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2011 NABJ Convention - Friday
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2011

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION
& WELCOME CENTER
Location: Broad Street Foyer

Make sure to visit the registration & welcome center for all of your convention materials. Sign up for special events, including the golf tournament, the 5k Walk / Run, and purchase tickets to the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala and Saturday Gospel Brunch.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
HEALTHY
NABJ: MORNING WORKOUT
Location:

Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness party” that is downright addictive.

Since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness has become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly classes in more than 90,000 locations across more than 110 countries.

Zerline Hughes, Zumba Instructor, Washington D.C.

7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
BREAKFAST
: Building Wealth In Tough Times
Powered by Prudential Financial
Location: 122AB

The U.S. economy continues to suffer from the effects of the Great Recession. Many Americans have felt the blow directly to their own financial security. The recession has had a disproportionate impact on the African American community. Yet there are still many opportunities to maximize wealth. Join us and hear from an expert panel of personal finance and retirement thought leaders about tips and strategies for covering the issues and achieving financial success.

Moderator: Sharon Epperson, CNBC

Panelists:
Mark Hug, Prudential Financial
Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post
Valerie Coleman Morris, Financial Literacy Journalist
Ivory Johnson, CNBC.com

7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
BREAKFAST
: NABJKIDS COUNT
Powered by the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Location: 121AB

This informative panel will offer a look inside the nation’s leading data resource on the well-being of children across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Panelists from the Annie E. Casey Foundation will describe the inner workings of the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and Essay and give participants a preview of the 2011 essay message, "America’s Children, America’s Challenge: Promoting Opportunity for the Next Generation,” to be released to the media on August 17. The Data Book is particularly useful in showing how states rank compared to others in key indicators of well-being related to health, economic measures and education levels, especially for those who are most at-risk.

The session will offer participants an opportunity to pose questions and learn more about how to access and interpret what the newest data tell us about the nation’s most vulnerable – families and children of color who are living at or below the poverty level – and what policy decisions can and should be considered in this climate of hard choices.

Lisa M. Hamilton, Vice President, External Affairs, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Laura Speer, Associate Director, Policy Reform and Data, Annie E. Casey Foundation

7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
BREAKFAST
: HEALTHY NABJ: THE LAST CIVIL RIGHT: HEALTH EQUITY FOR ALL
Powered by Aetna Foundation
Location: 120BC

People of color are more likely to be sicker, suffer more chronic diseases and receive lower quality health care. Why do racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care stubbornly persist in our health-care system? How will health-care reform improve health care for all? What innovations in local communities are driving change? Hear a lively discussion about the current state of health equity and the most promising advancements in repairing our fractured health-care system.

Moderator: Andrea King Collier, Freelance Health Journalist
Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, President, Aetna Foundation

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CAREER
FAIR & EXHIBITION/ HEALTHY NABJ PAVILION
Location: Exhibit Hall E

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NABJ
AUTHORS SHOWCASE & BOOKSTORE
Powered by News Corporation
Location: Exhibit Hall E

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
THE
CHILL SPOT: CYBER CAFÉ AND MEMBERSHIP LOUNGE
Powered by Rent-A-Center
Location: Exhibit Hall E

The Chill Spot is the place for journalists, entrepreneurs, students and all media professionals to meet up and collaborate. Take a break, chill and drink from a fountain of information. Check your email and charge your mobile devices. A cool moment in time thanks to Rent-A-Center.

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
INTERACTIVE
SESSIONS II

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
A
WORKING JOURNALIST’S GUIDE: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION INSIDERS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN ON DEADLINE
Location: 121C

Whether on deadline or considering an upcoming administration or political story, you will already be behind the eight-ball if you don’t know all or some of these listed government press officials. Will you spend your entire deadline time searching for an official response or quote, or will your contacts from this career-enhancing session put you in line for an award-winning story?

Hear directly from these top administration officials on the current and looming headline issues that will be coming out of the White House Executive Office, Treasury, HHS, Education, the Environmental Protection Agency and HUD over the next 18 months. This is a blockbuster session that most working journalists will not want to miss.

Kevin Lewis , Director of African American Media, The White House
Adora Andy, Deputy Associate Administrator, the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education
Daren Briscoe, Deputy Press Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Jesse Moore, Special Assistant for Public Affairs Director, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Anthony Coley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
ENTERPRISE
JOURNALISM: DATA VISUALIZATION AND MINING STORIES
Location: 115A

Millions of stories are sitting as long as you know how to sift through the data. Learn how to enterprise and dig up stories worth gold including geo-location, geo-mapping and geo-tagging. How can I use Internet tools to help the audience see and experience my story?

