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2018 NABJ Region I Conference

4/13/2018 to 4/14/2018
When: April 13-14, 2018
Where: Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law, and New York University
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York  10012
United States
Contact: Johann Calhoun, NABJ Region I Director

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Johann Calhoun
NABJ Region I Director

Nicki Mayo
Deputy Director

Khristopher Brooks
Deputy Director

Aaron Morrison
Conference Chair


2018 NABJ Region I Conference
Global Diversity Summit

A synergy of best practices for a growing multicultural landscape in the digital age

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its 2018 Region 1 Conference April 13 and 14, 2018 in New York City. The Global Diversity Summit is bringing together hundreds of journalists, communication professionals and students from across the U.S. Northeast to attend the two-day conference. Titled the “Global Diversity Summit,” the conference will have a five-pronged approach:

  • National and international reporting and editing
  • Diversity coaching
  • Media training
  • Community engagement
  • Career advancement

The summit will focus on improving the industry’s coverage of America's diverse landscape, promoting international dialogue through stories and media coaching, and providing diversity training for all levels within the industry. This year the conference will spread across two days offering "Diversity & Management Training" for mid-level editors, supervisors and aspiring newsroom leaders and a return of last year's successful "Career Center," where companies and area graduate schools interview applicants on the spot.

It should come as no surprise that New York City is home to the headquarters of the world's most significant international organization: the United Nations. After all, the city itself is in essence a living United Nations. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report about NYC revealed an increasingly diverse and dynamic city with immigrants making up the majority of the residents in some neighborhoods.

All five boroughs illustrate this melting pot of cultures through activities, museums, stores and restaurants, where you can meet people of different countries, sample exotic cuisine and products, listen to international music and watch foreign films.

With almost 200 languages spoken, 40 percent of the N.Y.C. population was born outside of the United States. Combine the cultural and ethnic diversity of the residents with the hundreds of consulates, embassies and permanent U.N. missions and you have a cosmopolitan city unlike any other. Even the embassy-filled nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is downright homogeneous when compared to the ever-changing rainbow of worlds that is New York City.

Census projections indicate that minorities will become a majority in the U.S. by 2044. While some progress has been made in covering communities of color — it has not been enough.

Journalists often find it difficult to have open, honest conversations about race and ethnicity—even compared to other contentious newsroom issues, like gender imbalances—for fear of damaging relationships with editors or colleagues. The summit aims to improve on that, if not, provide solutions. Join us.

 Conference Schedule

Friday, April 13                       

The City University of New York's (CUNY)
Graduate School of Journalism
219 W. 40th St, New York, NY 10018
* Pre-application required for admission

8-8:30 a.m.     REGISTRATION

8:30 a.m.        Welcome and breakfast, courtesy of CUNY J+, the professional development program of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

9 a.m.             Ice breaker with Nicki Mayo, Digital Editor, The Philadelphia Tribune

9:15 a.m.        Self-awareness exercise with Marie Gilot, CUNY J+ director

9:40 a.m.        New management and leadership skills for journalists with Justin Ellis, former senior editor ESPN, S. Mitra Kalita, Vice President programming at CNN Digital, and Elena Bergeron, Editor in Chief SB Nation.

10:45 a.m.        Personal career goals with Benet J. Wilson, Vice President of Online News Association

11:30 a.m.        KEYNOTE - Rashida Jones, Senior Vice President at NBC News

10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.    CAREER CENTER & JOB INTERVIEWS
New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003   
10:30 a.m.        REGISTRATION

10:40 a.m.-Noon    Resume, Reel, Clip Critiques
*People who have scheduled an appointment get priority

Andrew Mambo | ESPN Podcast Producer
Denise Clay | Philadelphia Public Record Political Columnist
Diane Parker | Associated Press Director of Staffing & Diversity
Sylvan Solloway | NYU Journalism Career Services Director
Jason Samuels | NYU Director of Graduate Studies
Meredith Broussard | NYU Assistant Professor
Craigh Barboza | NYU Career Services Specialist
Mercheley Beuns | Fox News Recruitment Director
Barbara Cattaneo | Fox News Senior Recruiter

Noon-1 p.m.        How to Break Into Journalism and Climb the Ranks!
Four NYU Journalism MA alums share their stories and tips for success.

