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2018 NABJ Region III Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 4/6/2018 to 4/8/2018
When: April 6-8, 2018
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Atlanta Hilton Hotel
255 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA  30303
United States
Contact: Ken Lemon, NABJ Region III Director

Online registration is available until: 4/6/2018
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Ken Lemon
NABJ Region III Director

The once trusted institution of journalism is under constant attack. Those who cover impactful stories are often branded with catch phrases like “fake news” or have their credibility questioned. In this conference we explore the effect of efforts to undermine the media while providing vital information to help journalists do a better job of uncovering the truth.

The conference is set in the historic city of Atlanta, GA and coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of one of the greatest champions of truth Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will examine his life, legacy and the struggles that open the door for so many. Join us as we work within this noteworthy city in the civil rights movement to understand the gains and losses in the decades following the passing of an icon.

We are glad to welcome back Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) for a special workshop offering critical tools for investigating reporting. Attendees of this one day workshop one day workshop on Friday April 6th will get a special certification and a one year membership in IRE.

We are also proud to add a Google Lab training led by former NABJ VP of Digital. Participants will receive special certification. Programming under development now will include special one on one sessions for emerging journalists, media entrepreneurship, developing digital, and sports journalism from the inside.

The Atlanta Hilton, 255 Courtland Street NE is our host hotel. We no longer have rooms there at our special rate. We are working with them to suggests other accommodations for attendees.

Special thanks to our sponsors who have already committed to support this conference. Wells Fargo is a returning sponsor partner. AIDS Healthcare Foundation and it’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition are returning sponsors. They are also providing four $250 sponsorships for attendees.Click HERE to Apply.
Calling all Investigative Reporters!! (Or those who would like to be) - Space is Limited

NABJ Regional conference, we are offering a special Investigative Reporting workshop conducted by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

IRE is hosting it's Watchdog Workshop at the 2018 R3 Conference! Hone your investigative skills with tips and strategies from IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters. At the end of the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, attendees will receive a certification issued directly from the organization.

These workshops require a separate registration fee. Participants receive certification and a free one-year IRE membership!
 Conference Schedule

Freedom of the Press Under Fire: The Battle for the First Amendment
2018 NABJ Region III Conference
Georgia Power & Atlanta Hilton Hotel (Downtown)
Atlanta, GA
April 6-8, 2018

(Subject to Change)

Friday, April 6
9:00 .m.-4:00 p.m. IRE Watchdog Workshop
Georgia Power Headquarters
**Registration Required**

Mobile Storytelling Hands-On Training
Georgia Power Headquarters
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m.

Town Hall
Be a Good Sport: Taking a Knee for the Team
Georgia Power, Atlanta

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Region III Opening Reception
Powered by Moët Hennessy
Saturday, April 7
7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Opening and Welcome: Ken Lemon, NABJ Region III Director, WSOC-TV Reporter, Charlotte, NC Chapter Greetings: Carol Gantt, President, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ)
National Greetings: NABJ President Sarah Glover
8:40 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Invocation: Rev. Mashaun D. Simon
8:45 a.m.-8:55 a.m. Partner
8:55 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Charlotte Roy, NABJ Founder
9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
50 Years after the MLK Assassination: The Press for Freedom
Plenary: The South's Civil Rights Stories and how they resonate and shape modern day life -- Rev. Joseph Lowery is fond of saying the reason why there aren't more African American judges in Georgia is that politicians here are still fighting the Civil War. Ask veteran civil rights leaders Lonnie King and Rev. C.T. Vivian what the civil rights issues of today are and they'll tell you equal access to educational opportunities and voter suppression are still very much in play in southern states. In this workshop, you'll learn the importance of history and context to news reporting, particularly in the south. We'll also talk about the importance of document the oral histories of everyday Americans who took part in protests and sitting in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.

Moderator: Ernie Suggs, senior reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Angela Tuck, journalist and author of "Somewhere Listening for my Name: 1960s activists tell their stories"
Stan Washington, former Editor-At-Large, The Voice News Network
Rochelle Riley, Author, The Burden: African Americans & the Enduring Impact of Slavery

Morning Breakout Sessions
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Newslab Training: Google Tools for News
Benet Wilson, Owner/Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Queen, LLC.
This session will give you hands on training using Google Tools to research stories, fact-check, find what’s trending, locate and visualize useful datasets and more. You’ll also learn some advanced search techniques and get a look at cutting-edge tools for immersive storytelling, such as 360 photos and video. Bring your laptop.

**Pre-registration is required**

Entertainment Journalism: From the Red Carpet to Reality

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Morning Session II --Freedom Isn’t Free: What it Costs to be in a Journalist in 2018
Summary: This panel will address issues journalists are faced with while trying to do their jobs. Whether the topic is investigating an ethics violation surrounding the local county government or trying to break a national news story on police brutality or POTUS, what are our rights? Who can we turn to when news managers are biased and break the journalism code of reporting both sides of the story in a fair and unbiased way?