Kim Pearson, The College of New Jersey
Tahir Hemphill, Hip Hop Database
Michael J. Feeney, Staff Writer, New York Daily News

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
SYLLABUS
EXCHANGE
Location: 115C

This session will teach participants how to create a syllabus, set up an online classroom and provide participants with best exercises and practices in the classroom.

Wayne Dawkins, Hampton University
Bonnie Newman Davis, Virginia Commonwealth University
Yolanda McCutchin, Claflin University
Herbert Lowe, Marquette University

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
ELECTION
2012: COVERING THE DIGITAL CAMPAIGN
Powered by CNN

Location: 118C

Defining your strategy for getting coverage out accurately and quickly is critical for any political season. With so many politicians, campaign managers and strategists now working to engage and target voters through social media, journalists must work hard to sift through the noise and find the nuggets that will set their coverage apart. CNN’s journalists — on TV and in digital media — will give you the scoop behind their strategy for getting and distributing news using the critical tool of social media and digital storytelling.

TJ Holmes, Anchor, CNN
Sam Feist, Washington Bureau Chief, CNN

Bryan Monroe, Editor, CNNPolitics.com
Emily Atkinson, Producer, The Situation Room
Martina Stewart, Producer, AC360
Bill Burton, Former Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
THE
MASTERS CLASS: TIPS AND TRICKS FROM VETERAN JOURNALISTS
Location: 115B

In order to use all the journalism skills you learned in college, you need a job. Learn tips and tricks you’ll need to find and keep a job in broadcast, print and new media.

Bob Butler, Reporter, KCBS Radio and Vice President-Broadcast, NABJ
Mary Cavallaro, Assistant National Executive Director for Broadcast, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Holly Edgell, Regional Editor, Patch.com
Suzanne Malveaux, Anchor, CNN
Cloves Campbell, President, National Newspapers Publishers Association

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
THE
FUTURE OF THE NEWSROOM: WHAT’S NEXT AND WHAT CAN NEWS LEARN?
Powered by Comcast/NBCUniversal
Location: 118A

Newsrooms across the country are trying new things. What’s working? What’s not? What will they do next? And who else is leading the game-changing business. Get tips to improve your news organization.

Celeste Stein, Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University
Steve Capus, President, NBC News
Rob King, Senior Vice President, Editorial, ESPN Print and Digital Media
Mark Russell, Editor, Orlando Sentinel
Rick Hancock, Digital Editorial Manager, Hartford Courant and Fox CT Television
Kate Marymount, Vice President of News in USCP, Gannett

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
VIRTUALLY
FREE: THE BLACK PRESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Location: 119B

Almost every news organization has to have a web presence to be considered credible. How has the internet impacted the black press, its structural and ownership patterns? Over the past three years, legacy media giants and individuals have launched news sites geared toward African Americans. Hear experts and visionaries discuss how these online news-sites are tapping into an appetite not easily satisfied by mainstream media. See how past practices of the black press operate differently in the present technological environment and see how you can help determine whether its future will be fraught with possibility or peril.

Ava Greenwell, Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Gary Anthony Ramsay, President and CEO, Our News Now
Donna Byrd, Publisher, theRoot.com
Irv Randolph, Managing Editor, The Philadelphia Tribune
Darrell Williams, CEO, theloop21.com

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
CREATING
A PIPELINE: HIRING DIVERSE TALENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Powered by Google
Location: 117

This panel will explore the intersections of media and technology companies as they work to promote diversity in the workplace and beyond, with a focus on the black community. The discussion will walk through the life cycle of a new hire by examining how to find top talent by maintaining brand equity with universities and partnership organizations. There will also be a focus on growing talent once they are employed and providing innovative and robust programming to continue development. Finally, the panel will give their views on how their companies keep diverse employees by cultivating talent pools, serving business needs and supporting the black community beyond their own walls.

LaFawn Davis Bailey, Global Diversity Talent and Inclusion, Google
Michele Thornton, Director of Multi-cultural Sales, CNN

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
JOURNALISM
FELLOWSHIPS: A POWERFUL TOOL TO SHAPE YOUR CAREER DESTINY
Location: 118B

What a Fellowship! Hear from NABJ Fellowship winners who used the yearlong programs at Harvard, Stanford and Michigan to shape their journalism destinies and learn what you can do to help secure one too.

