of Trayvon Martin
Jahvaris Martin, Brother of Trayvon Martin
Ben Crump, Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law, Trayvon Martin Family Attorney
Rev. Al Sharpton, MSNBC Commentator, President, National Action Network
Corey Dade, National Correspondent, NPR
Trymaine Lee, Senior Reporter, Huffngton Post
Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, TheGrio.com
Daralene Jones, General Assignment Reporter, WFTV – Orlando
11 am – 12 pm
2012 ExHiBiT HALL AND CAREER FAiR GRAND OPENiNG #NABJCAREER
Location: Hilton Exhibition Center (2nd Floor)
GMC TELEViSiON NETWORK PRESENTS
Powered by GMC TV Network and ASPiRE Media
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
GMC Networks, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, invite you to
join GMCNetworks Executive Paul Butler, and actors Vanessa Williams and Rockmond Dunbar as they
present their upcoming slate of heartwarming movies, gospel plays and roof-raising music specials and
artists for the 2012-2013 season. Talent and executives will be on hand to answer questions during this
special NABJ program. Plus, be the very frst ANYWHERE to get a special sneak peek at Earvin ‘Magic’
Johnson’s new television network ASPiRE set to launch in June! NABJ gets it frst! Don’t miss it!
Paul Butler, General Manager, ASPiRE
Vanessa Williams, Actress and Singer
Rockmond Dunbar, Actor
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iNTERACTiVE SESSiONS i
FROM FRACKiNG TO FOOD DESERTS: COVERiNG
ENViRONMENTAL iSSUES #NENVIR
Location: Jasperwood (3rd Floor)
There’s more to covering energy and the environment than gas prices and polar bears. Environmental issues
touch every news beat and disproportionately impact African- Americans. Story opportunities abound if you
just know where to look. This panel will highlight major environmental topics and equip participants with the
resources to localize national environmental and energy stories and fnd energy and environmental stories on
their own beats.
Presenters
Ryan Nave, Staff Reporter, Jackson (Miss.) Free Press
Talia Buford, Energy Reporter, Politico
Brentin Mock, Web Editor, Bridge the Gulf
Monique Harden, Co-Director, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
DATA ViSUALiZATiON ON THE CHEAP #DATAVIz
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
Do you work in a small shop where you’re wearing many hats, including that of web producer? Are you
looking for ways to add interactive charts and other web-only components to your work? This session will
show you how to use simple and mostly free tools.
Presenter
Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor, Practice Online/Multimedia Journalism, Boston University
iDENTiFYiNG NEW SOURCES AND STORiES THROUGH SOCiAL MEDiA
SEARCH ENGiNES #JSOCMED
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
Many journalists use social media to promote their work, engage with the public and track news. But social
media also can help identify new sources and stories. This session will introduce participants to a range
of specialized social media search engines that will dramatically enhance information gathering for beat
reporting, breaking news coverage and long-term investigative projects. The session will focus on using these
search engines to identify a broader range of both experts and “real people”. Special attention will be given
to using LinkedIn as a news-gathering tool.
Presenter
Luis Clemens, Senior Editor for Diversity, NPR
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PHOTOJOURNALiSM: HOW TO? WHERE TO? AND WHAT’S NExT?
#PHOTOJOURN
Location: versailles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
This workshop will provide a practical understanding of the evolution, pertinence and future of
photojournalism. The working photojournalist is fnding it increasingly diffcult to secure income and
protect image copyrights with the aggregation of the Internet and other technological developments.
Today’s journalists need a better perspective on technology’s effect on tomorrow’s job market. By tracing
photojournalism from its early stages to the present, panelists will discuss what skills are necessary for
photojournalism today.
Presenters
Ken irby, Visual Journalism Group Leader and Director of Diversity, Poynter Institute for Media Studies
Boysell Hosey, Director of Photography/Multimedia, Tampa Bay Times
Sarah Glover, Multimedia Journalist, Sarahmedia
Carl Juste, Photojournalist, Iris PhotoCollective
AUTHORS SHOWCASE
Powered by News Corporation and and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Napoleon Ballroom
iDENTiTY POLiTiCS: WHAT’S THE RELEVANCE iN A POST RACiAL ERA
#IDENTITYPOL
Panelists discuss their books, which analyze the need for African Americans to use ethnic and gender identity
to defne themselves as well as their politics in an era in which prominent African Americans have made great
strides. The panel also will explore what this trend means for black journalists.
Presenters
Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, TheGrio.com, Contributor, MSNBC
Melissa Harris Perry, Host, MSNBC, Professor, Tulane University, Author, Sister Citizen
Gary Younge, Correspondent, The Guardian newspaper, Author, Who Are We and Should it Matter in
the 21st Century?
Tourè, Contributor, MSNBC, Author, Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness?
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HEALTHY NABJ: YOU’VE EARNED A SAY: A CONVERSATiON ABOUT THE
FUTURE OF MEDiCARE AND SOCiAL SECURiTY#HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by AARP
Location: Grand Salon C
You’ve Earned a Say is a national conversation, recently launched by the AARP, to ensure that Americans
have a say in the future of Medicare and Social Security. AARP will host several town hall-style meetings,
community conversations, debates, webcasts, bus tours and other events – all with the goal of giving
communities a chance to learn about Medicare and Social Security proposals, share their views and offer their
own ideas about how to keep these programs strong for generations to come. As part of this effort, there
is a critical need to educate and inform communities of color about future changes to Medicare and Social
Security policy.
Presenters
Jeff Johnson, Journalist/Author
Hazel Trice Edney, President, Capital Press Club, and Editor-in-Chief, Trice Edney Wire
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President/CEO, Global Policy Solutions and Board Chair, National Committee to
Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Jamal Simmons, Political Commentator, The Raben Group
BLACK NEWS ENTREPRENEURS: WHERE ARE THEY? #BLKNEWSBIz
Location: Belle Chasse (3rd Floor)
Around the country, news entrepreneurs, many of them displaced journalists, have launched nearly 3,000
community news startups and niche news sites. Yet only a handful of these entrepreneurs have been people
of color, despite the continued need for coverage of ethnic, immigrant and minority communities. In vetting
some 2,500 applications for startup funding, J-Lab has developed some insights, noted some patterns, and
recognized some successes and some failures. In this workshop, participants will explore the opportunities
and challenges and hear from those who have successfully launched media companies.
Presenters
Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Glenn Burkins, Founder & Editor, QCityMetro.com
Michelle Ferrier, Founder & Managing Editor, LocallyGrownNews.com
ROOTS 2012: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU TRACE YOUR ANCESTRY BACK
TO AFRiCA? #ROOTS12
Powered by The Africa Channel
Location: Grand Salon A
A panel of African Americans who traced their roots to Africa through DNA will share how
the experience led to dramatic and emotional changes in their lives. NABJ convention
attendees will be eligible to win DNA kits allowing them to trace their roots to the African
country and ethnic group from which their ancestors came.
Presenters
LeBron Joseph, Co-host,‘News with a Twist’ WGNO Hometeam Morning Show
Gina Paige, Co-Founder and President, AfricanAncestry.com.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Singer and Actress
Glenn Gordon, Actor and Playwright
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A “BRAND” NEW YOU: CUT THROUGH THE MEDiA CLUTTER AND MAKE
YOUR MARK! #BRANDYOU
Location: Elmwood (3rd Floor)
Creating your own journalist brand is a must these days, as we all work to differentiate ourselves from the
news/blogger crowd. Having your own brand can boost your profle at your current job, lead you to your next
job or even help you create your own entrepreneurial website or blog. This panel will offer tips, tricks, tools
and techniques to help you create your own brand and take it to the next level.
Natalie McNeal, Personal Finance Journalist/Blogger/Speaker Frugalista.com,
Bomani Jones, Sports Personality, SBNation.com and ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and “Jim Rome is Burning”
Marcus Osborne, Founder & Podcaster/Blogger, Straight Male Friend
Corynne L. Corbett, Beauty Director, Essence
Benét Wilson, Founder, AviationQueen.com; Director of Media Relations, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn.
WHAT DOES iT MEAN TO BE AN AFRiCAN-AMERiCAN WEBSiTE? #AFAMWEB
Powered by Comcast|NBCUniversal
Location: Grand Salon B
NBC and other news organizations have made a commitment to serve African-American audiences with sites
such as TheGrio.com. But how does that work exactly? Is there such a thing as ‘black news’? Does that let
other news outlets “off the hook” in terms serving African-American audiences? A panel of leading black sites
will discuss the flters that guide story selection and editing, as well as their sites’ infuence on their parent
news organizations as a whole.
Presenters
Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Offcer, NBC News
Christina Norman, Executive Editor, HuffPost BlackVoices
Darrell Williams, CEO, Loop21.com
Donna Byrd, Publisher, TheRoot.com
David Wilson, Founder & Executive Editor, TheGrio.com
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
NEWSMAKER PLENARY: THE HEALTH OF A NATiON: THE AFFORDABLE CARE
ACT ON TRiAL #HEALTHYNABJ #NABJACA
Location: Grand Ballroom
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law will have far-reaching implications,
from the November general election to, ultimately, access to quality health care for all Americans, especially
African Americans. Nearly 5.5 million African Americans are uninsured and the fate of the health care law
will have economic and social consequences. Join our panel of health experts and journalists for insightful
analysis of this developing news story.
Moderator
Melissa Harris-Perry, Host, MSNBC
Panelists
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood
Kathleen Stoll, Deputy Executive Director, Families USA
Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, New Orleans Health Commissioner
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ONE-MAN BANDiNG AND YOUR CAREER: HOW TO DO iT AND WHY
YOU SHOULD #VJS
Location: Belle Chasse (3rd Floor)
For many reporters, working as a one-man band is almost synonymous with putting in the grunt work in a
sleepy hamlet with the thought that, one day, they’ll fnally be paired with a photographer in a top 50 market.
But what about those who are actually crazy enough to choose to report, shoot and edit as a career? This
fact is clear: one-man bands are becoming the norm at stations across the country. So how does one launch a
successful career as a one-man multimedia show? And how will a career in multimedia journalism get one to a
bigger market faster? This workshop will focus on multimedia journalism as a career and why it makes sense.
Presenters
Blayne Alexander, Multimedia Journalist, WXIA-TV, Atlanta
Mara Schiavocampo, Correspondent, NBC News
Sandra Gonzalez, Multimedia Journalist, WGNO-TV, New Orleans
NEW WAYS TO COVER POLiTiCAL CAMPAiGNS #POLCAMP
Location: Napoleon Ballroom
Dispatches from the road have been replaced by Twitter feeds, blogs and viral videos. Are
you taking advantage of these new ways to report on campaigns? Hear from veterans and
“new jack” reporters who are breaking the mold on campaign coverage, and learn how to
get paid for your expertise. From frst-time reporters to seasoned veterans, getting the
all-important credential to national political conventions is the frst step. Now that you’re
inside the bubble, what sorts of stories are people looking for back home? How can you
best meet that challenge so often seen in campaign reporting of separating opinion from
fact? Learn how to turn your expertise into an asset.
Presenters
Charles F. Robinson, III, Political Correspondent, Maryland Public Television
Cynthia Gordy, Political Reporter, The Root.com
Nia-Malika Henderson, Political Reporter, The Washington Post
Monroe Anderson, Columnist/Blogger, MonroeAnderson.Typepad.com
Jesse Holland, Reporter, The Associated Press
Bryan Monroe, Editor, CNNPolitics.com
NABJ FOUNDERS: BEHiND THE SCENES #NABJFOUNDERS
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
An informal back-and-forth discussion between NABJ founders and members – particularly new members,
students and interested convention attendees – who want to know more about the Dec. 12, 1975, founding
meeting of NABJ and the pioneers’ early trials and tribulations.
Moderators
Maureen Bunyan, Anchor, WJLA-TV, NABJ Founder
Les Payne, Columnist for Newsday, NABJ Founder
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3:45 pm – 5 pm
THE PROFESSORS’ PRESS CONFERENCE: WHAT THEY DiDN’T TELL YOU iN
GRADUATE SCHOOL ABOUT ACADEMiA #PROFPRESS
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
Many journalists transitioning from the newsroom to the classroom receive a rude awakening when they
see how much time is spent in committee meetings, on service projects to the university or serving as an
academic or organization adviser. Panelists will share what they have seen regarding the side of university life
that new educators might not anticipate before arriving on campus. The panel will be presented as a press
conference to allow the audience the maximum amount of time to ask and receive answers to their questions.
Convention attendees will be invited to submit questions before the discussion so that the panelists are
certain to cover issues of interest.