Moderator: Blayne Alexander-Bailey, NBC Correspondent
Tanya Washington, professor of law/attorney
Willoughby Mariano, Atlanta Journal Constitution Investigative Reporter
Ray Metoyer, Georgia Public Broadcasting/ Managing Editor Lawmakers
Carolyn Guniss, Newspaper Editor

Landing that First Job and Keeping the Next One: Student’s Critique Session
This popular workshop will give student attendees the opportunity to have their resumes and their work reviewed by managers and working journalists.

Moderator: Brett Chambers, Instructor North Carolina Central University

Jennifer Matthews - CNN
Grover Wyatt-Murrell, President Nashville NABJ, Assignment Manager FOX17 Nashville

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Region III Achievers and Awards Luncheon
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Emcee: Marissa Mitchell – Anchor/Multimedia Reporter, Fox 5 Atlanta

Region III Achiever Awards - Presenter: Siobhan Riley

Keynote Speaker: Retha Hill, Executive Director the New Media Innovation Lab, Cronkite School at Arizona State University & Arizona Association of Black Journalists, President “Storytelling in a Virtual World: Doing a 360”
1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Afternoon Session I
The Ultimate #ClapBack: How Media Professionals Handle Heat, Hate and Hecklers

Sharon Reed, CBS46 News Anchor
Jason Luntz, New Media Strategist and former President, Nashville NABJ
Kim Flowers-Jackson, Tulsa Channel 8 News Anchor
2:30 p.m.– 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Session II: Artificial Intelligence: Algorithms, Activism & Inclusiveness
Can or will some journalists be replaced by robots? What are the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence? There are stories everywhere yet many have yet to be told. This session will address robots, chatbots, virtual and augmented reality. Confused? Concerned? Committed? Let’s explore the future together.

Moderator: Dr. Syb Brown, Professor, Belmont University
Retha Hill, Executive Director of the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Professor of Practice

Play Ball: Upping Your Game in Sports Journalism
Want to to know how to jumpstart your career in sports media? Need some tips for professional acceleration? This panel focuses on next steps. How should you prepare? What do you need to know?

Panelists: TBA
3:30 p.m.– 4:15 p.m. Afternoon Session III
Crisis communication is becoming an everyday reality, from the Dodge RAM Super Bowl Commercial, Dove ad to H&M’s t-shirt debacle, how can media professionals of color get a seat at the table. What should a brand do when their message misses the mark?

Other panelists: TBA
Jerry Goodwin, Assistant Professor Journalism/Mass Communications, Tulsa Community College
  Millennial Spotlights: Thoroughbreds Hungry for Success
These young professionals refuse to settle for simply getting a seat at the table, they actually created their own. Each young professional will receive an allotted time to present their testimonies to attendees. Much has been written about the Millennial generation yet often their narratives are silenced by the crowd. In this session, Region III shines the spotlight on 40% of the NABJ's membership as they share where they started from, where they are today, and their plans for the future. They will talk about the struggle and the victory, and explain how NABJ and their local chapter served as a stepping stone.

Wilton Jackson, WSBTV-2 Digital Talent Program, JSU grad
Cecil Hannibal, NABJ-GSU president, WSBTV-2 News Intern
Autumn Porter, Former member of NABJ-GSU, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Digital Producer
Keosha Thomas, Bridgestone Search Marketing Manager, Nashville, TN
Jaya Franklin, AABJ VP of Digital Media, NABJ Region 3 Deputy Director (southeast)

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. AABJ Documentary Screening: First Black Anchors in Atlanta
Georgia Power
6:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m Region III Closing Reception
City Winery-Kenny Lattimore
Doors open at 6, Show begins at 7
10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. Mix and Mingle with the Media
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint



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NABJ Region III Conference Early-Bird
By March 1
By March 31
April 6-7

$50 $75 $100
Student Member

$35 $50 $75

$75 $150 $200
IRE Watchdog Workshop
April 6, 2018
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

IRE Watchdog Workshop with Conference Registration

$25 $25 $25

IRE Watchdog Workshop Only

$55 $55 $55

Registration fees will include an additional $3 administrative fee during checkout.

If you have any ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests, please contact Veronique Dodson at 301-405-0554 or by Saturday, March 17.

For questions regarding your registration, please contact our registrar or 301-405-0554 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday – Friday.

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Atlanta Hotel
255 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Main: 800-445-8667

The Atlanta Hilton, 255 Courtland Street NE is our host hotel. We no longer have rooms there at our special rate. We are working with them to suggests other accommodations for attendees.


Thank You to the 2018 Region III Conference Partners



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