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2017 NABJ Region I Conference

3/31/2017 to 4/1/2017
When: March 31-April 1, 2017
Where: Annenberg School for Communication - The University of Pennsylvania
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
United States
Contact: Johann Calhoon


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REGION I CONFERENCE

DIVERSITY, INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

March 31 - April 1, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its 2017 Region I Conference at the Annenberg School for Communication on the beautiful campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Hundreds of journalists, communication professionals and students from across the U.S. Northeast are expected to attend the two-day conference.

Titled the “Diversity, Innovation & Technology Summit,” the conference will have a five-pronged approach:

 

  • Evolving Innovation
  • Technical Training
  • Media Coaching
  • Community Engagement
  • Career Advancement


In addition to discourse on diversity and inclusion, attendees will actively turn ideas into reality with the opportunity to collectively contribute to new trends and innovations that can invoke change through various entities within the communications sector.


The conference will highlight innovation projects across the country and will feature the various projects happening in Philadelphia i.e., Comcast's Innovation and Technology Tower, University of Pennsylvania's Pennovation, Drexel University's Schuylkill Yards and the Science Center's uCity Square Project.


There will also be a focus on innovative blueprints media companies, colleges and universities have crafted to take their information outlets into and beyond the 21st Century. The conference will also serve as a bridge for community members and leaders as their areas may ultimately be affected by these projects.


SCHEDULE

Friday, March 31
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception-CODE Red Party!
WHYY
150 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Click here (Tickets are a separate cost to conference registration.)
Saturday, April 1 Annenberg School for Communication
The University of Pennsylvania
3620 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

Location: Entrance Ramp - Space right before ramp leading to The Forum

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m WELCOME
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

Description: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney formerly welcomes the Diversity, Innovation & Technology Summit to the city.

Location: Public area of The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

WORKSHOPS I

UCITY SQUARE: A COMMUNITY OF INGENUITY
Description: As it seeks to be the epicenter of innovation and collaboration between the private sector and top-tier research institutions, learn how the Science Center's 10-year $1 billion innovation project plans to redevelop portions of West Philadelphia, engage the community and transform the area into an innovation hub. 

Interviewer: Stephanie Renee, Program Director and host of The MOJO on 900AM-WURD

Guest Speaker: Stephen Tang, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Science Center

Location: Room 109, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM

Description: Numerous technological, economic, and cultural changes over the past several decades have impacted journalists and journalism organizations, leading some to describe it as a “crisis.” This panel documents these changes, as well as innovative responses to them.

Moderator: Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Panelists

  • Meredith Broussard, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University: “Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age.”
  • Jim Friedlich, Executive Director, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism: “A Public-Private Experiment in Local Media Ownership.”
  • Martin Nisenholtz, College of Communication, Boston University: “Moving Legacy Media Online.”
  • Claire Wardle, FirstDraft: “Journalism Ethics in the Digital Media Age.” 

Location: Room 110, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

WORKSHOPS II

GENERATION INNOVATION
Description: Tech leaders and insiders talk need for diversity and inclusion in the area of innovation and why it should matter to journalists. 

Moderator: Denise James, Temple University / Denise James Media

Panelists

  • Brigitte Daniel Corbin, Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics
  • Steph Humphrey, technology contributor for The Harry Show
  • Christopher Gray, founder of Scholly app and contestant on NBC's Shark Tank. 

Location: Room 111, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

RAINBOW COVERAGE: UNDERSTANDING LGBTQ MEMBERS WITHIN OUR NEWS
Description: LGBTQ visibility is becoming more relevant within our overarching fight for diversity from within our community. But what does this actually mean for our newsrooms and how can we ensure it's improving throughout our black media coverage? This workshop is geared toward improving skills-based training on the topic and beyond."

Instructor: Ernest Owens, Editor of G Philly

Location: Room, 108, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

CODING 101 FOR JOURNALISTS
Description: Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and other popular social media sites are all made with code. Journalists will learn the basics of coding and how it can further their career.