Presenters
Yolanda McCutchen, Instructor of Mass Communications, Clafin University
Wayne Dawkins, Assistant Professor, Hampton University
Nathaniel Frederick ii, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Winthrop University
GETTiNG THAT FiRST JOB — WHAT YOU HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE #1STJOB
Location: Grand Salon B
As NABJ enters its 37th year, many aspiring journalists are struggling to fnd their frst industry job in
a troubled economy. This panel will offer new and innovative ways for new journalists to break into the
market. All the panelists have graduated within the last fve years and attracted job offers within weeks of
commencement. This session will help participants learn more about diversifying skills, networking effectively,
building professional experience and enhancing interview skills. Attendees will leave with concrete takeaways,
including a top 10 tips handout and 250 business cards.
Presenters
Vicki Zimmerman, Regional News Director, Raycom Media
Allen Huntspon, Writer/Producer, CNN
Tamika Bickham, General Assignment Reporter, WAKA- CBS8
Brittany Geneva Cummings, Associate Producer, CNN
Glenn Proctor, Founder/Training Director. REDDjobb LLC
AUTHORS SHOWCASE: USiNG HiSTORY TO TELL OUR STORiES
#NABJAUTHORS
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Elmood (3rd Floor)
This panel will focus on techniques involving, research of the past to develop story
narratives in a variety of best-selling genres, including biography, fction and memoir.
Presenters
Michelle Norris, Host, All Things Considered, NPR
Leonard Pitts, Columnist, Miami Herald, Author, Freeman
Mark Whitaker, managing Editor, CNN, Author, My Long Trip Home
Rachel Swarns, Reporter, The New York Times, Author. American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and
Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama
Mervin Aubespin, Former NABJ President, Author, Two Centuries of Black Louisville—A Photographic History
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HEALTHY NABJ: FiGHTiNG FOR FOOD JUSTiCE iN THE BLACK COMMUNiTY
#FOODJUSTICE
Location: Melrose (3rd Floor)
The most frequently occurring chronic diseases — diabetes, cancer, stroke, hypertension and heart disease
— are all diet-related and are all eating away at the collective quality of life of African-Americans. With the
increase of diet-related disease disproportionately impacting African Americans, urban food movements
across America are working to address access and affordability to healthy foods. This panel will connect the
dots in the pipeline – the role of Black farmers, the need for more African-American registered dietitians,
reclaiming our cultural foods and dvocating for food sovereignty.
Presenters
Evelyn F. Crayton, EdD, RD, LD, Extension Assistant Director, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and
Professor, College of Human Sciences’ Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Auburn University
Tambra Stevenson, Blogger, DC Food Justice
Michael W. Twitty, Cooking Gene Project
Tanikka Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Healthy Solutions
Harvey Reed, Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Cooperatives
Jenga Mwendo, Founder, Backyard Gardeners Network
FACES BEHiND THE LENS: THE UNSEEN SPORTS JOBS #SPORTSJOBS
Location: Grand Salon A
Sports fans are familiar with the well-known, on-air personalities. But most people don’t see the people
behind the camera – the producers, directors, editors, talent bookers and publicists calling the shots. This
session will feature a group of professionals who will provide an overview of the sports jobs you should know
and what it takes to succeed in these positions.
Presenters
Rashan Ali, Social Media Correspondent, NBA TV
Galen Gordon, Coordinating Producer, ESPN
Harold Bryant, Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports
Drew Watkins, Creative Director, Turner Sports
Tony Wyllie, Senior Vice President, Communications, Washington Redskins
GOOGLE FOR JOURNALiSTS: GETTiNG THE MOST FROM THE WEB
#GOOGLEWEB
Powered by Google 
Location: versailles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Learn how to work more effciently and effectively on the web. Whether your focus is print, broadcast, or
digital journalism, this session will offer tips and tricks you can use to search smarter, keep better tabs on
your beat, see what’s hot and add a visual edge to your online content.
Presenter
Sean Carlson, Manager of Global Communications, Google
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COMBATiNG VOTER SUPPRESSiON iN THE FiELD, THE COURTS AND
CONGRESS #VOTERRTS
Location: Jasperwood
Voting rights are under attack in this country as state legislatures nationwide pass voter suppression laws
under the pretext of preventing voter fraud and safeguarding election integrity. Join our panel of leading
experts and journalists as they discuss the 2012 election and the legal struggle to achieve equality and
protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised
groups.
Presenters
Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
Melanie Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel, The Brennan Center for Justice Washington, D.C.
Great journalism. Great company.
Jacqueline Charles
Haiti Correspondent
The Miami Herald
NABJ Journalist of the Year, 2011
NABJ International Reporter of the Year, 2010
The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald
2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalists, Breaking News
Haiti Earthquake Coverage
Associate Producer, “Nou Bouke”
2011 Regional Emmy Award Winner
Documentary-Topical Category
www.mcclatchy.com
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5:30 pm – 7 pm
RECEPTiONS
SPORTS TASK FORCE SPECiAL SCREENiNG: 1ST & GOAL iN THE BRONx:
GRAMBLiNG VS. MORGAN STATE 1968
Powered by NFL
Location: Napoleon Ballroom
CBS Sports Network presents 1st & Goal in the Bronx: Grambling vs. Morgan State 1968, a documentary
about the landmark match between Grambling State University and Morgan State University. This one-hour
documentary highlights the frst football game between historically black colleges played at Yankee Stadium
in New York City. The flm premiered in September of 2011, exactly 43 years after the game was played in front
of more than 60,000 fans. Through the lens of this historic game, the documentary explores the history of
black college football and the struggles confronted by teams in segregated America, as well as the political
and cultural subtext surrounding this match-up. The documentary includes interviews with players from
Grambling and Morgan State, including Shack Harris, Raymond Chester, Willie Brown, Willie Lanier, Doris
Robinson, Jerry Izenberg, and current Grambling coach Doug Williams. Thirty-one players from the game went
on to be drafted by the NFL or AFL. The game has been played every year since and offcially became the
New York Urban League Classic in 1971. Today, it takes place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
CONVENTiON CHAiRMAN RECEPTiON
Location: Grand Salon A
Powered by GPTMC
Join Convention Chairman Rod Hicks at his reception, special guest appearances by Jeff Bradshaw and
Marsha Ambrosius. All convention attendees are welcome to attend.
DiGiTAL JOURNALiSM TASK FORCE RECEPTiON
Location: Associate Members Suite
ViSUAL TASK FORCE RECEPTiON
Location: vTF Suite
6 pm – 7 pm
SPECiAL SCREENiNG: WON’T BACK DOWN
Powered by Walden Media
Location: Grand Salon B
In this powerful story –inspired by true events – of parenthood, friendship, hope and
courage, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis portray determined mothers who will
stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful
and entrenched bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking, they risk
everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
Presenters
Dr. Steve Perry, Founder, Capital Preparatory Magnet School,
CNN Education Contributor
Viola Davis, Actress
Rosie Perez, Actress
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ARTS AND ENTERTAiNMENT TASK FORCE RECEPTiON
Location: Grand Salon C
Join NABJ’s Arts & Entertainment Task Force as it celebrates arts and entertainment journalists and presents
the 2012 A& E Task Force Legacy Award to entertainment journalist and host of “The Insider,” Kevin Frazier.
8:30 pm – 10 pm
NABJ PRESENTS: DiSNEY PARKS, A SUMMER TO
REMEMBER #DISNEY@NABJ
Powered By Disney Parks 
Location: Grand Ballroom
Join NABJ and Disney Parks for an evening of special guest appearances, entertainment
and prizes, as well as a reception and the musical talents of recording artist Ruben
Studdard
10:15 pm – 2 am
NEW ORLEANS NABJ CHAPTER PARTY
Location: Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar, 620 Decatur Street, #1A, New Orleans, La.
10:15 pm - 2 am
STUDENT PARTY
Location: The Deck
Calling all student journalists and young professionals! Looking for a time this week to connect with other
NABJ young journalists and professionals like yourself? Join NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year Gerrick
Kennedy (Los Angeles Times), NABJ Student Journalist of the Year Eric Burse (Univ. of Southern Calif.)
and NABJ Student Representative Wesley Lowery for an exclusive evening reserved for networking,
fellowshipping and connecting with other young journalists. It will be a refreshing twist from the traditional
convention feel. We’ll be vibing to the jazzy sounds of New Orleans and you’ll have a chance to dance, too!
We will recognize students and professionals who have graduated or have accepted a new position this year.
Refreshments provided, cash bar.
Welcome to
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7 am – 5 pm
REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Make sure to visit the Registration & Welcome Center, where those who have preregistered may pick up
their convention materials and others may register on the spot. This also is the location to sign up for special
events, including the NABJ Celebrity Golf Tournament and NABJ 5K Walk/Run, as well as purchase tickets to
the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala and Saturday Gospel Brunch.
6:30 am – 7:30 am
HEALTHY NABJ: MORNiNG WORKOUT #NABJWORKOUT #HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by United States Marine Corps 
Location: Compass (Riverside Conference Center)
7:30 am – 9 am
PROFESSiONAL DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST: NEGOTiATiON AND
PERSUASiON #NEGOTIATE
Powered by Comcast|NBCUniversal
Location: Grand Salon A
Not sure how to ask for the raise? Want to sell your story pitch? Think you’re ready for a promotion? The art
of negotiation can never be underestimated. The ability to infuence a group or individual can be a powerful
game changer in a career at any stage. Whether you are hoping to use powers of persuasion to gain either a
large pay increase or simply to convey a creative idea, phrasing, body language and timing can play a huge
role. Our panel of experts will give you the tools you need to negotiate your position from any point in your
career path. Experienced leaders in the feld of journalism and talent management will provide insight on the
best ways to turn your dreams to reality.
Presenters
Elena Nachmanoff, Vice President, NBC News
Princell Hair, Senior Vice President, News and Talent, NBC Sports Group
Sharon Epperson, Senior Commodities Correspondent & Personal Finance Correspondent, CNBC
Olivia Metzger, Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Camille Edwards, Vice President of News, WRC-TV, Washington, D.C.
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PROFESSiONAL DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST: DOLLARS & SENSE: MONEY
MATTERS iN THE AFRiCAN AMERiCAN COMMUNiTY #AFAMMONEY
Powered by Prudential Financial, Inc.
Location: Grand Salon B
The recession has had a disproportionate impact on African Americans and the disparity has become even
more glaring in this election year. Yet there are still many opportunities to maximize wealth. Prudential
Financial presents this expert panel offering tips and strategies for covering personal fnance and retirement
issues. The session also will send out a call to action for achieving personal fnancial success.
Moderated by:
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach
9 am – 5 pm
CAREER FAiR & ExHiBiTiON #NABJCAREER
Location: Hilton Exhibition Center (2nd Floor)
NABJ AUTHORS’ SHOWCASE BOOKSTORE
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
NABJ PRESS ROOM
Powered By CBS News, Business Wire
Location: Ellington & Winston
9 am – 10:15 am
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PUT YOUR BEST PiTCH FORWARD: A GUiDE FOR ALLiES AND LGBT
JOURNALiSTS #NABJLGBT
Location: Jasperwood
This panel of editors, columnists and award-winning bloggers – both openly LGBT journalists and straight
allies – will share how to advocate in the newsroom for LGBT-inclusive stories. Learn how to package LGBT-
inclusive work by emphasizing common values and human interest stories that all readers can relate to.
Panelists will present their success stories, and reveal what worked and what didn’t.
Presenters
Kellee Terrell, News Editor, TheBody.com
Carolyn M. Brown, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Black Enterprise
Kenyon Farrow, Executive Director, Queers for Economic Justice
LZ Granderson, Opinion Correspondent, CNN, Senior Writer, ESPN
Kierna Mayo, Editorial Director, Digital, EBONY Magazine
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WHY WE’RE NOT GETTiNG THE BEST JOBS iN MEDiA #MEDIAJOBS
Location: Belle Chase (3rd Floor)
Despite the country’s economic troubles, there is one sector of the industry generating a rapidly growing
number of highly coveted jobs, many of them leadership positions. But too few are going to talented people
of color. Whether you’re a mid-career journalist or a student trying to get a foot in the door, it’s time to put
digital media on your career path. Panelists in this session will discuss key skills that are most in demand and
how to acquire them. They’ll also demonstrate how to build name recognition and get on the radar of hiring
managers. Participants will be connected with a network of peers and mentors to help them advance.
