2016 NABJ Region III Conference
2016 NABJ Region III Conference
Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
250 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
April 8-10, 2016
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the 2016 Region III Conference April 8 - 10 at the Sheraton Downtown Memphis, 250 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN.
This year's conference theme "Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward" reflects on the impact race has had on recent coverage from police shootings to the upcoming elections. While in Memphis, a city with a history of civil rights, we see the similarities between the racial issues of past and present day, with an eye to prevent repeating them in the future. This conference will feature insightful programming that will impact working journalists, freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students.
Region III is honored to have former civil rights movement leader Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. as Keynote Speaker
Dr. LaFayette, who is currently a Distinguished Scholar at Emory University, has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and is an authority on the strategy on non-violent social change. He Co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He was a leader of the 1960 Nashville Movement, the 1961 Freedom Rides, and the 1965 Selma Movement. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples' campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, Dr. LaFayette has served as Director of Peace and Justice in Latin America; Chairperson of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development; Director of the PUSH Excel Institute; and minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, public relations professionals and entrepreneurs in workshops that will include the return of our interactive producers/reporters boot camp and student interview critiques. Other exciting workshops include the issue of protecting journalists in the field, mid-career choices and changes, journalists and PTSD, Black Twitter and social media, and for the first time, a special two-part IRE workshop. Our 2016 Region III Achievers Award will be awarded and another first, R3's new "Media and Me Essay Contest" for aspiring high school journalists.
Workshops, times and panelists are subject to change.
Powered by Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D) TN and
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
Me in the Media Awards - A special contest for High school students interested in a career in Journalism. Students submit their work on the topic: What does news mean in your area?
Panelists: Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D) Shelby Co. TN, Lee Whack, Jr. Press Secretary, Democratic National Convention, Tezlyn Figaro, Director of Racial Justice – Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, Tezlyn Figaro Communications Group
Moderator: Ken Smith, Anchor/Reporter, WRAL-TV
Panelists: Mark Russell, Managing Editor, The Commercial Appeal; Brett Chambers, NC Central University, Richard Thompson, Black Mediaverse, Tammy Phillips, News Director, WMC-TV, Lisa Lovell – News Director, WATN-TV/WLMT-TV, Sandra Combs, Arkansas State Univ., Jerry Goodwin, Tulsa Community College
12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.
Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.
Moderator: Ken Smith, WRAL-TV
Panelists: Jason Luntz, The Luntz Report, Lisa Lovell – News Director, WATN-TV/WLMT-TV, Katina Rankins, Local 24 Memphis
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