Instructor: Christopher A. Williams, Enact Development

Location: Room 109, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication


 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m CAREER CENTER INTERVIEWS

Description: One-on-one interviews by appointment only

Panelists: Recruiters from the following companies:

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WORKSHOPS III

DIGITAL FIRST: LEVERAGING ALL PLATFORMS TO DO CUTTING EDGE JOURNALISM 
Description: As tech tools continue to evolve, the need to incorporate data to reporting hasn’t. This panel delves into social news gathering tips and digital reporting. Want a digital job? It will touch on that too.

Instructor: NABJ President Sarah Glover, NBC OTS Social Media Editor

Location: Room 500, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

190 YEARS LATER: BLACK MILLENNIALS ADVANCING THE BLACK PRESS
Description: Black Millennials (Generation Y) working in online, print, and broadcast formats discuss the value of the Black Press and discuss what Black-owned media outlets need to thrive beyond the 21st Century.

Moderator: Tené Croom, president of Tené Croom Communications

Panelists: 

  • Keaton Nichols, host of The Lounge, WURD-900AM
  • Maya Earls, reporter at The Philadelphia Tribune
  • Josh Barker, online editor of the New York Amsterdam News

Location: Room 109, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. LUNCH

PHILADELPHIA MEDIA NETWORK: REMAKING A LEGACY

Moderator: Solomon Jones, Host of Wake Up with WURD

Panelists:

  • Michael Days, Daily News Editor
  • Barbara Laker, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter
  • Jenice Armstrong, columnist
  • Helen Ubinas, columnist

Location: Plaza Lobby  / Courtyard


2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

WORKSHOPS IV

CHAMPIONING DIVERSITY IN THE TRUMP ERA
Description: Political, media and nonprofit heavyweights provide critical strategies for the African-American demographic in sustaining the group's foothold during this current president's administration.

Moderator: Rosalyn McPherson, president and founder of The Roz Group

Panelists

  • Congressman Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania’s 2nd District
  • Sara Lomax Reese, President and General Manager of WURD Radio LLC
  • Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO of Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Rev. Kevin Johnson, President and CEO of Philadelphia OIC 

Location: Room 110, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

UNLEASHING YOUR :60 STORYTELLER
Description: In our days of shortened attention spans, telling a great story is an important piece of journalism. Interactive design experts James Vanié and Regine Gilbert will discuss the importance of words and their implication on actions. They will focus on the way words expand language in a time when you have to get your point across in millisecond or in 140 characters or less. Afterwards, Jarrad Henderson will lead a hands on demonstration on how to use some of today's tools to unleash your inner :60 second storyteller. 

Instructors

  • Jarrad Henderson, multimedia producer at USA Today
  • Regine Gilbert, user experience designer
  • James Vanié, interaction designer and writer

Location: Room 109, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

GIVING YOUR STORIES NATIONAL APPEAL
DescriptionCompelling details and relatable topics often outweigh geography in grabbing the interest of readers, listeners and viewers. But how do you make people care about a story no matter where they live? Journalists who work for national news organizations will offer guidance on how to identify and craft stories that appeal to a national audience. The Associated Press, which has 170 years of experience producing national stories, is the session sponsor.

Moderator: Rod Hicks, East Desk Editor for The Associated Press

Panelists

  • Errin Haines Whack, National Race & Ethnicity Reporter, The Associated Press, Philadelphia

  • Jesse Holland, Washington Reporter, The Associated Press, Washington, D.C.

  • Jericka Duncan, National Reporter, CBS News, New York

  • Amber Payne, Managing Editor, NBCBLK, New York

Location: Room 111, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

 


3:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m.

WORKSHOPS V

SCHUYLKILL YARDS AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT 
Description: Learn the importance of the $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards and Inclusive Development project to Drexel University as a driver of innovation and how it could help bolster journalism and develop the West Philadelphia area as an innovation hub.