Presenters
Matt Thompson, Editorial Product Manager, NPR
Latoya Peterson, Owner and Editor, Racialious.com, Digital Media Consultant
Mark Luckie, Innovations Editor, Washington Post
ON THE BUSiNESS BEAT #BIzBEAT
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
The world economy, local economies, the stock market, housing market, small
businesses, corporations and Occupy Wall Street are all part of the business beat.
Session attendees will hear best practices on how to develop a nose for business
reporting and how to break into this growing and popular beat.
Presenters
Darius Walker, New York Bureau Chief, CNN
Natalie McNeal, Creator, TheFrugalista.com
PiTCH ME WiTH YOUR BEST SHOT: TURN YOUR iDEA iNTO NATiONAL
NEWS STORY #PRPITCH
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
This session offers a unique opportunity for freelancers, PR professionals, editors and reporters to come
together to pitch or be pitched potential story ideas. Similar to TV’s American Idol, PR professionals and
freelancers will have 45 seconds each to pitch their story, product or client to a panel of producers from
select media outlets. After each pitch, panelists will offer feedback and ways to improve, and note if they are
interested in pursuing the story. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of what it takes to
pitch successfully. The winner of the best pitch will receive a prize.
Presenters
Nekesa Moody, Global Entertainment Editor, The Associated Press
John Antonio, Deputy Director of Programming, CNN
Mitzi Miller, Editor-In-Chief, Jet Magazine
Kim Bardakian, Director of Communications, Cathedral of Christ the Light
Gabrielle M. Lee, Account Supervisor, Fleishman-Hilliard
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THE MOBiLE REVOLUTiON: HOW SMART PHONES AND TABLETS ARE
CHANGiNG THE WAY WE DO BUSiNESS #MOBILEREV
Powered by Gannett Foundation
Location: Oak Alley (3rd Floor)
Mobile phones and other portable devices are increasingly becoming the platforms of choice for a growing
number of targeted news media consumers. This workshop will show journalists the best leverage resources
and offer quality journalism to take full advantage of today’s smart technology – and even smarter newsroom
talent – to grow audience and revenue.
Presenters
Patty Michalski, Mobile Platform Manager, USA TODAY
Smokey Fontaine, Chief Content Offcer, Interactive One
Jodi Gersh, Social Media Strategist, Gannett Digital
Ericka Smith, Tech Columnist and Reporter, The Indianapolis Star
Matthew de Ganon, Vice President, Mobile Product and Operations, Gannett Digital
COVERiNG RACE iN THE 2012 ELECTiONS #RACEELEC
Location: versailles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Race will be a major factor in the 2012 presidential election – far more than it was in 2008. Well into the
reelection campaign of the frst African-American president, the gloves are off. In 2012, it will be more
important than ever for journalists to cover the racial aspects of the campaign fairly and accurately. This
session will offer editors, producers and reporters the necessary tools and information to generate good
campaign coverage.
Presenters
Jesse Washington, National Writer/Race and Ethnicity, The Associated Press
Kevin Merida, National Editor, The Washington Post
Michelle Jaconi, Executive Producer of CNN’s Cross Platform Programming Unit
AUTHORS SHOWCASE: HOW TO TURN A GOOD iDEA iNTO A MAJOR
BOOK DEAL #BOOKDEAL
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Melrose (3rd Floor)
Panelists discuss the nuts and bolts of transforming ideas and experiences into book projects worthy of
publication. Attendees also will learn about the publishing process and take home tips for making the
difference between acceptance and rejection.
Donna Britt, Author, Brothers (& Me)
Dawn Davis, Publisher & Vice President, HarperCollins
Allison Samuels, Author, What Would Michelle Do? A Modern-Day Guide To Living with Substance and Style
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THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE AND iTS EFFECT ON THE
AFRiCAN-AMERiCAN COMMUNiTY #WOMENSHEALTH #HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Location: Kabakoff (Riverside Conference Center)
The panel will focus on how the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act will affect access to
women’s health services —including coverage of preventive services, such as Pap tests, birth control and
cancer screenings.
Presenters
Michelle Miller, Correspondent, CBS News
Vanessa Cullins, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Vice President, External Medical Affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation
of America
Caya Lewis, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President & CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative
TALKiNG HEADS 101 #TALKHEAD
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
It’s no longer enough to be able to report. Today’s journalist must be ready to serve as an expert and provide
perspective, analysis and commentary on their work to the public via local and national media outlets. The
problem is, while they may be deft at interviewing, many print journalists have never learned how to give
good interviews for a broadcast audience. This session will offer tips for print journalists wading into the
world of radio and television interviews and serve as a crash course on communicating effectively from the
other side microphone.
Presenters
Talia Buford, Energy Reporter, Politico
Kelley Carter, Entertainment Reporter and Critic
Jamila Bey, Correspondent, Voice of Russia
Malena Cunningham, Media Trainer, Strategic Media Relations
MEETiNG THE CHALLENGE: MEAN AND LEAN iNVESTiGATiVE
REPORTiNG #MLREPT
Powered by Comcast|NBCUniversal
Location: Grand Salon B
This session focused on the new demands of investigative reporting will teach participants how to become
more innovative and creative, yet maintain the integrity of investigative reporting. It also will focus on telling
those long stories in less time. Branding for individuals and news organizations that extends beyond the
investigative reporting identity also will be explored.
Presenters
Harry Hairston, Anchor/Investigative Reporter, NBC 10 WCAU Philadelphia
Jessica Larche, Investigative Reporter, WTKR CBS
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BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN
LEADERSHiP ON THE GLOBAL STAGE #NABJLEAD
Powered by Marsh & McLennan Companies 
Location: Grand Salon A & B
Increasingly, today’s most successful leaders must demonstrate the consistent ability to operate comfortably
across different national, economic, cultural, and ethnic environments – inside and outside their organizations.
This panel will examine the growing demand for leaders and teams with strong intercultural aptitude,
highlighting the diversity of backgrounds and attributes most likely to contribute to a world of heightened
economic interdependence, global mobility and rapidly changing demographics. Attendees will hear from
senior executives with global leadership experience at Fortune 500 companies and colleagues from top news
organizations.
Moderator
Mara Schiavocampo, Correspondent, NBC News
Panelists
Orlando Ashford, Managing Partner, Mercer
Lee Hawkins, Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
Ronald C. Parker, Interim President and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council
Chris Simmons, Managing Partner, Washington, DC Region at PricewaterhouseCoopers
10:30 am – 11:30 am
TASK FORCE MEETiNGS
ARTS & ENTERTAiNMENT
Location: Melrose
DiGiTAL JOURNALiSM
Location: Rosedown
COPY EDiTORS
Location: Magnolia
LGBT
Location: Jasperwood
ASSOCiATE MEMBERS
Location: Elmwood
STUDENT MEMBERS
Location: Belle Chasse
GLOBAL JOURNALiSM
Location: Compass
BLACK PRESS
Location: Oak Alley
POLiTiCAL JOURNALiSM
Location: Kabakoff
YOUNG JOURNALiSTS
Location: Port
PRiNT TASK FORCE
Location: Napoleon
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BREAKiNG NEWS MOMENT
Allan C. Golston, President, United States Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
W.E.B DUBOiS PLENARY: BLACK, WHiTE, RED AND BLUE: ViEWS FROM
THE AFRiCAN AMERiCAN ELECTORATE iN THE BATTLEGROUND STATES
#NABJELECT
Location: Grand Ballroom
As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear ahead of the summer’s political
conventions, we’ll explore the issues which are at the forefront for African-American voters.
This panel of journalists and political analysts will assess the opinions of African Americans
on the economy, education, health care, and other key issues this election cycle.
Moderator
TJ Holmes, Host, BETNetworks
BREAKiNG NEWS MOMENT
Allan C. Golston, President, United States Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Panelists
Toure, Commentator, MSNBC, Fuse
Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Cornell Belcher, Pollster, Brilliant Corners
Sonya Ross, Editor, The Associated Press
NEWSMAKER PLENARY: REFLECTiONS FROM THE C-SUiTE: A CONVERSATiON
WiTH THE NATiON’S TOP MEDiA ExECUTiVES #NABJCSUITE
Location: Grand Salon A
The number of African-American journalists declined for the fourth consecutive year, according to the latest
newsroom census released this past spring by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Center
for Advanced Social Research (CASR). Newsroom diversity is just one priority news leaders must address,
as they work to innovative ways to cover news. Join a group of the nation’s top media executives for a wide
ranging discussion on the future of America’s newsrooms.
Moderator
Carole Simpson, Former Anchor, ABC News, Professor and Leader-In-Residence, Emerson College
Panelists
John Skipper, President, ESPN
Phil Griffn, President, MSNBC
Gracia C. Martore, President & CEO, Gannett
Margaret Low Smith, Sr. Vice President, NPR
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THE GAMiFiCATiON OF NEWS #GAMENEWS
Location: Jasperwood
Gamifcation is the act of applying the technology, look and feel of video games to a task or tool. It serves to
make education or the dissemination of information more fun. Gamifying the news may seem new but this
strategy has actually been around for some time. It just has not gone mainstream — yet. This panel of game
experts will share their experiences involving news gamifcation and discuss ways to make storytelling more
enjoyable for journalists and audiences.
Presenters
Latoya Peterson, Owner and Editor, Racialicious.com
Manuel “Mani” Saint-Victor, Founder, Marveloper Media
Scott Anderson, Co-founder and Lead Programmer, Enemy Airship
Andrew Humphrey, Meteorologist and Reporter, WDIV-TV Local 4
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
A WORKiNG JOURNALiST’S GUiDE: OBAMA ADMiNiSTRATiON iNSiDERS YOU
NEED TO KNOW #OJOURNO
Location: versailles
Whether you’re on deadline or considering an upcoming administration or political story, you will already be
behind the eight ball if you don’t know all or some of these listed government press offcials. Will you spend
your entire deadline time searching for an offcial response or quote, or will your contacts from this career-
enhancing session put you in line for an award-winning story? Hear directly from top administration offcials
on the current and looming headline issues.
Presenters
Maureen Bunyan, Anchor, WJLA-TV
Kevin Lewis, Director of African American Media, The White House
Anthony Coley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Daren Briscoe, Deputy Press Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Derrick Plummer, Press Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Adora Andy, Press Secretary, U.S. Department of Justice
DOiNG MORE WORK WiTH LESS TiME AND LESS MONEY #MOREW/LESS
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
The roles and responsibilities of traditional journalists and creators of new media content are merging.
Members of each group can learn from the other and this session seeks to join NABJ members from both
worlds. Journalists will learn about their day-to-day activities and how they are able to meet the insatiable
appetite today’s audiences have for content. This happens through using mobile and social media tools along
with an attention to time management.
Presenter
Stacy Morrow, Web Producer, KHOU-TV
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ENTERTAiNMENT FREELANCiNG 101 #ENTFREE
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
Top entertainment editors answer your questions about the golden pitch, how to get paid, how to become a
regular and more. Panelists will discuss and answer all of your burning questions about how to make a living
doing what you love and working for yourself in a niche that continues to grow.
Presenters
Kelley L. Carter, Freelance Entertainment Journalist
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Senior Editor, Ebony Magazine
Bob Meadows, Deputy Editor, Essence Magazine
Amy Elisa Keith, Living Editor, Glo.com
FROM THE PLAYiNG FiELD TO THE PRESS BOx #PLAYPRESS
Location: Oak Alley (3rd Floor)
Professional athletes are accustomed to answering – and sometimes dodging – the tough questions. What
is it like leaving the game and being on the other side – now being paid to publicly constructively criticize
others? This workshop features those who have made the switch.
Presenters
LaVar Arrington, Sports Radio Host, WJFK FM, former NFL Player
Jim Rice, Baseball Analyst, Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
LaChina Robinson, WNBA Analyst, NBA TV
Masai Ujiri, General Manager, Denver Nuggets
Michael Smith, Senior Writer, ESPN
THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE MAKiNG OF A
BESTSELLER #IWILKERSON
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Melrose
Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New York
Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns, shares what went into the making of the
epic book that brings to life one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th
Century—the mass migration of African Americans that reshaped modern America.
Presenter
isabel Wilkerson, Author, The Warmth of Other Suns
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3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
HEALTHY NABJ: STATE OF BLACK WOMEN’S HEALTH #WOMENSHEALTH
#HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company
Location: Elmwood
Living up to images of strong African-American women with iron backbones and Tefon feelings may be
causing some of the ailments disproportionately affecting women of color – heart disease, obesity, stress,
depression, diabetes, cancer, fbroid tumors, violence and preterm delivery. There are health crises plaguing
women of all colors, but certain illnesses affect African-American women more chronically. This panel
explores why black women bear the brunt of some diseases, illuminates facts about underreported health
challenges, such as suicide and eating disorders, and explains how making self-care a priority can help
families and communities overall.