Moderator: James McBride, NYU Professor
Panelists: Ian Blair of Bleacher Report; Contessa Gayles of CNN; Greg Howard of The New York Times; and Jordan Rolling of BET and VICE

* Lunch is served

1-3 p.m.         Job Fair Interviews
* Mandatory appointments

Participating Companies:
The New York Times
Fox News
WCBS-2 New York
The Wall Street Journal
New York Amsterdam News
NJ Advance Media: (, Star Ledger,, Inside Jersey and Hunterdon County Democrat)
The New Yorker
The Associated Press
North Jersey Media Group
Consumer Reports
Manhattan Neighborhood Network

3 to 4 p.m.        Job Fair Continues
* No appointments necessary for this hour

6 to 9 p.m.         OPENING RECEPTION
Bloomberg Headquarters
731 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10022

Special Guest Speaker:
Deesha Dyer, Former White House Social Secretary for U.S. President Barack Obama w / interview by Karen Toulon of Bloomberg News

Entertainment: Afrikumba Utibe Drummers
Refreshments served
* Must RSVP for this event       

Saturday, April 14

8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.     GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Vanderbilt Hall
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012
* On-site registration available

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.      BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION
Lobby outside of Greenberg Lounge

9:30-10 a.m.          WELCOME
Location: Greenberg Lounge

Honoring NABJ Founder Les Payne and former NYABJ Chapter President Michael Feeney
MORNING KEYNOTE - Zain Ejiofor Asher, CNN International

10-11 a.m.          PRESENTATION
I. Newsday: Media for the 21st Century and Beyond
Room 204
Sponsor: Newsday

Joye Brown, Newsday columnist

Debby Krenek, publisher of Newsday
Deborah Henley, Newsday editor
Monte Young, Newsday assistant managing editor
Khristopher Brooks, Newsday reporter
Keith Herbert, Newsday investigative reporter

Panel will cover topics, including the convergence of traditional and digital media, how to obtain the necessary skills and technological know-how to become indispensable journalists and storytellers for the 21st century. The outlet’s metrics show that Long Islanders want local coverage and watchdog journalism. The company has made its mark for decades with good old fashion shoe leather working the streets to the courthouse. Newsday is the place to be where reporters tell stories in many ways.
Newsday staff does podcast, Facebook Live, shoot video for stories and use all social media tools available to enhance the quality and content of the multimedia brand that is Newsday.

II. Women Breaking The Glass Ceiling in Media
Room 210

A talk with Kim Godwin, Vice President of News, CBS Network interviewed by Dorothy Tucker, NABJ VP-Broadcast and reporter for CBS-Chicago

"Don't be afraid to ask for what you want." That's the motto Kim Godwin lives by and why she's the first African-American woman in the history of CBS to hold the title Vice President of News. This Emmy Award-winning journalist, HBCU graduate and mother of two talks about how to excel in the male-dominated management track, balancing career and family, and finding the courage to "ask for what you want."

11-11:45 a.m.       WORKSHOPS
I. Covering Africa and the Caribbean, Stateside and Abroad
Room 204
Sponsor: Bahamas Events International Ltd.

Frankie Edozien, NYU associate professor, “Reporting Africa” program

Rochelle Riley, award-winning journalist and author of The Burden
Djibrill Diallo, president and CEO of African Renaissance and Diaspora Network, Inc.
Melissa Noel,  reporter and host at Caribbean Television Network

How journalists can make Africa and the Caribbean a central part of their body of work, wherever the reporter finds him or herself. Whether covering the impact of chattel slavery on African-Americans or working on the ground on the continent, any reporter in a major market should be on the lookout for the Africa tie-in.