Presenter: Vincent Thompson, WURD 900AM

Guest Speaker: Lucy Kerman, Senior Vice Provost for University and Community Partnerships at Drexel University

Location: Room 108, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 

PENNOVATION: RESEARCH HUB A LAB FOR SOCIAL MEDIA AGE
Description: The 23-acre lot where the multi-billion dollar research center sits formerly housed DuPont's Marshall Research Labs is where Penn hopes to break science barriers and raise the national profile of its research initiatives by setting up worthy partnerships. Learn how this project can help advance journalism and where West, Southwest and South Philadelphia communities fit into its plans.

Presenter: Tiffanie Stanard, Old School 100.3FM 

Guest Speaker: Laurie Actman is responsible for the implementation and execution of Penn Center for Innovation's services and partnerships within the University 

Location: Room 109, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication


4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

WORKSHOPS VI

GOOGLE: TOOLS YOU CAN USE
Description: Think you know it all when it comes to Googling it? Guess what: There are some Google tools that you may have never seen or realize how they’re useful for journalists. In this hands-on session you'll take a deeper dive into tools and workflows that can help you produce better stories, generate ideas for your beat, and more. Come with your laptop and leave with some new skills. Participants should have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance.

Instructor: Michelle Johnson, associate professor at Boston University

Location: Room 110, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

 


Media Entrepreneurship: How to Innovate Your Way to Success
Description: Three leading experts in transforming journalism ideas into viable enterprises will share tips on how to use technology, innovation and just plain hard work to turn your media idea into a media business. And get paid!
Moderator: Bryan Monroe, Verizon Chair, Temple University, former editor of CNN Politics digital and former NABJ President
Panelists: 
  • Aaron Pilhofer, James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University and former digital editor at The Guardian and New York Times
  • Lori Tharps, Associate professor of journalism at Temple University and the coauthor of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America 
Location: Room 111, The Forum, Annenberg School for Communication

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. BREAK BEFORE KEYNOTE

Walk from Anneberg to Houston Hall

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE

A TALK WITH CHARLES BLOW: MEDIA DIVERSITY, INNOVATION & DONALD TRUMP

 

Guest Speaker: Charles Blow, CNN commentator and oped visual columnist for The New York Times

Interviewer: Sara Lomax Reese, President and CEO of WURD 900AM


Location: Hall of Flags, Houston Hall


 
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS



The Warwick Rittenhouse Square

220 S 17th St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
(215) 735-6000

 
Click HERE for Online Reservations

Discounted Rate: $139 per night
Discount Code: “National Association of Black Journalist” or “NABJ”

CONFERENCE PARTNERS

Special thanks to our hosts:

 

ANCHOR LEVEL

 

The University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Office of the Provost

Annenberg School for Communication
Africana Studies Center
The Price Lab for Digital Humanities
The School of Arts & Sciences

The Institute of Journalism in New Media
The Philadelphia Daily News


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EDITOR LEVEL

Temple University School of Media and Communication
WHYY
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DIGITAL LEVEL

The Science Center
PHLDiversity

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CYBER LEVEL

Philadelphia O.I.C.
Visit Philadelphia

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Philly Friend Level

The Philadelphia Tribune
Metrocorp

 

If your firm would like to be a sponsor for the 2017 Diversity, Innovation & Technology Summit, please reach NABJ Region I Director Johann Calhoun at (267) 602-6527 or calhoun.nabj@gmail.com


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION




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Registration Type

Early-Bird

(Extended to March 10)

 Pre-Registration

(Extended to March 31)

On Site

 

NABJ Member $25.00  $30.00 $40.00
NABJ Student Member $10.00 $15.00  $20.00
Non-Member $30.00  $35.00 $45.00
Student Non-Member $15.00 $20.00  $25.00


(Total will include a $3.00 administrative fee)


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