Presenters
Cindy George, Health reporter, Houston Chronicle, Parliamentarian, National Association of Black Journalists
Michelle J. Stewart, Registered Dietitian, Founder, Michelle Stewart Consulting & Associates
Gayle Porter, Psy.D., Co-Director, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center
Dr. Marilyn H. Gaston, Co-Director, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center
A BRAND NEW GAME: 40 YEARS SiNCE TiTLE ix #TITLEIX
Location: Grand Salon A
Before 1970, women were essentially stonewalled in the sports world, even more so
than in some other facets of society. In 1972, Title IX came along and helped advance
women dramatically in the sports arena. In this panel, pioneers and benefciaries of Title
IX discuss the changing landscape as well as the obstacles that remain.
Presenters
Lisa Salters, Reporter, E:60, Correspondent, ESPN
Laurel Richie, President, WNBA
Graham Watson, Sports Blogs Editor, Yahoo!
Paula Madison, Owner, Los Angeles Sparks
iN THE WAKE OF NO CHiLD LEFT BEHiND, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
#NOCHILD
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
The Obama Administration has removed the teeth from No Child Left Behind, and education reform has been
stopped in its tracks, marred by cheating scandals in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, black children
are in need of an education. In this session, a distinguished panel of educators tackles the achievement gap in
elementary, middle, and high schools, discusses the gender gap on the campuses of historically black colleges
and universities, and offers solutions for what the African-American community can do to help its children.
Presenters
Rehema Ellis, Education Correspondent, NBC News
Kira Orange–Jones, Executive Director, Teach For America/Greater New Orleans; Member, State Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education
Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D., President, Dillard University
Tim Melton, National Legislative Director, StudentsFirst
Virgil Smith, Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Gannett
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6 pm – 7:30 pm
SPORTS PiONEER AWARDS CEREMONY
Powered By NFL, Fox Sports, NASCAR, NBA, NFL Players Association
Location: Grand Salon B
6 pm – 7:30 pm
RECEPTiONS
6 pm - 7 pm
NBC UPFRONT
Powered by NBC
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Join NBC as they present their Fall line-up. Invited guests include: Megan Good, Russell Hornsby, Giancarlo
Esposito, Tempest Bledsoe, Anthony Anderson, NeNe Leaks, Eamonn Walker.
Moderator
Kelley L. Carter, Freelance Entertainment Journalist
8 pm – 11 pm
NABJ FOUNDERS RECEPTiON #NABJFOUNDERS
Powered by U.S. Virgin Islands
Invitation Only
Location: Louisiana State Museum, 400 Esplanade Avenue
11 pm – 2 am
NABJ SPORTS TASK FORCE ANNUAL
SCHOLARSHiP JAM #NABJJAM
Powered by Disney Parks, Disney Sports, NASCAR, PGA, Shadow
Digital, Turner Sports
Location: House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street
Come out and enjoy music and dancing for a good cause at
this NABJ tradition. Proceeds from the party will beneft NABJ’s Larry
Whiteside Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships for
aspiring journalists. Proceeds also support general funds for NABJ and
the Sports Task Force. This event is hosted by New Orleans’ own
Michael Smith and Stan Verrett. DJ Limelight and a New Orleans-
based deejay will spin.
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7 am – 9 am
5K WALK/RUN #NABJ5K #HEALTHYNABJ
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company, Disney Parks
Location: Across the Street from the Hilton Riverside Hotel at the end of Poydras Street
Rise and shine for better health! Join NABJ as we continue our journey to a healthier community at our 7th
Annual 5K Walk/Run. Enjoy the company of NABJ members and guests as we make strides to healthier living,
all while taking in the invigorating culture and scenery of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
7:30 am – 10:15 am
NABJ BUSiNESS MEETiNG
Location: River Room (2nd Floor)
7:30 am - 8:30 am
CONTiNENTAL BREAKFAST DiSCUSSiON WiTH THE NABJ
BOARD OF DiRECTORS
8:30 am- 10:15 am
NABJ BUSiNESS MEETiNG
7:30 am – 2:30 pm
NABJ GOLF TOURNAMENT #NABJGOLF
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company, Clear Channel Communications, Disney Parks,
Dixon Golf, ESPN The
Magazine, Enterprise Holding Inc., FedEx Corporation, United Airlines
Location: Lakewood Golf Club, 4801 General DeGaulle Drive, New Orleans, La.
Hosted by Stan Verrett of ESPN and Professional Football Player Kordell Stewart
Each year, NABJ members and guests gather at a special location to enjoy
camaraderie with one another and a celebrity guest. This year the NABJ Celebrity
Golf Tournament will take place in the home of New Orleans’ frst PGA tournament
and the South’s premier golf destination – Lakewood Golf Club. The venue has
hosted the New Orleans Open 26 times, and a recent multi-million dollar renovation
has transformed it into a dramatic course with challenging fairways, tees and greens.
8 am – 12 pm
REGiSTRATiON & WELCOME CENTER #NABJCAREER
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
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9 am – 12 pm
CAREER FAiR & ExHiBiTiON
Location: Hilton Exhibition Center (2nd Floor)
NABJ AUTHORS SHOWCASE BOOKSTORE
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: Jefferson Ballroom (3rd Floor)
9 am – 5 pm
NABJ PRESS ROOM
Powered By CBS News, Business Wire
Location: Ellington & Winston
11 am – 3:30 pm
NABJ SHARES & CARES: DAY OF SERViCE #NABJSERVES
Powered By BP, The Home Depot Foundation, Rent-A-Center, The St. Bernard’s Project, United Airlines
11 am – 1 pm
NABJ READS BLOCK PARTY
Location: 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans La.
Calling all NABJ Convention attendees – bring a book to the convention!
NABJ is partnering with the New Orleans Public Library to collect books for New Orleans teens. We will
have an outdoor party for high school students across New Orleans. Our event will include a book drive,
live entertainment, and interaction with journalists and celebrities who will discuss the importance of
reading and writing.
2 pm – 3:30 pm
NABJ REBUiLDS
NABJ has partnered with the St. Bernard’s Project for an NABJ home makeover. NABJ has adopted several
families in the New Orleans area displaced after Hurricane Katrina, and work has begun on refurbishing
their homes. Join us on Saturday, June 23 at the dedication ceremony at one of these homes, as we offer
good wishes and welcome our adopted families into their living spaces.
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10:15 am – 11:30 am
iNTERACTiVE SESSiONS V
THE iNTERSECTiON OF PR AND TECHNOLOGY #PRTECH
Powered by Business Wire
Location: Jasperwood (3rd Floor)
As journalists embrace new media tools and shout their praises from rooftops, are PR pros listening? This
workshop will show attendees how to apply tools, including Tumblr, Storify and Brand Pages.
Presenters
Raschanda Hall, Global Media Relations Manager, Business Wire
Amanda Littlejohn, Social PR Strategist, Mopwater PR
Neal Scarbrough, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Comcast
Chris Boudy, Co-founder, New Orleans Tech
TRANSiTiONiNG TO A NATiONAL BEAT #NATLBEAT
Location: Belle Chasse (3rd Floor)
Whether you’re moving from a small town to Capitol Hill, transitioning from the state house to the campaign
trail or switching from local to national news, this session will help insure that you hit your new beat with
competence and confdence. This panel features reporters who have successfully made the transition from
local to national beats, who will share what they’ve learned on managing the work — and stress — that comes
with promotion.
Presenters
Lee Hawkins, Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
Steven Gray, Columnist and Contributing Editor, TheRoot.com
Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post
Corey Dade, National Correspondent, Digital News, National Public Radio
COMMUNiTY JOURNALiSM: HOW TO PRODUCE CONTENT iN YOUR OWN BACK
YARD USiNG NEW AGE TOOLS #COMMJOURN
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
A few years after major newspapers began shifting their focus toward covering communities, hyperlocal sites
began to grow and thrive. This workshop will teach journalists how to use blogs, user-generated content and
social networking tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, to get news delivered to hyperlocal sites and online
media — among them, Patch, The Huffngton Post and Black Voices.
Presenters
Camille Spencer, Local Editor, Carrollwood Patch, AOL Patch
Rodney Thrash, Local Editor, Canton-Sixes Patch, AOL Patch
Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, shades magazine
James A. Finch, News Director, WBRC-TV
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10:15 am – 11:30 am
NPR’S THE AUDiO CUT #AUDIOCUT
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
At a time when visuals and web design have become central to how journalists convey the day’s stories, this
session will show how the art of the audio cut is a foundation of multimedia reporting. Participants will learn
how to expand their reporting tool kits to include the use of audio sound and interviews to enhance other
media. Participants also will learn how to fnd the right voice (the guest, the quotes), how to focus on tone
and intonation rather than statistics and fgures. They also will learn how to use natural sound and music to
create a sense of place and think of audio as a visual medium.
Presenters
Jonathan Blakley, Producer, NPR
Walter Watson, Senior Producer, NPR
THE ART OF THE HUSTLE #HUSTLE
Location: Oak Alley (3rd Floor)
This fnancial seminar for young journalists just starting out is designed to offer a
reality check. Graduating is scary, but it’s even scarier when you don’t know the source
of your next dollar. Young journalists need to know how to work a side hustle and how
to invest early. They also need to know how to budget, how to invest and how to save.
This panel targets graduating seniors, unemployed young journalists and recently
employed graduates.
Presenters
Keith Reed, Senior Editor, ESPN The Magazine
Ashleigh L. Atwell, Student, Georgia State University
Marcus Vanderberg, Editor, Media Bistro
AUTHORS SHOWCASE: SELF PUBLiSHiNG #SELFPUB
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
This panel will outline what it takes to go solo in successfully launching a book project, with a heavy emphasis
on writing, editing, marketing in both the real and viral world of social media and e-publishing.
Presenters
Wayne Dawkins, Author, Rugged Waters
S. Renee Smith, Author, The Bridge to Your Brand
Deanna Burrell, Author, Single Girl Summer; Blogger, The Chicago Tribune
Lee May, Author, My God, My Politics
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10:15 am – 11:30 am
THE AWE-iNSPiRiNG LiFE OF AUTOMOTiVE JOURNALiSTS #AUTOJOURNOS
Powered by General Motors
Location: Elmwood
Are you brave enough to go from 0-100 mph in 4.1 seconds? Do you crave the adventures of visiting new
places, meeting fascinating people and test-driving hot new cars before they land in dealerships? Join some
of the automotive industry’s leading journalists and bloggers as they share their career adventures. Learn how
they travel the world pursuing their passion for cars. Discover what it takes to succeed as a car reviewer and
gain tips on how to establish yourself in the feld of automotive journalism.
Presenters
Dorothy Redmon, Freelance Writer
Marcus Amick, Automotive Blogger, Wheelside.com
Kimatni Rawlings, President and Publisher, Automotive Rhythms
BLACK FOLK DON’T LiVE iN DOWNTOWN ABBEY
Powered By National Black Programming Consortium
Location: Napoleon Ballroom (3rd Floor)
As Congress debates and haggles over where to cut and what to save, PBS is often in the cross hairs. To
truly serve the public, the public’s perception of PBS should be about more than Downtown Abbey and
Masterpiece Theater. Black Public Media will screen some of the innovative, provocative, socially relevant,
and entertaining contemporary content that it funds across all multiple platforms. The screening will be
followed by a panel discussion about increasing the pipeline for new content on public television and creating
more funding opportunities for news and documentary content inspired by the Black experience, in all of its
political, social, and ethnic diversity.
Presenter
Lisa Cortes, Co-producer, Precious
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iNTERACTiVE SESSiONS Vi
LUNCH: NO PLACE FOR KiDS: JUVENiLE iNCARCERATiON
AND MEDiA PORTRAYALS OF YOUTH #JUVJUSTICE
Powered by The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Location: Versailles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
The United States locks up children at approximately seven times the rate of
Great Britain and 18 times the rate of France. The human and fnancial costs of our
wholesale reliance on youth incarceration have been enormous. Studies repeatedly
show that putting large numbers of young people behind bars fails to reduce future
offending, provides little if any overall beneft to public safety, wastes taxpayer
dollars, and routinely exposes young people to violence and abuse in youth
correctional facilities. In addition, children of color are incarcerated at signifcantly
higher rates than white children. Much of this happens because of ineffective
and counterproductive policies and practices in juvenile systems. But what role
do the media play? This panel will examine media portrayals of youth, particularly youth of color, and what
journalists can do to foster accurate perceptions of children and the juvenile justice system
Moderator
Soledad O’Brien, Anchor, CNN
Panelists
Alan Jenkins, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda
Bart Lubow, Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Joe Davidson, Columnist, The Washington Post
COVERiNG WEALTH AND POVERTY #WEALPOV
Location: Jasperwood (3rd Floor)
American Public Media’s Marketplace launched its Wealth & Poverty Desk in February. This major new unit
includes an experienced and diverse group of two reporters, two producers and an editor who cover wealth,
poverty and the impact of the wealth gap. In this workshop, panelists will share experience and expertise.