Callie Crossley, Host and Executive Editor, The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH 89.7 and Program Manager, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Lynnette Clemetson, Director, Digital Content Strategy, Pew Center on the States
Diane Cardwell, Metro Reporter, New York Times
Ernie Suggs, Political Reporter, Atlanta Journal Constitution

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
PITCH
ME YOUR BEST SHOT
Location: 119A

PR professionals will have 2 minutes to pitch their story, product or client to a panel of producers from national media outlets.

Gabrielle M. Lee, Account Supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard
Kim Bardakian, Sr. Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, The Cathedral of Christ the Light
Bob Meadows, Deputy Managing Editor, Essence
Catherine McKenzie, Senior Producer, ABC Good Morning America
Trymaine Lee, Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post
Tatsha Robertson, Senior Editor, People Magazine

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
NABJ
BUSINESS MEETING
Location: 116

The NABJ Board of Directors discuss the state of NABJ. The discussion includes statements by NABJ leaders and questions from members.

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
BROWN
BAG LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LUNCH
AND LEARN: HEALTHY NABJ: "HIV/AIDS: 30 YEARS LATER
Location: 121AB

HIV/AIDS continues to be an epidemic in the black community. In this session, journalists will hear from those on the front lines with real-life stories about people impacted by the disease. The panel is designed to answer the questions: "Where are we now in the fight to prevent the disease three decades later?” "Who is at risk and how can we get more people tested?” and "How do we address the health disparities in the treatment of HIV/AIDS?” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and one in five people (21 percent) don’t know they have it. The annual number of new HIV infections continues at too high a level with more than 55,000 new cases reported each year. You don’t want to miss this important interactive session with the latest information on one of the world’s most significant health problems.

Kellee Terrell, Health Blogger, BET.com and News Editor, TheBody.com
Phil Wilson, Founder and Executive Director, Black AIDS Institute
Dazon Diallo, Founder and President, SisterLove Inc.
Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller, Enon Baptist Church, Philadelphia
Dr. Donna Hubbard-McCree, Associate Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LUNCH
AND LEARN: EMANCIPATION 4.0: RECONNECTING AFRICAN AMERICANS TO THE HOMELAND
Powered by the Africa Channel
Location: 122AB

Emancipation. Jim Crow. Civil Rights. Repatriation. Not since Marcus Garvey’s "Back to Africa” movement in the early 1900s, have there been so many efforts to reconnect African Americans with Mother Africa and redefine the legacy of being black in America. Consider the significance of the United Nations’ announcement proclaiming 2011 as the "International Year for People of African Descent” – a declaration endorsed by the U.S. State Department. Or the paradox that in the same year that Barack Obama became the first person of African descent to become President of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives formally apologized to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow. Then there’s the science of DNA testing, a virtually infallible tool in tracing the roots of Africa’s descendants back to the specific ethnic group of their ancestors. Since its formation in 2003, African Ancestry, the Washington, D.C., company with the largest database of African DNA samples, has helped over 100,000 African Americans discover their African roots. On the African continent, meanwhile, a number of countries — including Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal — are welcoming African Americans home with offers of land, business opportunities, dual citizenship and a chance to rediscover their heritage. Are African Americans now ready to put the legacy of slavery aside and reconnect with the motherland? Is it a passing trend or heartfelt desire? Will Africans embrace the reconnection effort? A panel of notables with unique perspectives on these questions will examine the driving forces behind this growing phenomena. At the conclusion of the session, African Ancestry’s president and co-founder, Gina Paige will reveal the African roots of several prominent NABJ members and notable individuals from the Philadelphia area.

Bob Reid, Executive Vice President and General Manager, the Africa Channel
Andrew Young, UN Ambassador
Steve Cohen, Congressman (TN) and authored House legislation apologizing for slavery
Avline Ava, Founder, ARK Jammers
Stanley Straughter, Chairman, Board of Constituency For Africa
Les Payne, Former Editor, Newsday National

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LUNCH
AND LEARN: TOP TECH TRENDS FOR JOURNALISTS
Location: 120BC

Webbmedia Group (http://www.webbmediagroup.com)is a digital strategy and corporate training agency. For the past five years, Amy Webb has been offering her 10 Tech Trends presentation at conferences worldwide. In these standing-room-only sessions, she outlines 10 trends that are going to make a big impact in the coming year, explains how and why they matter to and for journalists, and then shows practical use cases…often applying the technologies to individual audience members during her talk.

