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2019 NABJ Region I Conference

4/12/2019 to 4/14/2019
When: April 12-14, 2019
Where: Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
546 E. Queen Street
Hampton University
Hampton, VA  23668
United States
Contact: Johann Calhoun, NABJ Region I Director

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2019 NABJ Region I Conference

'Reclaiming Our Story'

Guardians of Our History Since 1619 and the True Responsibility of Black Journalists Today

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
Hampton University
April 12-14, Hampton Roads, Virginia

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its 2019 Region 1 Conference, April 12 to 14, 2019 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The gathering will bring together hundreds of journalists, communication professionals and students from across the U.S. Northeast to attend the two-day conference. The conference will have a three-pronged approach:

· Historical Research / Local & National Storytelling
· Media Training / Diversity Coaching & Career Advancement
· Community Engagement / Advocacy

The gathering will serve as a major milestone, as it will help commemorate the 400th anniversary when Africans arrived on American soil. Next year's conference will also focus on improving the industry’s involvement in developing coverage of America's diverse landscape, promoting dialogue for professional growth, and providing diversity training for all levels within the journalism industry. To note, due to last year's successful effort, we are bringing back the Region I Job Fair and Diversity Management Training!

400th Anniversary: Significance of 1619
Slavery in America started 400 years ago in 1619, when a Dutch ship brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. There are historical references noting the ship holding the Africans stopped in Hampton, Virginia first.

General Conference
The 2018 conference in New York City was a huge success and trended nationally on social media. Due to popularity and opening the conference for student chapters to attend, we are anticipating larger attendance numbers in 2019. The conference weekend will kick off with an opening reception Friday hosted by the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals and will end Saturday a closing reception.

Opening Reception

Members of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals are excited to host this year's regional conference with an opening reception honoring historic firsts. * Admission cost separate from registration

Diversity Management Training
All-day training separate from the general conference will afford selected conference goers an opportunity to dissect the pitfalls of tone-deaf news coverage and the urgent need for improved newsroom diversity nationwide. Attendees will be joined by other mid-level editors, supervisors and aspiring newsroom leaders selected to attend the training.

Job Fair & Student Training
There will be news managers and recruiters ready for one-on-one interviews with applicants during the Region I Conference. Intense resume critiques and training will be offered for students. Persons must be registered for the Region 1 Conference to participate in the Job Fair & Student Training.

Click HERE to Download
The NABJ Region I Conference
Program Book

 Subject to change

Friday, April 12  
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1619 Tour of Fort Monroe - Hampton, Virginia
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception – Hampton University Museum * Admission cost separate from registration
Saturday, April 13
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. General Conference - Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication, Hampton University
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Closing Reception – Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina
9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
A Night with Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Avenue Blue at Peninsula Town Center
Sunday, April 14
11:00 a.m.
Commemoration Service -- Hampton University Memorial Chapel 
Saturday, April 13
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Resume Critiques
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Schedule Job Interviews Part 1
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Schedule Job Interviews Part 2
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open Floor Interviews
Saturday, April 13
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Ice Breaker
9:45 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
Personal Career Goals
10:25 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
5-Minute Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
New Management, Leadership Skills in Digital Era
11:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
5-Minute Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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REGISTRATION RATES                 

Registration Type

Early Bird

Extended to Feb. 22


Extended to April 11


April 12 & 13

 $30  $40  $50
Student Member
 $15  $25  $30
 $40  $50  $60
Student Non-Member  $25  $35  $40
*Student Bundles 10 Students/$100 10 Students/$200 10 Students/$250

Registration fees will include an additional $3 administrative fee during checkout.

*Bundle registration questions, contact the national office at 301-405-0554/0248. Click HERE to download the bundle registration form.


Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina
700 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669

Room rate: $109 - SOLD OUT


Embassy Suites by the Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa
1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Discounted room rate: $109

To make a reservation, call 1-800-EMBASSY and ask for the National Association of Black Journalists rate, or click HERE and use code ABJ. 



Thank you to our 2019 Region I Conference Partners

If you would like to be a corporate sponsor or partner please contact Region I Director Johann Calhoun at (267) 602-6527 or email calhoun.nabj@gmail.comClick HERE to download the 2019 NABJ Region I Conference Sponsorship Guide.









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