Topic areas will include: making sense of complex economic concepts and data for audiences; turning the
numbers into human stories; handling wealth and poverty and election coverage; and how to focus on the
economic issues at stake.
Presenters
Shereen Marisol Meraji, Reporter, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
Celeste Wesson, Senior Editor, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
John Ketchum, Assistant Producer, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
Millicent Jefferson, Director, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
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11:45 am - 1 pm
UNPLUG FROM THE DAiLY GRiND AND PLUG iNTO YOUR FUTURE:
JOURNALiSM FELLOWSHiPS EMBRACiNG ENTREPRENEURSHiP, BRANDiNG
AND TECH TRAiNiNG #UNPLUG
Location: Belle Chasse (3rd Floor)
Working but restless? Need a jolt of creativity? Looking for a way to start the next chapter of your journalism
career? Then you are ready to apply for a journalism fellowship. It’s an opportunity wide open for talented
minority journalists – from those with a steady paycheck to freelancers, and from those working in small
newsrooms to large ones. For experienced journalists pondering the future, there’s nothing better than having
time to step away from the daily grind and think. A year-long journalism fellowship is a gift to yourself and a
chance for a professional meditation amid the tumult of an uncertain industry. Journalism fellowships provide
both a cerebral and practical experience inside classes at top universities, intimate dialogue and exchange
with colleagues from the United States and around the world, plus hands-on tech training to hone new media
skills.
Presenters
Lynette Clemetson, Director of Digital Content Strategy, Pew Charitable Trust
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Revolution Health, Everyday Health Inc.
Lynne K. Varner, Editorial Writer/Columnist, The Seattle Times
THE ART OF THE LiVE SHOT #LIVESHOT
Location: Magnolia (3rd Floor)
The ability to deliver a breaking story on a tight timeline, often with limited resources, is the backbone of
many a successful TV news career. This workshop features ideas and work samples from panelists, as well as
the audience, making for a mutually benefcial master class in a skill as fundamental as writing and research.
Veterans and “new-school” multimedia journalists will beneft.
Presenters
Beverly White, Reporter, KNBC
Mary Benton, Reporter, KPRC NBC2 Houston
Kendis Gibson, Anchor/Reporter, ABC7 News/WJLA
Kareem Wynter, Entertainment Correspondent, CNN
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11:45 am - 1 pm
NEW MEDiA, OLD PROBLEMS #MEDPROB
Location: Rosedown (3rd Floor)
There has been tremendous growth in the blogosphere and at traditional new
media sites, such as ESPN, Fox, Yahoo, and NBC-Comcast. Yet despite the vast
opportunities, the number of African-American sports journalists in new media
remains frighteningly low. The Big Lead and Deadspin have become immensely
popular sports pop culture sites, yet neither employs an African-American blogger.
Panelists will discuss the lack of diversity and the reasons behind it and the role
of content in the lack of diversity. The session also will offer solutions for hiring
companies and black journalists.
Presenters
Jemele Hill, Columnist/Television Personality, ESPN.com
AJ Daulerio, Editor-in-Chief, Gawker
Bomani Jones, Sports Personality, Contributor, SBNation.com and ESPN’s Around the Horn and
Jim Rome is Burning
Don Povia, Creator, HuggingHaroldReynolds.com
Graham Watson, Blog Contributor, Y! Sports
LEARNiNG THE LEGALiTiES AND LiABiLiTiES iN THE SOCiAL MEDiA
LANDSCAPE #SOCMEDLAW
Location: Oak Alley (3rd Floor)
This panel discussion will explore the delicate balance of not only reporting a story and getting an exclusive,
but also maneuvering the online landscape and avoiding potential legal landmines. The conversation is
particularly important as consumers receive their news in many different ways, and social media is becoming
more and more visible, and in turn, more valuable. Therefore, how do you assess the legal risks when
engaging in social media, and do you have effective strategies in place to protect your station’s digital
reputation – and more importantly, your own as a journalist?
Presenters
Johnita Due, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Diversity Advisor, CNN
Robin Hamilton, Correspondent, NewsPlus, The CW, Tribune
Steven Drummond, Senior National Editor, NPR
Joel Dreyfuss, Managing Editor, TheRoot.com
1 pm – 3 pm
ViSUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO AUCTiON #NABJPHOTO
Location: River Room
The Visual Task Force is comprised of visual journalists in still photojournalism, design and informational
graphics, broadcast photojournalism and visual leadership. Join the group for this annual NABJ tradition
as auctioneer Fred Sweets will takes bids for unique prints that will go to the highest bidders and
beneft NABJ scholarships.
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1 pm – 5 pm
NABJ FiLM FESTiVAL
1 pm – 5 pm
SPECiAL SCREENiNG AND RECEPTiON: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WiLD
Powered by News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers
Location: The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal Street, New Orleans, La.
Winner of the Sundance 2012 Grand Jury Prize as well as the Excellence in Cinematography Award,
BEASTS OFTHE SOUTHERN WILD is set in a forgotten but defant bayou community cut off from the rest
of the world by a sprawling levee where a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her
childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the
universe until a ferce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to
save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic
proportions.
1 pm – 3 pm
SPECiAL SCREENiNG: TV LAND’S SOUL MAN
Powered by TV Land 
Location: Napoleon Ballroom
TV Land is giving one of the original “Kings of Comedy” his own sitcom!
Laugh-out-loud comedians Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash star
in the network’s newest original series, “The Soul Man”.
“The Soul Man” revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend
Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (played by Cedric) who was living the high
life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he gets the calling to go from soul singer to soul saver.
Relocating to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and his daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole) to take over the
preaching duties in his father’s church, his family is not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for
a humble one. Join Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash, producer, Stan Lathan , and TV Land President Larry
W. Jones for a special screening and Q & A session.
Moderator
Alicia Quarles, E! News
2 pm – 5 pm
SPECiAL SCREENiNG: SPiKE LEE’S RED HOOK SUMMER
Location: Theatres at Canal Place
Spike Lee spent 19 days last summer quietly flming his latest movie set in the
Red Hook Houses, piecing together a boy’s adventures in Brooklyn’s biggest
public housing project. Hollywood reviewers slammed Red Hook Summer at the
Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in Park City, Utah, for painting too rosy
a picture of life in the sprawling urban complex. But Red Hook residents say Lee
did the right thing in his portrayal of their home, which they say is in the midst
of a renaissance.
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3 pm – 5 pm
SPECiAL SCREENiNG: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Location: Napoleon Ballroom
Winner of the Best Director Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Middle of Nowhere” marks the
frst-time a black woman garnered the festival’s top directorial prize. Starring David Oyelowo (Red Tails),
Omari Hardwick (Sparkle) and newcomer Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere” chronicles a woman
caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. Writer/director Ava DuVernay will be in
attendance.
2 pm – 3 pm
SPORTS TASK FORCE MEETiNG
Location: Compass
4 pm – 5:30 pm
AAJA J-CAMP RECEPTiON
Location: The Deck
6 pm – 9 pm
2012 NABJ SALUTE TO ExCELLENCE AWARDS GALA #NABJSALUTES
Powered By BP, FedEx Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Prudential Financial Inc.
Hosted by Michelle Miller, CBS, and Stan Verrett, ESPN
Location: Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)
Celebrate with us at “A Night of Decadence!” The Salute to Excellence Gala is NABJ’s annual tribute to the
media industry’s cream of the crop for their work in journalism. This year’s Salute to Excellence hosts are
veteran journalists Michelle Miller of CBS News and Stan Verrett of ESPN.
We will honor our most talented and brightest stars, including: Pierre Thomas of ABC News, Journalist of the
Year; DeWayne Wickham USA TODAY and Gannett, Lifetime Achievement Award; Monica Pearson of WSB-TV
(Atlanta), Legacy Award; Gerick Kennedy of The Los Angeles Times, Emerging Journalist Award Winner; and
TV-One’s Find Our Missing, Best Practices Award.
10 pm – 2 am
ORLANDO KiCK-OFF PARTY AND DESSERT RECEPTiON
Powered by Disney Parks
Location: Grand Ballroom
Join the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists as they get the party started for the 2013 Convention
in Orlando, immediately following the Salute to Excellence Gala. Enjoy good music, good desserts, and good
times as we say goodbye to New Orleans and hello to Orlando!
DAILY SCHEDULE
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8 am – 10 am
NABJ GOSPEL BRUNCH #NABJGOSPEL
Location: Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)
Powered by BP, The Coca Cola Company, The Home Depot Foundation
Hosted By Sally-Ann Roberts, WWL-TV, New Orleans
From Marvin Sapp to CeCe Winans and Kirk Franklin, the list of
heavyweights who have performed at the AnnualNABJ Gospel Brunch
is impressive. This year’s brunch buffet to live music features a feast of artists, including
Earnest Pugh and Micah Stampley as we close out the 2012 Convention & Career Fair.
10 am – 12 pm
NABJ BOARD OF DiRECTOR’S MEETiNG
Location: River Room
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AARP
Booth: 312
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
888-687-2277
www.aarp.org
ABC 7/NewsChannel 8,
Allbritton Communications
Booth: 208
1100 Wilson Boulevard 6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
(703)236-9552
www.tbd.com
The Africa Channel
Booth: 400
5200 Lankershim Boulevard,
Suite 750
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818)655-9977
www.theafricachannel.com
American Public Media
Booth: 606
480 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651)290-1096
www.americanpublicmedia.org
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Booth: 311
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)547-6600
www.aecf.org
BET Networks
Booth: 303
1235 W Street NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202)608-2000
www.bet.com
Bloomberg
Booth: 107
731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10467
(212)318-2000
www.careers.bloomberg.com
The Boston Globe
Booth: 111
620 Eighth Avenue 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
(617)929-3020
www.nytco.com
Boston University College of
Communications
Booth: 705
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02467
(617)353-3450
www.bu.edu/com
Broadcasting Board of Governors
- Voice of America
Booth: 702
3300 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20237
(202)382-7500
www.bbg.gov
Capitol Broadcasting Company,
WRAL-TV
Booth: 603
2619 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919)890-6008
www.cbc-raleigh.com
CBS News
Booth: 103
524 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212)975-4157
www.cbsnews.com
Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism
Booth: 707
2950 Broadway Room 203
New York, NY 10027
(212)854-8608
www.journalism.columbia.edu
Comcast/NBCUniversal
Booth: 300
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
(212)664-6199
www.nbcunicareers.com
Cox Media Group
Booth: 102
6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30328
(678)645-4041
www.coxinc.com
CQ Roll Call
Booth: 114
77 K Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202)650-6500
www.cqrollcall.com
CUNY Graduate School of
Journalism
Booth: 714
219 W. 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
(646)758-7700
www.journalism.cuny.edu
The Detroit News
Booth: 112
615 West Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit, Mi 48226
(313)222-2429
www.detnews.com
Disney ABC Television Group
Booth: 508
77 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212)456-7777
www.6abc.com
Dispatch Broadcast Group
Booth: 206
770 Twin Rivers Drive
Columbus, OH 43215
(614)460-2874
www.dispatchbroadcast.com
Dow Jones News Fund, inc.
Booth: 505
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 8543
(609)452-2820
www.newspaperfund.org
ESPN
Booth: 500
1 ESPN Plaza
Bristol, CT 6010
(860)766-2000
www.espn.com
The EW Scripps Company
Booth: 514
312 Walnut Street,
Suite 2800
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513)977-5157
www.scripps.com
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Gail’s Accessories
Booth: 607
7537 S. Bocage Ct.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225)928-0995
Gannett Co., inc.
Booth: 108
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107
(703)854-6000
www.gannett.com
General Motors
Booth: 104
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48265
(716)512-1536
www.gm.com
GMC Network
Booth: 512
1514 E. Cleveland Avenue
Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30458
www.watchgmctv.com
Google
Booth: 601
76 Ninth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
(650)253-0000
www.google.com
Greater Birmingham Convention
and Visitor Bureau
Booth: 414
2200 Ninth Avenue, North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205)458-8000
www.inbirminghamal.com
Hearst Television inc.
