Call for Proposals - Fall Round
Sunday, December 1, 2013 (12:00 midnight EDT)
As the National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) heads to Boston, one of America’s top
destinations for travel, we extend proposal invitations for sessions and
presenters for the 2014 Annual Convention and Career Fair, July 30-August 3,
The Program Committee
is soliciting requests for proposals for workshops, along with potential
workshop speakers. We are looking for innovative, educational, and
"out of the box” proposals. 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:
Engage - Young Journalists and New Professionals: You've decided you want to be in this business. You've had your first internship or trying to get one. So, what do you do while you hone your skills and wait for that first full-time gig? Find a mentor, learn to maximize your skill-set and get advice about early career challenges. Or if you've landed that first job and you're trying to find your footing and secure that next great gig, this track is for you.
Immerse - Mid-career Movement and Culture Immersion: Looking for the skills to take your career to the next level? This track is for journalists with a few years in the business, but who need that extra lift to go the distance. Have you had just enough work experience to know you need some new skills to change directions? Do you need to learn how to manage up - or manage down? Need advice on salary negotiation, contracts, or making a move? This track will also help navigate the common pitfalls of office politics and direct your next steps. Learn how to stay sane and advance your career - all at the same time.
Specialize - Learning the 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, you live for sports, you want to hone your business acumen or explore politics in this election year, these sessions will dig deep into beat reporting and specialties. NABJ Task Forces are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for this track.
Inform - Communications and Media Professionals: The work of a communications practitioner often transcends the boundaries of a traditional newsroom or even traditional techniques and tactics. This
track is designed to inform attendees in various communication disciplines about industry shifts and trends. From academia to government to private industry to entrepreneurship, sessions will cover
innovative and creative programming. Proposal ideas should offer sessions related to transferable skills, brand journalism, corporate newsrooms, trends in content management, or crisis control in the digital space.
Learn - Technical and Fundamental Skills: This track is a crash course in the basics. Whether it's sharpening your writing skills, becoming a multimedia player, learning how to be a one-man band, self-branding, data visualization, or learning the ins and outs of social media and blogging, you will get hands-on, practical experience and walk away with he skills you need to up your game. Interactive proposals are strongly encouraged.
Know - Hot Topics: Did you hear about this … or did you know about that? We take on the pressing subjects affecting our journalism and communications industry and the African American community today. Whether it is breaking news or hot topics – we want you to be in the know. We'll talk about, debate, examine and discuss it all.
be reviewed based on the following criteria:
• Is the topic
innovative and relevant?
• 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
Submit your proposal
by Sunday, December 1, 2013. 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.
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
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.
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
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 on the day of their presentation only.
For specific questions, please contact
NABJ Manager Jannice Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click HERE to submit your Workshop Proposal form.
Presenter Only Form
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.
Click HERE to submit your Presenter Only form.
For more information