2013 Annual Convention and Career Fair
July 31 – August 4, 2013
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (11:59 PM EDT)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
National Association of Black Journalists heads to Orlando, one of America’s
top destinations for travel, we extend proposal invitations for sessions and
presenters for the 2013 Annual Convention and Career Fair, July 31- August 4,
Committee is accepting innovative, educational and "out of the box”
proposals that tie into our theme, "People, Purpose, Passion: The Power
of NABJ.” NABJ has a rich history of educating, training, and
advocating on behalf of black journalists worldwide. All presenters must
have demonstrated expertise in their subject areas and come prepared to teach
and challenge convention attendees. All proposed sessions should be dynamic,
compelling, and teach current and future journalists new and relevant skills to
push them toward their professional goals.
Proposals must fall under the tracks below:
Fundamentals – No
matter how technology changes, the basics of journalism remain the same. This
track covers the fundamental skills every journalist needs to know. From the
art of the live shot to the art of storytelling, these sessions will cover the
nuts and bolts of how to be a better journalist.
Beat – In today’s
fast-paced newsroom, beat reporting moves fast. Journalists must cover
everything from politics to energy to business. This track is designed to break
down reporting beats. Whether you want to be a better photojournalist, move
into sports, hone your business acumen or explore politics in this election
year, these sessions will dig deep into specific beat reporting. NABJ Task
Forces are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for this track.
Tool Box – With
tools including Storify, Rebel Mouse, Tumblr, API, Bundlr, Open Source, or
HTML5, it’s hard to stay on the cutting edge of technology. These sessions will
highlight new and emerging technology that helps journalists perfect their
into Management –
If you’re looking to move up into the management ranks, this track is for you.
Presenters will offer workshops that will help take your career to the next
Station – The
industry is changing and so are job titles. Communication is at the heart of
what we do, but it’s not always in a newsroom. This track is designed to
educate and train members in communication fields. From academia to public
relations to entrepreneurship, sessions will cover innovative and creative
programming for those in communication and non-traditional journalism
Dive Learning Labs: Our
day-long and half-day Deep Dive Sessions give members the chance to learn at a
more relaxed pace. Past sessions have covered topics including
entrepreneurship, mobile reporting, Final Cut Pro, career transformation and branding.
Feel Lucky” - Do
you have a great proposal idea that doesn’t fit into one of our standard tracks?
If so, you can submit your proposal in this section. Please note that
priority will be given to sessions that fit within our standard tracks; however,
we are open to proposals that may go beyond that criteria. Make sure you have
an innovative or interesting idea because proposals selected from this option will
be very competitive.
Are you a
subject matter expert interested in presenting? We are accepting applications
for conference presenters. This option is for individuals who do not wish to
propose a workshop session, but want to be considered as a possible panelist.
The NABJ Program Committee will review each presenter submitted. Due to
the anticipated volume of presenters, NABJ will only contact presenters that
fit in line with our final programming.
will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
• Is the topic innovative and
• Is the session well organized and
designed to meet the needs of this particular audience?
• Are the session objectives and
"takeaways” for participants clearly explained in the proposal?
your proposal by October 17, 2012. You will receive an automatic
confirmation of your submission. Keep this confirmation in your files. A team
of volunteers and staff will review each submission.
• Presentations cannot be sales
pitches. If you are an agent representing a client or someone promoting your
business, please ensure your session does not appear as selling or promoting
any particular cause, person, or service.
• Each person is limited to submitting
two session proposals. Please create your proposal in Word and then copy and
paste the information into the appropriate sections online. The online form
does not have spell check so editing your information in advance and then
copying and pasting will ensure greater accuracy.
note that we will not allow any workshop coordinator to be involved in more
than two sessions. Please consider this when submitting your proposal idea and
put your best idea forward.
must agree to coordinate all arrangements, communication, and audio/visual
requirements with your proposed speakers including all deadlines sent to you by
the NABJ staff and Program Chair.
acceptance, more information and criteria will be provided.
note that we reserve the right to adjust any session including changing the session
abstract and adding or removing speakers.
and Travel Info
To keep registration rates low for members, NABJ does not pay
for travel, hotel or meals for convention speakers and presenters. In many
cases, the institutions or organizations of the speakers support the mission of
NABJ by covering those costs.
workshop coordinators and speakers should register for the full
Convention at the regular attendee rate and are responsible for all travel
costs. Speakers receive a one-day complimentary registration to the conference.
specific questions, please contact NABJ Manager Irving Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org or Convention Program Chair Benet J. Wilson at email@example.com.