Booth: 202
300 W. 57th Street Floor 30
New York, NY 10019
(212)887-6800
www.hearsttelevision.com
Lilly
Booth: 308
Lilly Corporate Center
Indianapolis, IN 46285
(850)224-0174
www.lilly.com
LiN Media
Booth: 509
One West Exchange Street
Suite 5A
Providence, RI
(401)454-2880
www.linmedia.com
Los Angeles Times/Chicago
Tribune
Booth: 115
202 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213)237-6737
www.latimes.com
The McClatchy Company
Booth: 113
13102 Tamarack Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(916)321-1855
www.mcclatchy.com
Medill/ Northwestern University
Booth: 701
1845 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847)467-1238
www.medill.northwestern.edu
Miss Jessie’s
Booth: 609
401 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212)343-8233
www.missjessies.com
NABJ C.A.R.E.S/
JournalismNext.com
Booth: 313
P.O. Box 60496
Pasadena, CA 91116
(626)792-3846
www.journalismnext.com
New England Sports Network
(NESN)
Booth: 404
480 Arsenal Street Bldg. 1
Watertown, MA
(617)536-9233
www.nesn.com
New York Public Radio
Booth: 608
160 Varick Street 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(646)829-4043
www.wnyc.org
The Newhouse School,
Syracuse University
Booth: 713
215 University Place, Room 301
Syracuse, NY
(315)443-4493
www.newhouse.syr.edu
News Corporation
Booth: 501
1185 Avenue of the Americas
Floor 22
New York, NY 10036
(212)852-7000
www.newscorp.com
Newseum/Freedom Forum
Diversity institute
Booth: 610
555 Pennsylvania Avenue
Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202)292-6100
www.freedomforumdiversity.org
Nielsen
Booth: 513
200 Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60606
(312)385-6504
www.nielsen.com
NPR
Booth: 600
635 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202)513-2950
www.npr.org
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Patch
Booth: 305
584 Broadway, Suite 808
New York, NY 10012
(212)274-2248
www.patch.com
Post - Newsweek Stations
Booth: 406
550 W. Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226
(313)223-2283
Raycom Media
Booth: 410
201 Monroe Street, 20th Floor
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334)206-1507
www.raycommedia.com
Rent-A-Center
Booth: 708
5501 Headquarters Drive
Plano, TX 75024
(972)801-1815
www.rentacenter.com
SAG-AFTRA
Booth: 413
5757 Wilshire Boulevard,
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323)634-8298
www.aftra.com
Seattle Times
Booth: 116
P.O. Box 70
Seattle, WA 98111
(206)464-8136
www.seattletimes.com
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Booth: 408
10706 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
(410)568-1517
www.sbgi.net
Soul of the South Network
(SSN-TV)
Booth: 309
www.ssn.tv
(818)242-3780
Talent Dynamics
Booth: 307
600 E. Las Colinas Boulevard
Suite 100
Irving, TX 75039
(214)640-3139
www.talentdynamics.com
Thomson Reuters
Booth: 604
1333 H Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
(202)354-5866
www.thomsonreuters.com
Time Warner Cable
Booth: 511
7820 Crescent Executive Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704)206-2238
www.timewarnercable.com
The Times-Picayune
Booth: 212
3800 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504)826-3382
www.timespicayune.com
U.S. Department of State
Booth: 605
2401 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20522
(202)261-8888
www.careers.state.gov
UC Berkeley Graduate School
of Journalism
Booth: 613
121 North Gate Hall #5860
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510)643-7928
www.journalism.berkeley.edu
United States Marines
Booth: 314
One Metro Tech Center, 11th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212)219-7268
www.marines.com
University of Florida College of
Journalism and Communications
Booth: 703
1080 Weimer Hall, P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352)392-0289
www.jou.uf.edu/knight
USC Annenberg School for
Communication
Booth: 612
3502 Watt Way Suite 140
Los Angeles, CA
(213)821-0770
www.annenberg.usc.edu
The Villiage Celebration
Booth: 704
600 Corporate Park Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314)262-9753
www.thevillagecelebration.com
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Booth: 700
One Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49014
(269)969-2148
www.wkkf.org
The Wall Street Journal
Booth: 507
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212)416-2000
www.dowjones.com
The Washington Post
Booth: 109
1150 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20071
(202)334-6000
www.washingtonpost.com
Promoting Diversity
in the Nation’s Newsrooms
Freedom Forum Diversity Institute programs enhance journalism
skills and encourage increased diversity in newsrooms across
the United States. Apply now at freedomforumdiversity.org.
Jack Marsh
President and Chief Operating Offcer
Freedom Forum Diversity Institute
703/966-6615
jmarsh@freedomforum.org
Val Hoeppner
Education Director
Freedom Forum Diversity Institute
615/727-1410
vhoeppner@freedomforum.org
Karen Catone
Program Director
Freedom Forum Diversity Institute
202/292-6271
kcatone@freedomforum.org
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SEED WINNERS
SCHOLARSHiP PROGRAM
Annually, NABJ awards deserving students interested
in pursuing a career in journalism awards of more
than $100,000 in NABJ scholarships. Scholarships
are open to any foreign or American born students,
currently attending an accredited four-year college/
university in the U.S. or those who are candidates for
graduate school.
iNTERNSHiP PROGRAM
NABJ is dedicated to expanding job opportunities
for black journalism students. NABJ annually awards
summer internships to students committed to
journalism careers. Successful candidates are offered
print, broadcast or on-line positions at selected news
organizations around the country ranging from small
Black-owned weekly newspapers to major market
dailies and broadcast outlets.
STUDENT MULTiMEDiA SHORT
COURSES
NABJ offers print and broadcast short course to
journalism students on the campuses of historically
black colleges or on college campuses with a large
African-American student enrollment.
The short courses are taught by teams of
professional journalists who provide students with
information about careers in the industry, training
in writing, reporting and editing, and tips on job
interviews and landing the frst job or internship.
SPORTS JOURNALiSM iNSTiTUTE
The Sports Journalism Institute is a nine-week
training and internship program for college students
interested in sports journalism careers. The Institute
is designed to attract talented students to print
journalism through opportunities in sports reporting
and editing and to enhance racial and gender
diversity in sports departments of newspapers
nationwide.
STUDENT CAREER MENTORiNG
PROGRAM
The NABJ Career Mentoring Program matches
students and new professionals with dedicated
members wanting to ensure that the next generation
of black journalists thrives in the newsroom.
This yearlong process will help young journalists
understand the proper protocol and the culture of
the newsroom. It will also give them the chance to
listen to people who have already gone through what
they will have to face and that can help guide them
through the proper channels for their professional
expectations.
A new mentor program will be coming soon. In
the meantime, student members are encouraged
to access the NABJ member database to reach
out to professional members. You can search for
members by area, company, and job title. We
encourage students to send introductory emails
to members stating your name, school, and what
specifc questions you have about career paths or the
journalism industry.
STUDENT PROJECTS
The NABJ Student Multimedia Project offers a
cross-platform training experience for full-time
undergraduate and graduate students who are
interested in pursuing journalism or public relations
as a career. Students work as a team alongside
experienced professionals who work for newspapers,
television, radio and online news organizations across
the country.
2012 STUDENT MULTiMEDiA PROJECT
PARTiCiPANTS
SEED Chair: Demorris Lee, St. Petersburg Times
Student Multimedia Project Manager: Sarah Hoye,
CNN
As part of its commitment to our student members and aspiring journalists,
NABJ provides the following as part of its Student Education Enrichment and
Development (SEED) Program.
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MENTOR TEAM LEADERS
Denise James, Temple University/
Denise James Media
Michelle Johnson, Boston University
Delano Massey, Lexington Herald-Leader
Ken McFarlin, The New York Times
Akili Ramsess, Orlando Sentinel
Rashida Rawls, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
PUBLiC RELATiONS TEAM LEADERS
Michael Douglas, Independent Journalist
Raschanda Hall, Business Wire
Christopher Nelson, Freelance Journalist
Aprill O. Turner, NABJ/Morgan State University
Denise Ward, Miller & Coors
Marc Willis, U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
MENTORS
Meredith Clark, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill
Allison Davis, NABJ Founder,
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Stan Donaldson, The Plain Dealer
Jennifer Dronkers, The Poynter Institute
Steven Gray, Independent Journalist
Andale Gross, The Associated Press
Ken-Yon Hardy, Cox Media Group
Marshall Latimore, Gannett Company
Janell Lewis, NBC 7 San Diego
Kimberly Mitchell, Detroit Free Press
Sia Nyorkor, Gainesville Television Network
Rashaun Rucker, Detroit Free Press
Ingrid Sturgis, Howard University
Stacie Williams, Harvard University
Anthony Wilson, WTVD-TV
STUDENTS
Donnalyn Anthony, Miami Dade College
Briana Barner, Bennett College
Shaquille Brewster, Howard University
Azania Briggs, Grambling State University
Johnny Ubri-Cardona, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Jasmine Cogdell, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Bernita Cooper, Clafin University
Bartees Cox, Jr., University of Oklahoma
Christina Downs, Howard University
Lance Dixon, Senior, Morehouse College
Marissa Evans, Marquette University
Tony Evans, Clark Atlanta University
Faran Foy, Texas Southern University
Regina Graham, University of Southern California
Ashley Griffn, University of California Berkeley
Monica Guerra, San Francisco State University
Averi Harper, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Kenneth Hawkins, North Carolina
A&T State University
Roddrick Howell, North Carolina Central University
Odochi Ibe, Howard University
Beatrice Katcher, Wayne State University
Brooke Kelly, Jackson State University
Brent Lewis, Columbia College Chicago
Derrick Lewis, Temple University
Justin Madden, Grambling State University
Kelcie McCrae, North Carolina A&T State University
Sylvia Obell, North Carolina A&T State University
Shanima Parker, Bennett College
Fadia Patterson, Middle Tennessee State University
Shena Penn, Wayne State University
Jeannette Reyes, Kent State University
Ameena Rasheed, Texas Southern University
Alexis Sanchez, Northwestern University
Quintavious Shephard,
Savannah College of Art & Design
Clayton Smith, Henry Ford Community College
Rahel Solomon, Northwestern University
Matthew Vann, Columbia University
Jewell Washington, Roosevelt University
Corey Walker, Western Illinois University
Tiffany Williams, Michigan State University
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NABJ HiGH SCHOOL WORKSHOP
(JSHOP)
The NABJ High School Workshop (JSHOP) is an
annual high school journalism workshop held in
the host city of the National Association of Black
Journalists’ Convention and Career Fair. Under a
mentor-rich oversight experience, the JSHOP’s goal
is to provide an enlightening, informative, hands-
on, and challenging introduction of the journalism
profession to a multi-cultural mix of New Orleans-
area high school students. By the conclusion of
the workshop, participants will also leave with a
portfolio of professionally-developed media products
(stories, blogs, photographs, video clips) and a
strong foundation with which to possibly pursue
journalism at their high schools in college and/or as a
profession.
NABJ MENTORS
Chair: Russell LaCour, Copyeditor, Tulsa World, OK
WORKSHOP CO-CHAiRS
Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel
(Local Coordinator), Journalism Professor,
Xavier University, LA
Reginald W. Ragland
Lead Instructor and Workshop Curriculum
Coordinator, Scholastic Media Advocate and Adjunct
Professor, American University, Washington, D.C.
CORE iNSTRUCTORS
Eva Coleman, Executive Producer, Frisco
Independent School District, Frisco, TX
Sandra “Sam” Combs, Assistant Journalism Professor,
Arkansas State University;
Arnold Crump, Journalism Professor, Xavier
University of LA
Brenda Edgerton-Webster, Journalism Professor,
Xavier University
Adriian Gardner, Journalism Professor, University of
Central Arkansas
Janice Haynes, Journalism Professor,
Xavier University
Dana Littlefeld, San Diego Union Tribune, CA
Melinda Shelton, Journalism Professor,
Xavier University
Terrence Thames, President, Advance Media
Productions & Broadcast Instructor, University of
Iowa Summer Journalism Workshop
PROGRAM COORDiNATiNG
iNSTRUCTORS
Dorothy Gilliam
Founder & Director, Prime Movers Media, DC
Linda Shockley
Deputy Director, Dow Jones News Fund, NJ
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During this picture-perfect evening, you’ll have a chance to:
• Network with chairman Rod Hicks
• mingle with Marsha Ambrosius, singer/songwriter and Philly 360°® creative Ambassador,
and philadelphia musician Jef Bradshaw
• savor the favors of complimentary New orleans-inspired food and drinks
• PLUS: channel your artistic side by helping to paint philly’s next larger-than-life mural,
this one dedicated to the legendary hip-hop band The Roots
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June 21, 2012
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DeWayne Wickham, a founder and past president
of NABJ is the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient, one of the organization’s highest honors.