Amy Webb, CEO, Webbmedia Group

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
"
TRINITY GOODHEART” SCREENING"
Powered by GMC NETWORKS
Location: 114 Lecture Hall

Based on an original screenplay written by Rhonda Baraka (Pastor Brown), Trinity Goodheart is the inspiring and heartwarming story of a smart, independent young girl (Erica Gluck) being raised by her single, free-spirited musician father (Eric Benét). Finding comfort in creating decorative paper angels that provide inspiration to her and the patrons of Mr. Kwon’s Deli and Bookstore where she and her father work, Trinity begins to make peace with the fact that her unconventional father and her friend and confidant Mr. Kwon (James Hong) may be the only family she ever knows. But when an angel visits and tasks her to find the missing half of a broken heart pendant that once belonged to her long-lost mother, Trinity embarks on a mission to find her mom and uncover the truth about her parents’ complicated past. Discovering both sides of her estranged family are alive and accomplished, but missing a deeper sense of connection and purpose, she attempts to use her charm to encourage them to set aside their differences and come together as a family to bring her mother home.

TRINITY GOODHEART can be seen exclusively on GMC TV Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. EST.

Moderator:
TJ Holmes, CNN

Panelists:
Eric Benét, Actor/Singer-Songwriter
Rhonda Baraka, Screenwriter
Paul Butler, GMC Senior Vice President/General Counsel

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
INTERACTIVE
SESSIONS III

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
NABJ
AUTHORS SHOWCASE: BEYOND JOURNALISM 101-EXPLORING OTHER GENRES BEYOND THE WORKPLACE
Location: Exhibit Hall E

Many journalists are taking their talents to other genres. This panel explores the important points to ensure that the transition to fiction writing and self- help genres is a successful one.

Karen Quinones Miller, Journalist and Author, An Angry Ass Black Woman
Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Author, Wench
Natalie McNeal, Founder and Author, The Frugalista Files
Sophia Nelson, Journalist and Author, Black Women Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
THE
POLITICS OF RACE: GET PAID, IT’S NO JOKE
Location: 121C

When President Obama had to produce his birth certificate for Donald Trump, political comedians hired themselves to trump, Trump. Whether serious or through satire, delivering political news is an art. This entrepreneurial panel shares how to use your journalistic skills to create a political enterprise for capital gain.

Roland Martin, CNN and TV One
Baratunde Thurston, The Onion and JackandJillPolitics.com
Danielle Belton, The BlackSnob
Toure X, Author of "Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? A Look At What It Means To Be Black Now.”
Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, Tulane University

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
HEALTHY
NABJ: IS YOUR JOB KILLING YOU?
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company
Location: 116

Today’s journalists face immense pressure. Besides worrying each day about making deadline and staying on top of the competition, we are confronted with unimaginable stress, fear and anxiety from dealing with difficult managers and sources. Besides that, we’re managing three and four "jobs” when we were hired for one. To make it even worse, we are concerned about the constant threat of layoffs, buyouts and firings. To handle it all, we self-medicate with unhealthy foods, alcohol and sometimes secretly indulge in other substances. All this can lead to situational depression, other mental health issues, and declining physical health. Too often, we suffer in silence because we’re afraid to appear weak or vulnerable. If you’ve ever had to cross troubled waters in the newsroom, come to this interactive session to learn how to cope with some of the toughest times in the industry

Kimberly Hayes Taylor, Independent Health Journalist, Detroit
Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, Founder, Hispanic Food Communications
Dr. Rovenia M. Brock, African-American nutritionist
Dr. Ian Smith, TV’s popular medical and diet expert
Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett, Psychologist, Kent State and Author, "Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear”

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
BLOGGING
AND BEYOND
Location: 115A

What makes a good blog? How can you develop and promote your own? What are online venues looking for and just how can you make your work stand out from all the rest? Get the basics on blogging. Do you know what works and what doesn’t? Discuss hot topics or potential niche concepts.

Markette Smith, Multimedia Journalist and Social Media Correspondent, CTVNEWS
Dan Farber, Editor in Chief, CBS Interactive
Neal Scarbrough, Senior Director/Digital Media, Corporate Communications, Comcast Corporation

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
SMART
REPORTING WITH YOUR MULTIMEDIA PHONE: VIDEO AND BEYOND
Location: 115C

This workshop is designed to give attendees an overview of the technology and applications that allow people to share visual content with their mobile devices. It will provide examples of journalists who’ve used their mobile phones to capture and share content including: live streaming, breaking news situations, citizen journalism and will provide ideas about how newsrooms and reporters can leverage mobile video.

