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2014 NABJ Region IV Conference

10/10/2014 to 10/12/2014

When: October 10-12, 2014
Where: Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
1000 River Place Drive
Detroit, MI  48207
United States
Contact:
Scott Berry

Phone: 301-405-7520

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EVENT OVERVIEW

NABJ Region IV Conference

Renew • Refresh • Reunite: Reboot to take your career to the next level!

Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
1000 River Place Drive
Detroit, MI 48207
October 10-12, 2014




Vickie Thomas
NABJ Region IV Director


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region IV Conference on October 10-12, 2014 at the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

Hosted by NABJ's Region IV Director and local chapter leaders, this year's conference 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 the deadline is now, covering the auto beat, writing across platforms, making it to management, and landing that first gig.


SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

 

2014 NABJ REGION IV CONFERNECE

#NABJREGION4

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

1:00 p.m. TOUR OF DETROIT

Tour of Detroit development highlighting Rock Ventures among other major Detroit projects. Welcome and remarks provided by Leslie Andrews, Director of Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships, Rock Ventures.

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. OPENING RECEPTION

Host: Andrew Humphrey, Meteorologist and Science & Technology Reporter for
          WDIV-TV

Detroit Historical Museum Old Streets of Detroit
5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


Saturday, October 11, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. MULTIMEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA…THE NEW DEADLINE IS NOW

It's not just about landing that interview ...journalists are doing so much more in this digital age, live tweeting, live chats, posting to Instagram, taking photos and shooting video.  With deadlines looming, what's the best approach? This panel will explore those topics and much more.


Moderator: Pam Perry, Social Media Guru and Marketing and PR Director for the Charles
                  H. Wright Museum


Panelists: Oralandar Brand-Williams, Courts Reporter, The Detroit News
                Aaron Foley, Full-time Freelance Journalist
                Vince Bond, Reporter & Community Editor at Automotive News

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. COVERING THE AUTO BEAT

The panel will cover tech tools to make your job easier, use of social & digital media, state of the auto industry (recalls) and trends, how to be considered an expert in auto reporting and how to review/evaluate a vehicle.

Moderator: Mike Woolfolk, Reporter, WXYZ-TV (ABC)

Panelists: Jeff Gilbert, Automotive Reporter for WWJ, cbsdetroit.com and the CBS Radio
                 Network

                 Leslie Allen, Managing Editor, Executive Producer and a Principal Scriptwriter
                 for Automotive News TV

                 Frank Washington, Editor of www.AboutThatCar.com

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. COVERING CHAOS IN THE COMMUNITY…LESSONS LEARNED FROM FERGUSON AND OTHER CONFLICTS

Journalists arrested in Ferguson, Missouri during protests following the shooting death of Michael Brown and the conflict in the Middle East spilling over into neighborhoods in the USA…this panel will explore how to present fair and balanced reports while staying safe at the same time.

Moderator: Kathy Chaney, Producer/Reporter at WBEZ 91.5 FM, President, Chicago
                   Chapter-NABJ
 

Panelists: Charlie LeDuff, National correspondent for Fox TVs “The Americans.” 
                 Weam Namou, Author & Co-founder/ President of the Iraqi Artists Association
                 Marlon Walker, Reporter, The Detroit Free Press

12 noon to 1:30 p.m.



NEWSMAKER LUNCHEON

Keynote Speaker: Detroit Police Chief James Craig

"Crime Fighting and Crime Reporting: A Candid Conversation."

Chief of Police James E. Craig began his career in law enforcement with the Detroit Police Department in1977. Forced to relocate due to department layoffs, Chief Craig began working for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in January 1981.  After a 28 year career with LAPD, Chief Craig was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the Portland (Maine) Police Department on May 4, 2009. During his tenure as Chief of Police, he commanded a department of 215 sworn and civilian employees. Chief Craig was credited with reducing violent crime by 10% by utilizing a comprehensive CompStat process which focused on command accountability and problem solving.  

On August 4, 2011, Chief Craig was selected as the 13th Chief of Police for the Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Department and the first African-American and person outside of Cincinnati to hold this position. He was responsible for leading a department of 1,500 sworn and civilian personnel. Under Chief Craig's leadership, the morale of the rank and file was greatly improved, which equated to an increase in the officers' overall productivity and performance.

