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2018 NABJ Region III Conference
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2018 NABJ Region III Conference

4/6/2018 to 4/8/2018
When: April 6-8, 2018
Where: Atlanta Hilton Hotel
255 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA  30303
United States
Contact: Ken Lemon, NABJ Region III Director

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Ken Lemon
NABJ Region III Director

The once trusted institution of journalism is under constant attack. Those who cover impactful stories are often branded with catch phrases like “fake news” or have their credibility questioned. In this conference we explore the effect of efforts to undermine the media while providing vital information to help journalists do a better job of uncovering the truth.

The conference is set in the historic city of Atlanta, GA and coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of one of the greatest champions of truth Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will examine his life, legacy and the struggles that open the door for so many. Join us as we work within this noteworthy city in the civil rights movement to understand the gains and losses in the decades following the passing of an icon.

We are glad to welcome back Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) for a special workshop offering critical tools for investigating reporting. Attendees of this one day workshop one day workshop on Friday April 6th will get a special certification and a one year membership in IRE.

We are also proud to add a Google Lab training led by former NABJ VP of Digital. Participants will receive special certification. Programming under development now will include special one on one sessions for emerging journalists, media entrepreneurship, developing digital, and sports journalism from the inside.

The Atlanta Hilton, 255 Courtland Street NE is our host hotel. We no longer have rooms there at our special rate. We are working with them to suggests other accommodations for attendees.

Special thanks to our sponsors who have already committed to support this conference. Wells Fargo is a returning sponsor partner. AIDS Healthcare Foundation and it’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition are returning sponsors. They are also providing four $250 sponsorships for attendees.Click HERE to Apply.
Calling all Investigative Reporters!! (Or those who would like to be) - Space is Limited

NABJ Regional conference, we are offering a special Investigative Reporting workshop conducted by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

IRE is hosting it's Watchdog Workshop at the 2018 R3 Conference! Hone your investigative skills with tips and strategies from IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters. At the end of the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, attendees will receive a certification issued directly from the organization.

These workshops require a separate registration fee. Participants receive certification and a free one-year IRE membership!
 Conference Schedule

Freedom of the Press Under Fire: The Battle for the First Amendment
2018 NABJ Region III Conference
Georgia Power & Atlanta Hilton Hotel (Downtown)
Atlanta, GA
April 6-8, 2018

(Subject to Change)

Friday, April 6  
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.  – 4:30 p.m. IRE Watchdog Workshop
Kilowatt Conference Room
Georgia Power Headquarters

1:00 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m.
Mobile Storytelling Hands-On Training
Georgia Power Headquarters

Amani Channel, Creative Services Writer/Producer, FOX 5 Atlanta
Mikki Harris, Senior Assistant Professor, Morehouse College, Journalism & Sports Program
Brett Chambers, Lecturer, North Carolina Central University, Department of Mass Communication & President, Triad Association of Black Journalists

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Sports Town Hall
Be a Good Sport:  Taking a Knee for the Team
Georgia Power Headquarters
Moderator: D. Orlando Ledbetter, Sports Journalist & Attorney
Terence Moore, Sports Journalist
Greg Lee, Past NABJ President and Editorial Director,
Dr. Deborah Stroman, Professor UNC Chapel Hill, Founder & Former Director for the Center For Sport Business, UNC Business School

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Region III Opening Reception
Atlanta City Council Proclamation Presentation to NABJ
Atlanta Hilton Hotel Room 301/ 302
Powered by Moët Hennessy
Saturday, April 7

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m.  –  8:40 a.m.
Opening and Welcome: Ken Lemon, NABJ Region III Director, WSOC-TV Reporter, Charlotte, NC
Chapter Greetings: Carol Gantt, President, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Manager of Programming & Production, AIB Network
NABJ National Greetings: Sarah Glover, NABJ President & Social Media Editor, NBC Owned Television Stations