In addition to being a founding member of NABJ,
the current USA Today columnist also founded the
Association of Black Media Workers, the NABJ chapter
in Baltimore. He assisted in the creation of professional
chapters in both Greensboro, N.C., and Norfolk, Va.
Wickham also founded NABJ student chapters at Delaware State University
and North Carolina A&T State University, the latter at which he currently
serves as distinguished professor of journalism and interim chair of the
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Wickham began his journalism career in 1973 as a weekend intern with
Baltimore’s Evening Sun, while majoring in journalism at the University of
Maryland. He has worked as a copy editing intern at the Richmond Times-
Dispatch; a Capitol Hill correspondent for U.S. News & World Report; a
reporter for The (Baltimore) Sun, and Washington correspondent for Black
Enterprise magazine. He later worked as a commentator for CBS News
appearing on various programs.
Wickham is also a founder of the Trotter Group, a group of African
American opinion writers who has met with presidents Clinton and Obama,
and traveled to Cuba and the Caribbean to report on conditions there.
LIFETIME ACHIEvEMENT AWARD
DEWAyNE WICKHAM
USA TODAy
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LIFETIME ACHIEvEMENT AWARD
MONICA PEARSON
WSB-TV
NABJ is proud to salute veteran broadcast journalist
Monica Pearson with its 2012 Legacy Award.
Pearson is the longest-running anchor in the Atlanta
market, working through seven presidencies and six
Georgia governors as the state nearly doubled in size.
For 37 years, she has served as an anchor at WSB-
TV (Atlanta), where she presently co-anchors the 4
pm and 6 pm newscasts. Pearson was one of the frst
African-American women ever named as a primary
evening co-anchor and anchored the 6 pm and 11 pm newscasts from 1975
until she ended her more than 30-year run as she launched the station’s
4 pm show last fall. She is one of the most honored and most watched
anchors in Atlanta, and a role model for generations of journalists of all
races and creeds who have come after her.
Pearson recently announced her plans to retire, with her last day anchoring
on Wednesday, July 25. Pearson was recently honored by the Atlanta City
Council at City Hall in recognition of her upcoming retirement.
Pearson has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her
career including 30 local and Southern Regional EMMY Awards. She was
named “Broadcaster of the Year” at the DiGamma Kappa Broadcast Pioneer
Award Dinner at the University of Georgia for the Henry W. Grady College
of Journalism and Mass Communications.
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NABJ honors Pierre Thomas, Senior Justice
Correspondent for ABC News as the 2012 Journalist of
the Year, an award that recognizes signature reporting
from the previous year.
Thomas and his team lead ABC’s coverage of
many of last year’s tops stories. Last January, when
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others
were shot in Tucson, Ariz., Thomas was among the
frst people giving details about what happened-
emphasizing the seriousness of the incident, noting that some people
died at the scene and that Giffords had been shot at point-blank range.
He reported the facts and helped keep ABC News from reporting that the
congresswoman was dead, which some outlets did in error.
Thomas was the very frst person in the news division to tell his colleagues
that the reason the President of the United States was holding a hastily
arranged press conference on a Sunday night was that mass murdering
terrorist Osama Bin Laden had been captured and killed. Throughout
the week, Thomas broke news, including two exclusives with fascinating
specifcs on what they found in Osama Bin Laden’s compound.
Thomas joined the network in November 2000 and reports for “World
News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and other
ABC News programs.
He earned a Peabody, Alfred I. DuPont Award, and Emmy Awards for
his contributions to ABC’s coverage of 9-11, and another Emmy for his
contributions to the network’s coverage of the inauguration of President
Barack Obama. In 2011 the Houston Association of Black Journalists
honored him with its Pinnacle Award.
Earlier he served as CNN Justice Department correspondent and held
several reporting positions with the Washington Post.
2012 JOuRNALIST OF THE yEAR
PIERRE THOMAS
ABC NEWS
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For information and entry forms, visit livawards.org
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JUDGES: Christiane Amanpour, CBE, ABC News and
CNN; Ken Auletta, the New Yorker; Dean Baquet,
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Ellen Goodman, author and columnist; John F. Harris,
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Fellows meet for seminars led by experts in
journalism, business, politics, culture, education
and economics. Past speakers include
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Kroft, and Michele Norris. Fellows go on news
tours in Istanbul, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires.
To apply, visit kwfellows.org or email
kwfellows@umich.edu.
Serving as headquarters is the Mike and Mary
Wallace House, a graceful, spacious home, given to
the U-M by the late CBS newsman and his wife.
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EDuCATOR OF THE yEAR AWARD
ALLISSA RICHARDSON
MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITy
NABJ salutes Allissa Richardson with the 2012
Journalism Educator of the Year Award.
Richardson is an assistant professor of communication
studies and coordinator of the journalism program
at Morgan State University. She is an award-winning
journalist who empowers her students to tell stories
and speak truth to power using new media. Most
recently, the Knight Foundation’s Institute for
Interactive Journalism awarded her a $25,000 grant
to create a cutting-edge mobile journalism (MOJO) lab at the university.
All MOJO students are learning to report using only Apple iPhones and
iPads. Richardson has also authored two ebooks: “Facebook for College
Professors” and “Twitter for College Professors.”
Richardson has appeared on NPR twice to discuss her project. She also
created a traveling iPod storytelling workshop series for Slavery by Another
Name, a PBS documentary flm that aired nationally in February. Richardson
toured the country to offer professional-development workshops to
educators, teaching them how to use the sounds and sights from the flm to
make multimedia slideshows using only the iPod. Additionally, Richardson
has taught her unique brand of iPod journalism to students in nearly a
dozen cities in Africa. In June 2011, she traveled to South Africa to teach
10 HIV-positive girls how to report using the iPod. Later that year, she was
invited to train 40 Muslim girls in Morocco these valuable skills.
Richardson’s work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the Examiner
newspaper, and on Baltimoresun.com. She earned the Weinstein-Luby
Outstanding Young Journalist Award in 2002, and the Freedom Forum’s
Chips Quinn Scholars award that same year.
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NABJ is happy to honor Eric Burse with the 2012
Student Journalist of the Year Award.
Burse is a student at the University of Southern
California’s (USC) Annenberg School for
Communication and Journalism, studying broadcast
and digital journalism and political science.
Burse has served on the staff of USC’s Daily Trojan as
a photographer and he eventually moved to the role
of entertainment beat reporter establishing “J. Eric’s
Entertainment Buzz Report,” which ran twice weekly. He also worked at
USC’s Annenberg TV News station as a studio technician, assignment desk
editor and, most recently, as an on-air multimedia journalist. In November
2011, Eric covered the trial and conviction of Michael Jackson’s doctor
Conrad Murray at the L.A. Superior Courthouse and the opening of the
Martin King memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Burse is an active member and a scholarship recipient from the National
Association of Black Journalists. He has participated in the student projects
workshop at the NABJ national convention twice. He is also active in the
Black Journalists Association of Southern California. He interned at CNBC’s
Los Angeles bureau in 2011 and currently interns at the NBC Burbank
bureau where he gains experience with the Today Show, Nightly News with
Brian Williams and Dateline.
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EMERGING JOuRNALIST OF THE yEAR AWARD
GERRICK KENNEDy
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NABJ honors the Los Angeles Times’ Gerrick Kennedy
as this year’s Emerging Journalist of the Year Award
recipient.
A “NABJ Baby,” Kennedy is now an award-winning
journalist and blogger. He began at the Los Angeles
Times in 2009 as an intern and contributed to both
the metro and online entertainment teams as part of
the paper’s Metpro training program. He is currently
a music reporter for the paper where he covers pop,
R&B/soul and hip-hop. He has interviewed some of music’s biggest stars
including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Brandy, Monica, Drake, Mary J. Blige, Kelly
Clarkson, Usher, Rodney Jerkins, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Kennedy also
contributed greatly to the
An Ohio native, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from The
Ohio State University, where he served as the editor, managing editor and
Arts & Life editor of The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper. Kennedy was
also a founding member of the campus chapter of the National Association
of Black Journalists.
His prior honors include the Joseph S. Meyers award in journalism in 2008
and the Robert F. Wolfe journalism merit award in 2009. In addition, he
won best college featuring writing by the Ohio Society of Professional
Journalists in 2009 for his reporting on efforts in New Orleans to rebuild the
city’s education system following Hurricane Katrina.
The Executive Leadership
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of current and former
African-American CEOs
and senior executives at
Fortune 500 and equivalent
companies. Our programs
develop future business
leaders, flling the pipeline
from the classroom to the
boardroom. For more
information about
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NABJ Honors Albert Knighten with its 2012 Community
Service Award.
Knighten is a 20-year retired U.S. Navy air traffc
controller, and a native of Fort Myers, Fla. While in the
military, he would use his leave time to approach local
radio stations managers in Fort Myers about ways to
create programs for the black community. Knighten
even went to the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) offces to seek information about starting a
black-oriented community radio station.
Knighten 44, vowed to himself and to the Fort Myers community that
if there wasn’t a local radio station catering to the mostly black Dunbar
Community in Fort Myers by the time he retired from the Navy that he
would start one himself. In 2005, he made good on his promise by starting
the Dunbar Community Radio (DCR) at 107.5 FM, a 100-watt station with a
10-mile radius.
The station operated under the radar of the mainstream community until a
controversial discussion led to a county code enforcement. The station was
operating without a license and the police and the FCC arrested Knighten
and seized his equipment in December 2011, charging him with operating
a station without a license. All charges against him were resolved in early
2012. Knighten hopes to get back on air in the near future and plans to
petition the have his equipment returned.
Congress passed the Local Community Act of 2010, which cleared the way
for the expansion of low-power, non-commercial FM radio stations confned
to small communities and rural areas, with a transmitter power limited to
100 watts reaching three to fve miles.
The FCC will be issuing licenses for community radio stations beginning in
the fall of 2012. Knighten will apply for an FCC license to get back on the
airwaves so he can continue to serve his community.
COMMuNITy SERvICE AWARD
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NABJ honors TV One’s groundbreaking original
series,”Find Our Missing,” with its annual Best Practices
Award.
The Best Practices Award is given to a news
organization for exemplary work in covering issues
of great signifcance to the black community or the
African Diaspora. “Finding Our Missing” fts the bill.
Hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson, the show is an hour-
long, docu-drama series that puts names and faces to
people of color -- young and old -- who have disappeared without a trace.
Each riveting episode features a dramatic and emotional tale that places
the viewer within the lives of the missing person, along with refecting the
pain of their loved ones, while confronting dead ends at every turn.
From the moment of their disappearance, the story back tracks to learn
about the missing person from the people who knew them best – who they
were, what made them tick and how they touched those around them. With
each break’s cliffhanger and each new twist unearthed, viewers will be more
than just engrossed in the story being told; they will want to help solve the
case.
Though blacks comprise only 14 percent of the total U.S. population, they
account for nearly 40 percent of all reported missing persons cases.
At the end of each episode Merkerson signs off by saying, “Be safe and
keep an eye out,” a reminder to be aware, be responsible, and be involved in
being part of the solution.
NABJ salutes TV One for this bold series and for venturing to tell the stories
that would otherwise go untold.
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PAT TOBIN MEDIA PROFESSIONAL AWARD
JANET ROLLé
CNN
NABJ salutes Janet Rollé, Executive Vice President and Chief
Marketing Offcer for CNN Worldwide, as its 2012 Pat Tobin
Media Professional Award Recipient. The award recognizes a
public relations, advertising, or marketing professional that
has had a distinctive impact in the media realm, which has
resulted in positive media coverage of the black community,
thus improving the media landscape.
Rollé oversees the positioning and promotion of CNN’s
multiple networks and services, including CNN, CNN.com,
CNN International, HLN, CNN.com/Live, CNN Mobile and all
other CNN services.
She joined CNN in April 2011 from BET Networks, where as executive vice president
and chief marketing offcer she led brand strategy and marketing efforts, including
on-air promotions, off-channel and digital marketing, affliate and trade marketing.
In her fnal months as chief marketing offcer of BET, Rollé helped the network
make cable history with the premiere of the networks history-making scripted
series, “The Game,” the highest-rated original sitcom in cable history.