On July 1, 2013, Chief Craig was appointed as the 42nd Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department, bringing Chief Craig's law enforcement career full circle. Chief Craig is responsible for leading a department of 2,800 sworn and civilian personnel. Chief Craig's top priorities are to abate and reduce violent crime and to increase the morale of the rank and file. Since his inception in July 2013, Chief Craig has made significant changes and improvements to the department's organizational structure and processes; redefined community partnership and achieved a reduction in crime.


 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON BREAK

Please visit the Authors Showcase in the Superior room.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

BLURRED LINES: WRITING ACROSS PLATFORMS

Whether you’re a journalist or a public relations professional, providing content that can be shared across platforms is key to conquering the battle for viewers, listeners and readers.  This panel of experts will share the secrets to their success.

Moderator: Zahra Huber, Reporter, Editor and Producer at WWJ

Panelists: Greg Dunmore, Multi-Media Journalist, Pulsebeat.tv
                 Mark S. Lee, Talk Show Host CBS Detroit's WXYT 1270  & Blogger
                 Tamekia Ashford, President of the National Black Public Relations Society,
                 Detroit Chapter & PR Consultant

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. FROM JOURNALIST TO ENTREPRENEUR

Many journalists are finding success after saying goodbye to the boss and becoming the captain of their own ship.  And, If you are a journalist, how can you position yourself to generate additional streams of income.  This expert panel will tell you how to branch out.

Moderator: Bankole Thompson, Editor of the Michigan Chronicle & Senior Political Analyst
                   at WDET-101.9FM


Panelists: Darci McConnell, Founder of  McConnell Communications, Inc.
                 Lisa Wilmore, President and CEO of The Wilmore Agency, LLC
                 Greg Bowens, Crisis Communications, Media Relations and Public Relations

MAKING IT TO MANAGEMENT

What’s the best way to position yourself to successfully move up the ladder in the newsroom to make it to management. This distinguished panel will tell you their successful strategy and share what they now look for in leaders

Moderator: Luther Keith, Michigan Journalism Hall of Famer & Executive Director, ARISE
                  Detroit!

Panelists: Rob Davidek, Program and News Director, WWJ Newsradio 950 (CBS)
                Walter Middlebrook, Assistant Managing Editor, The Detroit News
                Mary Kramer, Publisher of Crain's Detroit Business

FROM COLLEGE TO CAREER: LANDING THAT FIRST GIG

That first job is more important than you think. It will determine your path if you don't determine your own. Our panelists talk about the many decisions that led them to take that first job and tell you how they determined what they needed to accomplish in that first job. It's not just money or location. Sometimes you have to think three steps ahead.

Moderator: Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press Columnist

Panelists: Nima Shaffe, Morning Show Correspondent, ABC new affiliate WXYZ-TV,
                Detroit
                Maia Belay, Multimedia Journalist, WTOL-TV, Toledo, OH
                Jerome Vaughn, News Director, WDET-FM, Detroit Public Radio
                Alicia Nails, Emmy Award winning Journalist, Freelance Writer and Director of 
                Wayne State University's Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. AUTHORS SHOWCASE

STUDENT CRITIQUES

Alicia Nails
Maia Belay
Rob Davidek
Vickie Thomas
Felecia Henderson
Jerome Vaughn
Andrew Humphrey

8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
DETROIT CHAPTER PARTY & SILENT AUCTION


Sunday, October 12, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. FAREWELL CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND KICKOFF FOR #NABJ15 IN MINNEAPOLIS
 
Click HERE to View Speaker Bios

 (subject to change)


REGISTRATION


Register Today and Save!

Pre-Registration Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2014


Registration rates includes entrance to workshops and contact with panelists.

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

Registration RatesPre-Registration Rates


NABJ Member

$50.00

Non-Member

$80.00

NABJ Student Member

$30.00

Student Non-Member

$40.00

Authors Showcase

•Includes registration to the conference. Each author will be provided a draped table to display book and material. Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th at 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
$100.00



 


To Register Online: Click the "Register" link above.


HOST HOTEL






Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
1000 River Place Drive
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-9500

 Rates Room Type
  
 $85 per night plus tax
 Standard King, Standard Queen, Double Queen
 $109 per night plus tax
 Riverview King, Riverview Double
 $169 per night plus tax
 Briggs Suite



PARTNERSHIP


Thank You

2014 NABJ Region IV Conference Partners




         

        



       


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

 
 
 

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