8:40 a.m.  – 8:45 a.m.
Invocation: Rev. Mashaun D. Simon
8:45 a.m.  –  8:55 a.m.
Charlotte Roy, NABJ Founder
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
50 Years after the Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. Assassination: The Press for Freedom
Plenary: As some threaten to destroy the Union with Civil War once again, it’s imperative journalists arm citizens with the truth. In this workshop, you'll learn the importance of history and context to news reporting, particularly in the south. We'll also talk about the importance of documenting the oral histories of everyday Americans who took part in the protests and sit-ins.
Moderator: Ernie Suggs, Race & Culture Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Angela Tuck, Senior Engagement Editor, Greenville News & Author of "Somewhere Listening for my Name: 1960s Activists tell their Stories"
Stan Washington, AABJ Founder & Former Editor-At-Large, The Voice News Network
Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press and Author, The Burden: African Americans & the Enduring Impact of Slavery”

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions I - Newslab Training: Google Tools for News
Benet Wilson, Owner/Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Queen, LLC.
This session will give you hands on training using Google Tools to research stories, fact-check, find what’s trending, locate and visualize useful datasets and more.  You’ll also learn some advanced search techniques and get a look at cutting-edge tools for immersive storytelling, such as 360 photos and video. Bring your laptop.
**Pre-registration is required**

From the Red Carpet to Reality: The Evolution of A&E Journalism
Getting to the Red Carpet without having your career swept under the rug takes strategy. With the advent of Reality TV and the “new” normal productions via Netflix and the like, it’s time for media professionals of color to strengthen their reporting skills on and offline. This session will help you to build your brand, create and leverage your network and prepare to produce award winning journalism. 
Moderator: Condace Pressley, Past NABJ President, Manager of Program Operations & Community Affairs, Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio
Gayle Hurd, Anchor/A&E Reporter, WPTF-AM, Host - WRAL-TV
Rashan Ali, Co-Host, Sister Circle, TV One
Rodney Ho, Entertainment Reporter/Blogger, Atlanta Journal Constitution

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CNN Producers Workshop
This is a unique opportunity for you to engage with and learn from some of the best news executives and decision makers in the industry. This group workshop will give you tools to fine-tune your skills and grow as producers and digital journalists.  The program includes training on editorial decision making, leadership, producing philosophy, winning at breaking news and building a digital strategy.
**Invitation Only**

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Morning Session II --Freedom Isn’t Free: What it Costs to be a Journalist in 2018
This panel will address challenges journalists encounter while trying to do their jobs. Whether the topic is investigating an ethics violation in city government, requesting open records, or trying to break a national news story on police brutality— what are our rights? What resources are available to journalists when they are in danger of becoming the news?
Moderator: Blayne Alexander, NBC Correspondent
Tanya Washington, Attorney & Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
Willoughby Mariano, Investigative Reporter, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Ray Metoyer, Managing Editor, Georgia Public Broadcasting/Lawmakers
Carolyn Guniss, Executive Editor, The Miami Times

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Landing that First Job and Keeping the Next One: Student Critique Session
This popular workshop will give student attendees the opportunity to have their resumes and their work reviewed by managers and working journalists.
Moderator: Brett E. Chambers, Instructor, North Carolina Central University
Jennifer Matthews, Producer, CNN
Grover Wyatt-Murrell, President Nashville NABJ, Assignment Manager FOX17 Nashville
Staci Green, Multimedia Journalist, WBTW Myrtle Beach
Cedric Thomas, General Manager, WSOC

Evaluation Team:
Dr. Kortni Alston, Lecturer of Communications, Georgia College and Former News Director WEAA Public Radio
Russell Motley, Editor and Chief, MIA Media Group and Broadcast Professor, Florida Memorial University
Justin Yurkanin, Director of Video, Red Clay Media

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Region III Achievers and Awards Luncheon
Powered by Southern Company

Emcee: Marissa Mitchell, Anchor/Multimedia Reporter, Fox 5 Atlanta
Gayle Hurd, Immediate Past Region III Director 
Siobhan Riley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Tenn. State Representative, Dist. 98

Storytelling in a Virtual World: Doing a 360
Keynote Speaker: Retha Hill, Executive Director, New Media Innovation Lab, Cronkite School, Arizona State University and Past President, Arizona Association of Black Journalists

