2015 NABJ Region II Conference
Theme: Covering Comeback Cities
Cuyahoga Community College Auditorium
October 17, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region II Conference on October 17, 2015 at the Cuyahoga Community College Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hosted by NABJ's Region II Director and local chapter leaders, this conference will feature diverse programming for freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students.
2015 NABJ REGION II CONFERENCE
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Session 1 - Policing the Populace
With questionable police shootings across the country, law enforcement now becoming targets, and black on black crime, this session will explore the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and look at what’s being done in police departments to be more transparent. While many comeback cities are experiencing an economic resurgence, crime continues to be an issue. We’ll explore police and community relations and the fight to reduce crime in our urban centers.
Harry Boomer, President, Greater Cleveland Association Of Black Journalists & Anchor/Reporter, WOIO TV-Cleveland 19
Calvin Williams, Chief Of Police, City Of Cleveland
Basheer Jones, Author, Speaker, Poet, Community Activist
Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Founder And Director, Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Institute and member Of The “Cleveland 8.”
Charlie Leduff, Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter, Best Selling Author and Host of Fox TV’s “The Americans With Charlie Leduff.”
Session 2 - The Role of Great Schools in Selling Cities
Struggling school districts continue to hamper efforts to revitalize neighborhoods in comeback cities. Many urban districts are looking at innovative ways to close the achievement gap. With many high tech jobs going unfilled, how are colleges and universities retooling to meet the demands of employers? This session will focus on the problems and present solutions.
Ben Holbert, Community Relations Professional & Former Emmy Award Winning Journalist
Terry Butler, Vice President, Cuyahoga Community College & Former
Principal, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Angela Thi Bennett, Superintendent Of Oak Leadership Institute, Cleveland
William Gary, Executive Vice President Cuyahoga Community College, Workforce and Economic Development
Randell McShepard, Co-Founder of Policy Bridge, A Black Think Tank
Session 3 - Skills Workshop - PERISCOPE & SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (S.E.O.)
Pull out your smart phone or tablet! This hands-on skills workshop will focus on using the new, live-streaming application, Periscope, and how to best optimize search engine results.
Nate Cline, Sports Producer, Northeast Ohio Media Group/Digital
Vickie Thomas, NABJ Region II Director & City Beat Reporter WWJ/CBS Radio Detroit
Fred Barrett, Akron Beacon Journal
Troy Smith, Northeast Ohio Media Group, Entertainment Reporter
Russ Mitchell, WKYC Managing Editor & Lead Anchor. Former CBS News Anchor & National Correspondent
Wayne Dawson, Morning News Anchor, WJW-Fox 8
Sarah Glover, NABJ President
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH 11th District)
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Session 4 - Economic Development
A 2010 article in “Business Insider” listed both Detroit and Cleveland among the 10 American Cities that are dead forever! Five years later, economic development is the driving force creating resurgence in these comeback cities. Is every investment a good investment? While downtowns are thriving, many neighborhoods are still struggling. This panel will look at who’s stepping up to invest, challenges, and trends.
Chuck Stokes, Editorial/Public Affairs Director, WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, Detroit
Valarie McCall, Chief of Government & International Affairs, City of Cleveland
Chris Ronayne, President, University Circle, Inc.
Marsha Mockabee, President & CEO, Cleveland Urban League
(All Sponsored Students Required To Attend)
A student journalist, a young working journalist and a veteran journalist will share their experience, offer advice and take questions. A media professional will detail how your skills as a journalist transfer well to other related careers.
Sandra Bishop, Public Relations Professional & Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists Secretary
Leon Bibb, News Anchor, WEWS News Channel 5
Khorri Atkinson, City University New York Graduate Student & Former NABJ Student Representative
Walter Smith-Randolph, Reporter, WWMY-TV, Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids; Co-Chair, NABJ Young Journalists Task Force
Session 5 - Diversity and Inclusion
Many comeback cities are dealing with issues related to class and race as the local economy rebounds. How are cities dealing with gentrification? Are there solid and measurable diversity and inclusion plans in place? This panel will explore these complex issues and more.
Kevin Heard, Editor, The Call & Post
Felecia Henderson, Assistant Managing Editor, The Detroit News & President, Detroit Chapter of NABJ
Marlin Page, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, FCA-US
Sheryl King Benford, Board Member, The Diversity Center, Northeast Ohio
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