Additionally, Rollé directed a redesign of the BET network on air, and
comprehensive, multi-platform marketing campaigns for the brand’s signature
programs, including, the BET
Honors and the BET Awards, for which BET received multiple Promax/BDA Awards.
Advertising Age magazine named her one of “10 Who Made Their Mark” in 2010 for
her noteworthy brand development work at BET.
Before joining BET Networks, Rollé worked at AOL as Vice President and General
Manger of AOL Black Voices and AOL Women’s and Lifestyle Programming from
2005-2007. In this role, she oversaw editorial programming for AOL Black Voices
and the 10 websites in the lifestyle category.
From 2000-2005, Rollé worked at MTV Networks as the vice president of
programming enterprises and business development for VH1 and CMT. She began
her business career at HBO, where she spent nearly 10 years, eventually rising to
Director of Marketing and New Media for HBO Home Video.
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ATLANTA ASSOCiATiON OF BLACK JOURNALiSTS
AABJ had a banner year in 2011. Led by President Tenisha Bell, the chapter recently celebrated
its 35th anniversary in grand style. In September, dignitaries and about 200 guests helped to
celebrate the chapter’s anniversary and to recognize AABJ’s contributions to the community.
Atlanta’s City council presented the chapter with a proclamation from the city commemorating its
anniversary. It’s the highest honor the city can offer an organization.
Not only did AABJ offer the programming needed for its members, but it awarded $10,000 in
college scholarships to three future black journalists. It also discussed the condition of education
in the black community and discussed the importance of mentoring. The chapter makes time to
publish a quality monthly newsletter called “The Byline.” The newsletter highlights what’s going on
in the chapter and around Atlanta.
HAMPTON ROADS BLACK MEDiA PROFESSiONALS
HRBMP members are setting an example for other chapters to follow. Led by President Cheryl
Ross, the association’s programming and initiatives in 2011 far exceeded that of the chapter’s work
in previous years. HRBMP held two media-related town halls that attracted large African-American
audiences, awarded six scholarships to college students and ventured into area schools to inspire
children to pursue media careers. The programming represents a total turnaround for the chapter,
which had practically ceased operations until two years ago.
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Under President Denise Sawyer, HUABJ has implemented innovative methods for attracting new
members and keeping them engaged. The chapter launched HUABJ radio, HUABJ tv and HUABJ
video, and a multiplatform newsletter that doubles as a training ground for students to practice
their writing, editing and production skills.
The chapter leveraged its relationships with professional journalists through two new initiatives - a
mentoring program and mini-workshops that send students into the feld with working journalists.
For aspiring sportswriters, the chapter established agreements with Comcast SportsNet, ESPN
and Howard University’s Athletic Department that allow students to practice game coverage,
participate in reporting boot camps and shadow professional beat writers.
HUABJ also created a multimedia archive for chapter events, lectures and workshops. The HUABJ
Library, as it is called, provides journalism tips at the “click of a mouse.”
THE UNiVERSiTY OF GEORGiA CHAPTER OF NABJ
Led by President Crissinda Ponder, UGA-NABJ has sponsored relevant and diverse workshops to
help its members prepare for graduation, including: “A Competitive Journalists Guide,” “Landing a
Job in Sports Journalism” and “Scoring Your Dream Internship.”
These workshops emphasized what NABJ is all about - preparing members to thrive in the
journalism industry. The chapter called upon seasoned journalists to help inspire students to
achieve their future career goals. The Chapter also volunteered with after-school programs,
donated school supplies, tutored and assisted the American Red Cross.
UNiVERSiTY OF NORTH CAROLiNA AT CHAPEL HiLL
Under the leadership of President Jasmine Nesi, CABJ has had a productive year. The chapter
celebrated its 20th anniversary and offered unique programming to keep members engaged and
future members informed. The Chapter kicked off 2011 with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien as its keynote
speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The chapter also had a screening of the
series “Black in America.”
During the year, the chapter also held true to the mission of NABJ. It gave high school students
a crash course in the world of journalism. Students came to the UNC campus and learned
about photography, social media, broadcasting and public relations. In 2011, the chapter also
had workshops for its members on how to network, a spelling and grammar workshop, and on tips
to market themselves. The chapter also held a panel discussion on social media and reinvention.
The session was timely as many journalists today are sharpening their skills so they can be
competitive and marketable. The chapter also found time to volunteer in elementary and middle
schools to spark students’ interest in journalism.
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Barbara Ciara
Charles Cobb Jr
Marilyn Darling
Leon Dash
Joe Davidson
Allison Davis
Paul Delaney
William Dilday
Sandra Dillard
Joel Dreyfuss
Sidmel Estes
Michelle Fay
Arthur Fennell
Albert Fitzpatrick
Samuel Ford
Tonju Francois
Dorothy Gilliam
Cheryl Hampton
Andrew Humphrey
Monica Kaufman Pearson
Gregory Lee
H. Chuku Lee
Claude Lewis
Sandra Long Weaver
Herbert Lowe
Paula Madison
Pluria Marshall
Roland Martin
Walter Middlebrook
Shannon Miller
Bryan Monroe
Acel Moore
Pam Moore
Les Payne
Alex Poinsett
Claudia Polley
Condace Pressley
Bob Reid
W Curtis Riddle
Johnathan Rodgers
Royal Rodgers
Charlotte Roy
Vince Sanders
Mara Schiavocampo
Priya Scroggins
Lesly C. Simmons
Sakina Spruell
David Squires
Chuck Stone
Will Sutton
Elinor Tatum
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Francis Ward
Mary Ann Warren
John White
Lonnie White
DeWayne Wickham
Vanessa Williams
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Abiola Abrams
Debra Adams Simmons
David Aldridge
Michael Allen
Derrick Ashong
Beryl Barnes
James Blue
Deborah Bradley
Monique Braxton-Fordham
Jonathan Burton
Scott Burton
Carmen Camacho
Angela Carter
Brett Chambers
Ivie Clay
Chris Collie
Albert Coqueran
Joshua Corchado
Lisa Cox
Anqoinette Crosby
Corey Dade
John Davis
Stacy Davis
Angela Dodson
Enid Doggett
Duchesne Drew
Larry Ford
Constance Gistand
Hasani Gittens
Angelique Gray
Ken-Yon Hardy
James Harney
Shawn Hawes
Jesse Holland
Christopher Howell
Eric Jackson
Pamela Jackson
Angel Jackson-Gillespie
Kelly Jarrett
Christopher Jenkins
Will Jones
Toni Lesser
Jacquie Hood Martin
Moses Massena
Lisa Matthews
Sharon McCalister
Dachell McSween
Frank Mickens
Felicia Middlebrooks
Doug Mitchell
Michele Mobley
Pat Montague
Roxane Morrison
Joy Nakrin
Robert Naylor
Nicondra Norwood
Opiyo Okeyo
Rhoda Palmer
Sheron Patterson
Kristen Pope
Keri Pulliam
Stephen Ramsey
Stepheca Sawyer
Verna Smith
Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i
Jeffrey St. Arromand
Aspen Steib
Donna Stewart
Farah Stockman
Sheila Tenney
John Thomas
Desireia Valteau
Lori Waldon
Vickie Walton-James
Devin Washington
April Watts
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Shay Williams
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Black Perspective on
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WHYY-TV
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The Washington Post
Joe Davidson
Philadelphia Bulletin
Allison J. Davis
WBz-TV
Paul Delaney
The New York Times
William Dilday
WLBT-TV
Sandra Rosen Dillard
Denver Post
Joel Dreyfuss
The Washington Post
Sam Ford
WCCO-TV
David Gibson
Mutual Black
Network
Sandra Gilliam-Beale
WHIO-TV
Bob Greenlee
New Haven Register
Martha Griffn
National Public Radio
Derwood Hall
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WSOC-TV
Bob Hayes
San Francisco
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vernon Jarrett
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Chicago Tribune
Mal Johnson
(Deceased)
Cox Broadcasting
Toni Jones
Detroit Free Press
H. Chuku Lee
Africa Journal Ltd.
Claude Lewis
Philadelphia Bulletin
Sandra Dawson Long
News Journal
Pluria Marshall
Freelancer
Acel Moore
Philadelphia Inquirer
Luix Overbea
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Christian Science
Monitor
Les Payne
Newsday
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NBC
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Project Bait
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WTOP-TV
Chuck Stone
Philadelphia Daily
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Louisville (Ky.)
Courier Journal
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U.S. News & World
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Los Angeles Times
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Detroit Free Press
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National Black
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Washington Star
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The Baltimore Sun
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As a NABJ member, you’ll receive these valuable resources and benefits:
PURPOSE OF APPLICATION ! New Membership ! Renewal
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• Access to NABJ Jobs Online
• Access to the NABJ Annual Career Fair
• Leadership and Mentoring Opportunities
• Regional and National Networking Opportunities
• Industry Information and Action Alerts
• Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
• Discounts on Convention Registrations, Regional
Conferences and NABJ Media Institute programs
• Participation discount for annual Salute to Excellence Awards
Contest
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City State Zip Code
Work Number Work Fax
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Website
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City State Zip Code
Home Number Home Fax
Home E-mail Address
3. COLLEGE/GRADUATE STUDENT MEMBERS
! Freshman ! Senior
! Sophomore ! Graduate Student
! Junior Graduation Year: _______________
! High School member (see next page)
___________________________________________________
4. RELEASE INFORMATION
Indicate preferred mailing address:
! Home ! Work/School
NABJ occasionally receives requests for our membership mailing
list to disseminate vital industry and educational information to
NABJ members. Would you like to be included in such mailings?
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5. MEMBERSHIP DEMOGRAPHICS
a) What is your gender?
! Female ! Male
b) What is your age group?
! 16-24 ! 25-34 ! 35-44
! 45-54 ! 55-64 ! 65 and over
c) Which best describes you?
! Executive ! Management
! Staff ! Student
d) Which of the following fields do you work in primarily?
! Newspaper ! Magazine ! Newsletter
! Television ! Radio ! Online Media
! Educator ! Student ! Public Relations
e) How many years have you worked in the industry?
! 0-2 ! 3-5 ! 6-10
! 11-20 ! 21+ years
A COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of nearly 4,000 journalists, students and media-related
professionals that advocates for diversity in newsrooms and in news content. We are committed to providing quality programs and
services for black journalists worldwide.
As a NABJ member, you’ll receive these valuable resources and benefits:
PURPOSE OF APPLICATION ! New Membership ! Renewal
• Year-Round Personal and Professional Development
Opportunities
• Access to NABJ Jobs Online
• Access to the NABJ Annual Career Fair
• Leadership and Mentoring Opportunities
• Regional and National Networking Opportunities
• Industry Information and Action Alerts
• Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
• Discounts on Convention Registrations, Regional
Conferences and NABJ Media Institute programs
• Participation discount for annual Salute to Excellence Awards
Contest
• Student Services Support
• Members-only Web Access, including Online Membership
Directory
• Free subscription to NABJ E-News, our weekly electronic
newsletter
• Free subscription to NABJ Journal, our quarterly magazine
• NABJ Annual Report
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! Other ____________________________________________
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! Task Force/Committees ! Other ____________________
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! Full Member ......................................................$100
Working journalists, including reporters, editors, photographers,
newsroom managers, etc. who produce, gather and disseminate
news for newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines,
wire services, etc. and full-time freelance journalists.
Multi-Year Membership – FOR FULL MEMBERS ONLY
" ! Two Years ($180) ! Five Years ($450)
! Premium Full Member ........................................$150
Same as full member eligibility plus additional benefits to
include: VIP express registration at NABJ annual convention;
acknowledgement in convention program book and journal;
NABJ premium member lapel pin and special gift.
! Lifetime Full Member ......................................$3,000
Full life membership, plus free yearly convention registration; VIP
registration; VIP seating; exclusive invites;Exclusive NABJ Film
Festival Event Tickets; acknowledgment in convention program
book, NABJ Journal and Web site; a lapel pin; a certificate;
discounts to NABJ programs; 5% Discount on Merchandise.
! Emeritus/Retired Full Member ..............................$79
Full members who have retired from active work in the journalism
field, but who are still participating in the organization.
! Associate Member $75
Part-time freelance journalists, journalism educators, public
relations and other media-related professionals.
! Student Member ..................................................$40
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journalism. (Copy of student ID required.)
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Intended course of study must be in the communications field,
preferably journalism. (Copy of student ID required.)
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NABJ On The Move Fund $ _________
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