II. Targeting Our Audience: Cracking the Facebook Algorithm and Elevating Diverse Voices
Room: 220

Melony Roy, social media editor, CBS Philly

There are a growing number of ways to distribute news content to readers and viewers. But which one has the most promise, and how do you leverage those platforms to reach the desired audience and elevate new voices? This is a high-level session for analytics and audience managers and producers. The panelists will tell war stories about the Facebook algorithm, which has made it harder for publishers and influencers to reach audiences. And they’ll divulge best practices for reaching readers and viewers with content that matters to them and that elevates diverse perspectives.

Rameez Tase, Axios
Duanecia Evans, The Seventh Suite

12-12:45 p.m.         PRESENTATIONS
I. NABJ President Digital Seminar
Room 210

Sarah Glover, NABJ President

Presentation by NABJ President Sarah Glover on Digital Strategies. She'll discuss the future of digital journalism, how social media impacts the news cycle and the top tools for newsrooms looking for new ways to reach readers and viewers..
II. GOOGLE Tools Seminar: Google Translate
Room: 204

Michelle Johnson, associate professor of journalism, Boston University

Whether you’re working on a story halfway around the world, or in a neighborhood across town, you may find yourself in a situation where you need help bridging a language gap. Learn how Google Translate and your mobile phone can help.

12:50–1:50 p.m.     LUNCH
Special Presentation In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

From Dr. King and Memphis to Black Panther and Wakanda:
A lecture by author and activist Kevin Powell of British GQ Magazine
Location: Greenberg Lounge

Sponsor: Visit Philadelphia

2-2:45 p.m.          WORKSHOPS
I. #WakandaForever: Reclaiming the Essence of Visual Storytelling
Room: 210
Sponsor: NABJ Visual Taskforce

Jarrad Henderson, Producer, Video Franchises and Special Projects Team, USA TODAY

Representation in front of and behind the camera is exceptionally important when documenting communities of color. The Black Panther phenomena has underscored some harsh realities about how decision makers value photo and video storytelling. Join the NABJ Visual Task Force as it shares some tools, strategies and resources that you can use to get the most out of your photos and videos.

Regine Gilbert, User Experience Design Consultant, Speaker
Melissa Bunni Elian, Visual Journalist
Idris Talib Solomon, Creative Director/Photographer

II. Pitch, Practice, Perspective: Understanding the importance of influence and power of multicultural markets
Room: 204

Moderator: Haniyyah Sharpe Brown, On Point Communications

Hear from expert communications and public relations professionals on understanding the importance of influence and power of multicultural markets, diversifying the communications workforce — and what that means for collaborative opportunities with journalists and newsrooms. Experts will also discuss impact, crisis communications and messaging from a global perspective.

Desiree Peterkin-Bell, President and CEO, DPBell & Associates
Shelley Spector, President, Spector Corporate Communication
Neilia Stephens, Principal, Conway

III. All Info, No Shade: Covering the LGBTQ Community 101
Room: 220

Sponsor: Gay City News

Ernest Owens, Editor of G Philly, Philadelphia Magazine; Columnist for Black Entertainment Television

Darnell Moore, Editor at Large for Cassius Life
Denise James, Veteran News Reporter and Organizational Communications Director for the Philadelphia Police Department

Description: Covering the LGBTQ community with accuracy, timeliness, and respect isn't as hard as one may assume. This info session will give you updated information and perspective from a dynamic panel of industry experts and professionals. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get facts you need to cover a newsworthy demographic within the diaspora.

3-3:45 p.m.          WORKSHOPS
I. The Black Press: Covering the African Diaspora
Room 204

Sponsor: NABJ Black Press Taskforce and New York Amsterdam News
Tene Croom, Chair, NABJ Black Press Task Force

Elinor Tatum, Publisher, New York Amsterdam News
Ann Tripp, News Director, WBLS-FM
Karl Rodney, Publisher/CEO, Carib News
Wendy Wilson, Managing Editor, The Grio

Panelists will talk about the ever-changing news landscape and discuss how the African-American media strives to give a balanced and transparent representation of people of color.

