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When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
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Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ  08401
United States
Scott Berry

Phone: 301-405-7520

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Online registration is available until: 10/4/2014


NABJ Region I Conference

The Winning Hand: Leading, Learning & Leveraging in Journalism & Media

Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Sherlon Christie
NABJ Region I Director

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region I Conference on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Hosted by NABJ's Region I Director and local chapter leaders, this year's conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will feature diverse programming for freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, public relations professionals and entrepreneurs in workshops that will cover topics such as how to be viewed as an expert, leveraging all platforms to do cutting edge journalism and to build your career, using your mobile device to create a multimedia story, and improving your investigative reporting skills.



The Winning Hand: Leading, Learning & Leveraging in Journalism & Media


8:35 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More Than a Talking Head: How to be Viewed As an Expert

In a 24-hour news cycle television, radio stations, webcasts have shown to create based around compelling topics, and compelling people. So how do you become one of the people in the spotlight? What does it take to become a go to guest? How do you become more than a talking head? Hear from individuals who have excelled at regular media experiences discussing everything from law, politics, and technology to entertainment.

Moderator: Keith Reed, Sports & Business Journalist

Panelists: Kelley L. Carter, Entertainment Editor, EBONY Magazine 
                    Charles Coleman, Jr., Attorney & Legal Commentator 


11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Producing Investigative Stories While Covering Your Beat

Have an idea for a great investigative story but can never find the time to do it because you have to cover your beat? Then this course is for you. This session will walk participants through the investigate process from start to finish. During the session, participants will learn how to come up with ideas for an investigative story, strategies for location documents and gaining access to public records, internet tools for digging deeper, managing your time during an investigation and writing the investigative story. 

Panelist: Ron Nixon, Washington Correspondent, New York Times 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Lunch

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Digital First: Leveraging All Platforms to Do Cutting Edge Journalism and to Build Your Career

As tech tools continue to evolve, the need to incorporate data to reporting hasn’t. This panel delves into social newsgathering tips and digital reporting. Want a digital job? It will touch on that too.

Moderator:  Sarah Glover, Social Media Editor, NBC10 Philadelphia

Panelists:  Ju-Don Roberts, Director, the North Jersey Center for Cooperative Media
                    Shani Hilton, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed
                    Aaron Edwards, Associate Editor, Breaking News (NBC News Digital)
                    Nikole Hannah-Jones, Civil Rights Reporter, ProPublica

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Using Your Mobile Device to Create a Multimedia Story

Moderator: Manuel McDonnell-Smith, Public Information Manager & Multimedia Producer, SEPTA and Editor, PABJ PRISM

Panelists:  Denise James, Multimedia Producer, Denise James Communications
                   Allison Davis, NABJ Founder, Coopty Productions, LLC

During this session, we will have participants use their existing mobile devices to create a series of faux assigned stories. We’ll demonstrate and allow participants to use free iPhone/android apps available at easy disposal that they can use to create compelling multimedia content. 

(Subject to change)


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Pre-Registration Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014

Registration rates includes entrance to workshops and contact with panelists.

*Bundle Registration includes access to both the NABJ Media Institute for Media Professionals and Entrepreneurs (10/3/2014) and Region I Conference (10/4/2014).

($3.00 administrative fee will be added automatically to the registration total.)

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Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Contact Scott Berry, NABJ Program Manager for Hotel Reservations at


Thank You

2014 NABJ Region I Conference Partners


Partner/Sponsor opportunities are available by reaching out to Development Director Denise Brooking at or 301-405-6986.

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