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Session I - The Ultimate #ClapBack: How Media Professionals Handle Heat, Hate and Hecklers
In an age of public incivility, the boundaries of respect seem to be crossed on a regular basis.  More and more journalists are being challenged, questioned and even disrespected publicly.  And when someone comes for a journalist she should expect a response. This session will provide concrete ways to address complicated situations.
Moderator: Marlon A. Walker, NABJ Vice President of Print & Education Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sharon Reed, CBS46 News Anchor
Jason Luntz, New Media Strategist & Past Nashville NABJ President
Kim Flowers-Jackson, Tulsa Channel 8 News Anchor

Afternoon Session II - Artificial Intelligence: Algorithms, Activism & Inclusiveness
Moderator: Dr. Syb Brown, Professor of Journalism, Belmont University
Retha Hill, Executive Director, New Media Innovation Lab, Cronkite School, Arizona State University Past President, Arizona Association of Black Journalists

Can or will some journalists be replaced by robots? What are the latest developments in artificial intelligence?  There are stories everywhere but many have yet to be told. This session will address robots, chatbots, virtual and augmented reality.  Confused? Concerned? Committed? Let’s explore the digital frontier together.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Play Ball: Upping Your Game in Sports Journalism
Want to to know how to jumpstart your career in sports media? Need some tips for professional acceleration? This panel focuses on next steps. How should you prepare? What do you need to know?
Moderator: John X. Miller, Senior Editor, Undefeated
David Dennis, Jr.  Professor of Journalism,  Morehouse College & Undefeated Contributor
Miniya Shabazz, Student, Grambling University, Rhoden Fellow
Mikki Harris, Senior Assistant Professor, Morehouse College, Journalism & Sports Program
Jelani Downing, Manager of Brand Communications, Atlanta Hawks

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Afternoon Session III
Crisis communications is becoming an everyday reality, from the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial to the Dove soap ad, to H&M’s t-shirt debacle, how can media professionals of color get a seat at the table to help avoid such mishaps? What should a brand do when their message “misses the mark?” This session will help you improve your response strategy and implementation.
Moderator: Mary Benton, Press Secretary, Houston Mayor
Terry Allen, CEO, 1016 Media, Chair, Media-Related Task Force
Bridget Braxton, Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Wells Fargo
Jerry Goodwin, Assistant Professor Journalism/Mass Communications, Tulsa Community College and President, Goodwin and Grant Public Relations

Millennial Spotlights: Thoroughbreds Hungry for Success
Much has been written about the millennial generation yet often their narratives are silenced by the crowd. In this session, Region III shines the spotlight on 40 percent of the NABJ's membership as they share where their careers began, where they are now, and their future aspirations.

Moderator: Wilton Jackson, Digital Media Associate, WSB-TV & AABJ Parliamentarian
Cecil Hannibal, NABJ-GSU president, WSB-TV News Intern
Autumn Porter, Former member of NABJ-GSU, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Digital Producer
Keosha Thomas, Bridgestone Search Marketing Manager, Nashville, TN
Allana Barefield, NABJ Sports Task Force Student Representative, Xavier University

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
AABJ Documentary Screening: First Black Anchors in Atlanta
Georgia Power Headquarters

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Region III Closing Reception
Mix and Mingle with the Media



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NABJ Region III Conference Early-Bird
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April 6-7

$50 $75 $100
Student Member

$35 $50 $75

$75 $150 $200
IRE Watchdog Workshop
April 6, 2018
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

IRE Watchdog Workshop with Conference Registration

$25 $25 $25

IRE Watchdog Workshop Only

$55 $55 $55

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

If you have any ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests, please contact Veronique Dodson at 301-405-0554 or by Saturday, March 17.

For questions regarding your registration, please contact our registrar or 301-405-0554 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday – Friday.

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Atlanta Hotel
255 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Main: 800-445-8667

The Atlanta Hilton, 255 Courtland Street NE is our host hotel. We no longer have rooms there at our special rate. We are working with them to suggests other accommodations for attendees.


Thank You to the 2018 Region III Conference Partners







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