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2019 NABJ Region II Conference
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2019 NABJ Region II Conference

4/26/2019 to 4/28/2019
When: April 26-28, 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
United States
Contact: Sia Nyorkor, NABJ Region II Director

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NABJ in the NATI: Surviving and Thriving
In today’s news climate, it is important that journalists of all experience levels are constantly refreshed on what it takes to become a mainstay in our community, newsrooms and the news industry without experiencing the burnout we’ve seen in the industry across America. In the latest Reuters Institute and University of Oxford Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions, almost two-thirds of editors, CEOs and digital leaders surveyed are concerned or extremely concerned about staff burnout. There is also a concern (73%) of retention and attraction given the low rates of pay, pace and the pressures of the modern newsroom. In addition to those findings, 56% of those surveyed were concerned about levels of newsroom diversity. This conference will not only teach journalists how to survive but how to thrive in an industry that is faced with new digital platforms and a shrinking television viewership. We will learn how to produce meaningful content and gain viewers trust in a climate of constant misinformation.

Opening Reception - National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum
The Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists and VIBE Cincinnati will kick off the NABJ Region II Conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, overlooking the beautiful banks along the Ohio River. The ‘Freedom Center’ famously opened in 2004 with the help and support of philanthropists such as Oprah Winfrey and Muhammad Ali and features exhibits, programming and interactive resources to connect millions of visitors to the lessons of the Underground Railroad. We will be joined by city leaders, journalism students and professionals and our sponsors. We will also offer opportunities for visitors to check out the downtown Cincinnati scene filled with music, food and fun.

General Conference: NABJ in the ‘Nati’: Surviving and Thriving
We will kick off the conference with an early morning Zumba workout with a local instructor. We find it important that our members not only work to take care of their mental and emotional well-being but physical health as well. The Zumba class will be free to all registrants.
This year, NABJ Region II will host several sessions meant to teach and encourage professional and student journalists working in a news environment that is ever evolving. We’ll do this by having speakers from publications such as the New York Times, NBC News, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ida B Wells Investigative Reporting Society, Google and so many more. The conference will be attended by journalists from major cities across the Mid-West including Chicago, Ill., Minneapolis, Minn., Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Participants will represent print, broadcast and digital companies as well as communications professionals, journalism educators and students.

We will close our conference with a Q&A with award-winning journalists, speaker, author and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien. This is an opportunity to ask your questions directly to a journalism veteran who has consistently survived and thrived in media.

Later that evening, the Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists will once again partner with VIBE Cincinnati for the Region II Scholarship Jam. (Tickets sold separately.) Ticket sales will go toward funding scholarships for students in the region.
 Soledad O'Brien
P&G Scholarship Jazz Brunch
In their continued efforts to support black journalists in the Greater Cincinnati community, Procter and Gamble will host the NABJ Region II Scholarship Jazz Brunch. Closing out our three-day conference, this brunch will feature a notable jazz band, feature and recognize columnist, cultural critic, and editor Jamilah-Asali LemieuxJazz Brunch tickets sold to the public separately for $35 + admin fee. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Career Fair/Professional Development Training
Media companies throughout Region II have committed to sending recruiters to participate in the job fair to provide an opportunity to not only have your work reviewed but to apply for jobs at local and regional stations. 

NABJ Visual Task Force
The NABJ Visual Task Force will have a photo booth set up to offer free headshots for those who register. The headshots can be used to your liking.
Jamilah-Asali Lemieux


Lyft Discount - Use code NABJ to receive 25% off 2 rides within the conference area. 


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The Region II Conference
Program Book



Schedule Updates

  • In partnership with the Urban League Young Professionals, the Scholarship Party will be held at the COPA Lounge located at 1133 Sycamore St. on Saturday from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Your donation of $10 will go to the fund. Click HERE to purchase a ticket.




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**Friday's Welcome Reception is included with registration. Please click here to RSVP too.

*Pre-Registration includes Sunday's Jazz Brunch

**Onsite Registration does NOT include Sunday's Jazz Brunch 

Registration Type


by April 19


April 26 & 27

$30 $40
Student Member
$20 $30
$40 $50
Non-Member Student $30  $40

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




Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202

The reservation deadline to receive the group discount rate has passed.



Thank you to our 2019 Region II Conference Partners










Custom partner opportunities are available. To discuss your options, reach out to Kaylan Somerville, NABJ Development Director, at or 301-405-6986.

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