Serbino Sandifer Walker, Professor, Texas Southern University and Multimedia Director, KTSU
Amani Channel, Senior Producer, KEF Media Associates
Malik Singleton, Independent Producer

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
INTRODUCTION
TO VISUAL JOURNALISM
Location: 119A

This session will provide a look at the tools and techniques required for video journalists today. The focus will be on the various devices that producers and reporters can use to get their story from here to there. Learn advice on framing shots, feeding back video and audio.

Mike Wuebben, Senior Producer, CBS News.com
Arden Farhi, Video Journalist, CBS News

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
ETHICAL
DILEMMAS IN REAL TIME
Location: 115B

In the digital age, ethical issues range from the representation of different groups to online privacy issues. Precedents continue to be set on and off line. Journalists have to know what they don’t know when it comes to boundaries, laws and ethics in the virtual space. In this session, several case studies will be shared and the audience will determine the outcomes before the final verdict.

Cheryl Smith, Editor-at-Large, The Dallas Weekly and Executive Producer/Host, DFWiRadio/KKDA-AM
Jonathan Adams, Public Information Officer, Lambda Legal
Joel Dreyfuss, Managing Editor, theRoot.com
Sherrese Smith, senior counsel and legal advisor to Chairman Julius Genachowski
Kimberley McLeod, Media Field Strategist, GLAAD Communities of African Descent
Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Editor, The Associated Press

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
ONLINE
TO ON-AIR: THEGRIO’S OP-ED TRAINING
Powered by Comcast/NBCUniversal
Location: 119B

Veteran journalists, theGrio.com contributors & MSNBC commentators will outline how to construct an opinion piece that’s editorially sound, can engage an online community & can spark the curiosity of major media outlets. This workshop will cover how to speak in sound bytes & basic media training.

Jeff Johnson, Senior Correspondent, theGrio.com and MSNBC Contributor
David Wilson, Managing Editor ,TheGrio.com
Yvette Miley, Vice President and Executive Editor, MSNBC
Goldie Taylor, MSNBC Contributor and Managing Editor, The Goldie Taylor Project
David Love, Executive Editor, BlackCommentator.com
Robert Traynham, Host and Moderator, Roll Call with Robert Traynham

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
IT’S
YOUR BEAT WHETHER YOU THINK SO OR NOT: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING
Location: 118B

With the continuing increase in inmate populations, the racial disparities impacting communities of color, and nearly every state experiencing a budget deficit, reporters – finance reporters, general assignment reporters and producers, business reporters, in addition to cops and court reporters – are finding themselves at the forefront of covering prisons and jails. Learn how to find the facts and provide investigative pieces with a wealth of data on crime, race and the constitution.

Zerline Hughes, Communications Manager, Justice Policy Institute
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Law
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorofChange.org
Darryl Washington, Attorney, Dallas
Steven Gray, Washington Correspondent, Time Magazine

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
CREATING
CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICA
Powered by Gannett Foundation
Location: 118A

Gannett’s Civil Rights in America: Connections to a Movement website chronicles the history of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes and the voice of the unsung heroes. This dynamic website updates continually with news and video features, and includes digitized newspaper pages, historical content, rare photos and documents on the Civil Rights Movement. Learn how to replicate a project of this magnitude.

Nichelle Smith, Custom Content Editor and Site Manager, Civil Rights in America: Connections to a Movement , Gannett/USA TODAY
Jennifer Carroll, Vice-President of Content, Gannett Digital
Ronnie Agnew, Executive Director, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Jerry Mitchell, Investigative reporter and 2009 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Clarion-Ledger, Jackson (Miss.)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
LOOK
WHO’S TALKING: INTERVIEWS GONE VIRAL
Powered by Gannett Foundation
Location: 118C

The key to getting eyeballs to follow that amazing interview you did with that A-list celebrity isn’t just about placement on a page, news program or on the Web; it’s about using your interviewing skills to get that amazing dish that will have tongues wagging. Top entertainment journalists talk about what it takes to really get that interview to be a newsmaker.

Nekesa Moody, Music Editor, Associated Press
Kelley L. Carter, Entertainment Journalist
Bob Meadows, Deputy Editor, Essence
Jermaine Hall, Editor in Chief, VIBE Magazine
Lola Ogunnaike, Cultural Correspondent

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
MIDEAST
TRANSFORMATION
Powered by Al Jazeera
Location: 117

As you read this a series of events that began in Tunisia and have swept across the Mideast and Northern Africa have been nothing short of revolutionary and NABJ members have been among those witnessing them. We take you behind the scenes of how the mideast transformation was covered, the issues involved and what the ongoing challenges are from a policy and journalistic standpoint.

Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera Network, English Language Channel via Skype from Cairo
Sherine Tadros, Al Jazeera Network, English Language Channel via Skype from Cairo
Shayla Harris, Video Producer, The New York Times
Ron Allen, NBC News correspondent, NBC News
Rosiland Jordan, State/Defense Correspondent, Al Jazeera Network English Language Channel
Jeff Ballou, Congressional Producer, Al Jazeera Network English Language Channel

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
THE
FUTURE OF BLACK-OWNED MEDIA PLENARY
Location: Terrace Ballroom

As America grows increasingly diverse and the amount of media consumed by black and brown faces grows, so too will the demands about proper representation of people of color in media ownership. A panel of esteemed media executives sits down to have a candid discussion about the future of black-owned media. What can be done to combat declining minority radio and television ownership? What can be done to boost cable system ownership? How can black-owned companies leverage increased interest in Internet media and social media to start successful black owned multimedia companies?

Johnathan Rodgers Chief Executive Officer and President, TV One
Paula Madison, Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal
Sheila Johnson, Strategic Advisor for Multicultural and African-American Initiatives, AOL Huffington Post Media
Payne Brown, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Comcast Corporation

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SPORTS
PIONEER AWARDS CEREMONY
Location: 119A

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SPEED
MENTORING NETWORKING RECEPTION
Location: 115C

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MICHELLE
OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA
Powered by BET
Location: 118C

BET News/Docs takes viewers inside the First Lady’s motorcade as she takes her family and her bold initiatives global, retracing the struggle against apartheid and renewing the American commitment to supporting a free, democratic and prosperous South Africa. In this half-hour television special, Michelle Obama speaks personally and directly to the BET audience about the importance of connecting to the world beyond US borders and the special link between the struggle for freedom in the US and Africa. It’s an inspiring adventure in high level diplomacy and a rare glimpse into the world of First Family.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
THE
JOY ROAD PROJECT SCREENING
Powered by 99 Ways Entertainment and Blazar Media Group
Location: 118A

The film Joy Road is a mainstream movie telling the story of a fictional corporation for whom necessity dictates that legislators pass laws that will keep privately- owned prisons at a capacity that will ensure profitability. The Joy Road "App” offers information about a similar real-life entity and enables users to become active in fighting against and impacting the effectiveness of this organization. Also, in addition to addressing the prison industrial complex, Joy Road examines other issues within the black community such as middle class identity, the role of black professionals as well as who is to blame for our issues. Come join us and share your views as we discuss these issues; how they relate to one another; and what the Joy Road Project is doing about it.

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
NABJ
ELECTIONS NEWS CONFERENCE
Location:120A

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
NABJ
PRESENTS: DISNEY CELEBRATES DREAMS SHOW AND RECEPTION
Powered by Disney World Resort
Location: Terrace Ballroom

Disney Parks invites you to a celebration of dreams come true! "Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine" turns five and to mark this important milestone Grammy award winning singer Yolanda Adams and other special guests take center stage for an unforgettable heart warming program, followed by a news maker reception.

10:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA
CHAPTER PARTY
PABJ
presents "Philly LOVE
Location: Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) presents "Philly LOVE,” a party during the 36th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair. This party is an 18 to enter, 21 to drink event.

DJ Questlove of The Roots will be among the Philly artists performing as well as Kindred the Family Soul, and DJ Diamond Kuts. Conventioneers and community members alike are welcome to attend. This party is open to the public. Join the country’s foremost journalists as we party with a purpose! Proceeds benefit student scholarships and PABJ’s Philly-area community programs.

TICKET PRICES:
Go to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets.
$25 General Admission/Public
$20 NABJ Conventioneers Rate
(To obtain the NABJ Conventioneer rate, you must buy via Ticketmaster and use "NABJ” as the passcode)
$30 Day of Door Sales

TRANSPORTATION FOR NABJ CONVENTIONEERS:
There will be trolleys ready to transport NABJ Conventioneers from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel (12th & Market) to the Electric Factory starting at 10:00 p.m and returning through 3:00 a.m. YOU MUST HAVE A CONVENTION BADGE TO BOARD THE TROLLEY.

PARKING and OTHER TRANSPORTATION:
There’s a parking lot ($10 cash) and street parking nearby. Cabs will be accessible if needed.

Everyone will be carded. Bring ID.
This is a cash-only facility. ATM on premises.

 

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