II. You Sure About That? Perfecting Fact Checking
Sponsor: The New Yorker

Melvin Backman, fact-checker, The New Yorker

Natalie Meade, fact-checker, The New Yorker
Anakwa Damena, fact-checker, The New Yorker

How to increase accuracy in your reporting and your newsroom, from fact-checkers at The New Yorker.
III. #TakeAKnee: When Sports, Race and Social Causes Collide
Room 210

Trymaine Lee, MSNBC Correspondent

The moment former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick clarified his decision to not stand for the singing of the national anthem, the story instantly became more than just sports news. So what should journalists do when sports, race and social justice collide? Panelists will answer that question and talk about the importance of newsroom diversity for moments like #TakeAKnee.

Tyler Tynes, writer, SB Nation
Rhiannon Walker, writer, ESPN’s The Undefeated

4-4:45 p.m.          WORKSHOPS
I. The Business of Landing A Job: A reporter's notebook on career success at The Wall Street Journal
Room 210

Sponsor: The Wall Street Journal
Marie Beaudette, Assistant Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Kimberly Johnson, Professional Products Editor
Lee Hawkins, Video Reporter and Editor
Shazna Nessa, Global Visuals Editor
Bowdeya Tweh, Spot News Editor

What experiences get you noticed before you get in the door? What skills and expertise help to ensure a thriving, rewarding journalism career? Are there distinctive professional and personal qualities that give job candidates a competitive hiring edge? Join a panel of WSJ journalists for a candid, constructive discussion about seeking employment and charting your career path at The Journal.
II. We Are Muslims, Too: Covering Faith, Immigration and Anti-Muslim Bigotry in the era of the Muslim Ban
Room 204

Aliya Khabir, AZK Communications

Michael Days, Philadelphia Media Network
Zakia Mathews, producer, WPVI 6 Philadelphia

This panel will discuss best practices for news professionals to engage the Muslim American community and report fairly, building mutual respect.

III. Artificial Unintelligence: The Rise of Disinformation and Fake News
Room 220

Sponsor: New York University Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism

Presented by Meredith Broussard, NYU Data Journalism Professor

Our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous number of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally—hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners—that we have stopped asking hard questions about whether our technological choices are moving us toward a better world. In this talk, Meredith Broussard, a data journalism professor at NYU, explores social issues like the rise of disinformation, the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, autonomous car deaths, and online harassment through a computational lens. Broussard argues that these social ills can be understood as arising from a kind of bias called technochauvinism that sees computational solutions as superior to all others. In her new book, Artificial Unintelligence, she suggests that if we interrogate the assumption that computers are always better than people, and acknowledge the fundamental limits of what we can do with technology, we can make better choices about what we should do with it to make the world better for everyone.


5:15-6:30 p.m.     KEYNOTE

Tishman Auditorium

Sponsor: The New York Times
Allison Davis, NABJ Founder and Executive Director of Arts Horizons

Chirlane McCray, writer, editor and First Lady of New York City
Monica Drake, assistant managing editor, The New York Times
Rev. Calvin O. Butts, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church (Harlem)and President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury
Bryan Monroe, Verizon chair and professor at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication

A thoughtful discussion about the #MeToo movement and how public officials, publications and journalists can ensure workplace sexual harassment and abuse isn’t allowed to fester in plain sight. Panelists will also discuss ways for newsrooms to elevate the stories of women and men of color who are victims of harassment and abuse.

7:30–9 p.m.         CLOSING RECEPTION
151 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Sponsor: Bahamas Events International, Ltd.

10:30 p.m.-3 a.m.     NIGHT IN THE CITY
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

Sunday, April 15

11 a.m.         CHURCH SERVICE

Abyssinian Baptist Church (Harlem)
132 W 138th St, New York, NY 10030
Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and Malcolm X Blvd.


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*Diversity & Management Training and Career Center are included in the registration. Opening reception is not included in the registration fee.

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Hotel Reservations

The Ridge Hotel
151 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
Main: 212-777-0012

To make your hotel reservation, please contact The Ridge Hotel at 212-777-0012. Reference "National Association of Black Journalists" or "NABJ" to receive the discounted standard room rate of $160/night.
Make your reservation early to ensure you stay at the conference hotel. Discounted reservations are based on availability.


MTA's F train is the required and most affordable means of travel in Manhattan. F train stops are in short walking distance to all conference activities.


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