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2019 NABJ Region II Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 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

Online registration is available until: 4/19/2019
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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 television news industry without experiencing the burnout we’ve seen in newsrooms across America. In the latest Reuters Institute and the 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, a shrinking television viewership, 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 the Leaders within the City of Cincinnati, 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 as well. The ZUMBA class will be free to all of those registered for the conference.
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, IL, Minneapolis, MN, Detroit, MI, Cleveland, OH, and Columbus. The 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 found ways to survive and thrive.

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)
 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
We are in the process of inviting media professionals throughout Region II to the conference, so students will have the opportunity to not only have their 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


Subject to change

Friday, April 26                                                                                                     
  Welcome Reception

Night on the Town
Saturday, April 27
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Zumba lesson w/ certified Zumba instructor Patrice Matthews

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Opening and Welcome, NABJ Region II Director Sia Nyorkor, Cleveland 19 News
8:55 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Chapter Greetings, GCABJ President Alexis Rogers, WLWT NEWS 6 and NABJ Region II Conference Co-Chair, Charisse Gibson, Fox 19 Now
9:05 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Remarks by Sarah Glover, NABJ President
9:10 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Remarks by, Dorothy Tucker, NABJ Vice-President Broadcast
9:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Invocation by Pastor and Conference Begins
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Morning Session I: Breaking in the Business 

Panelists: Sarah Glover, NABJ President 2015-19 and NBC OTS Social Media Editor; Brandon Pope, WCIU, Chicago; Alexis Rogers, WLWT, Cincinnati

These award-winning journalists describe how they landed their first jobs in the industry and managed to become mainstays in an industry that is gradually changing as the way viewers consume information changes.

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Morning Session II: Cincinnati Enquirer: Heroin Epidemic Pulitzer Prize Winning Story

Panelists: Amber Hunt, Amanda Rossmann, Cara Owsley of Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati Enquirer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize after their “Seven Days of Heroin” Coverage. The coveted award was given by the Pulitzer Board for a “riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati’s heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and the community. The team will describe how they approached this story, break down elements to story-telling and give tips on how you can also become a Pulitzer Prize Winning Story-teller. 

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.      

Morning Session: About the Facebook Journalism Project, Sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The training includes a training workshop that covers Facebook tools for journalists, including Live, Groups, Video, Insights and Safety features.The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to ensure that quality news thrives on Facebook. FJP focuses on three pillars: collaborative development of new products; tools and trainings for newsrooms; and tools and trainings for people. For more information, visit: 

Our trainer:

Kerwin Speight is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience leading and managing in local news, digital media and community relations.  He was executive producer in several newsrooms. His accolades include two Associated Press Awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and several state journalism awards.

10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Morning Session III: The Art of Content Creation: Taking Advantage of Your Skills featuring Newsy

Panelists: Jamal Andress, Ashley Holt, Christian Bryant, Newsy

Learn the secrets to creating content that is both engaging and unbiased for online platforms. This session will focus on the way NEWSY has mastered the art of content creation. In studying the industry, NEWSY has found ways to curate content that matters most to viewing audiences. NEWSY delivers news with the “Why.” NEWSY also develops content for Online, APPS, Television and a dwindling TV viewership. 

10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

Morning SESSION IV: Producing Winning Shows

Panelists: Ginger Maddox, WBBM-TV, Colin Evans, WLS-TV 

Moderator: Dorothy Tucker, NABJ Vice President Broadcast and WBBM Investigative Reporter

Are your show opens captivating, your teases catchy and writing concise? Here's a chance to have award winning producers, WBBM-TV Executive Producer, Ginger Maddox and WLS-TV Morning Producer Colin Evans critique your work. NABJ Vice President Broadcast and WBBM-TV Investigative Reporter, Dorothy Tucker moderates this interactive workshop. Send links of your work to Limit reels to five minutes or less. Be sure to put "Region II Producers" in the subject line. 

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Participants: Scripps, Hearst TV, Gray TV, Sinclair Broadcasting, Newsy, Spectrum TV, and many more

11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Morning SESSION V: Storytelling Workshop: Award-Winning Reporting by Adrienne Broaddus

Panelists: Adrienne Broaddus, KARE TV

Adrienne Broaddus is a self-described solo storyteller and an Emmy-Award winning journalist. Between 2014 and 2018 Adrienne has either won or been nominated for awards including the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid Award, SPJ Page One Award for Health Reporting, NABJ/Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth award, RTDNA Kaleidoscope Award, NABJ Salute to Excellence Winner for Long Form feature reporting, ETC. 

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session VIII. Ida B. Wells Society Investigative Training Workshop

Panelists: Ron Nixon, International Investigative Editor, Associated Press and Walter Smith-Randolph, Reporter, WKRC-News 12

The skills develop through this training can be applied to both beat and project reporting and is suitable for journalists of all levels of experience. 

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NABJ Visual Task Force to provide head shots for conference participants

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.       





:Working Lunch: Financial Literacy Workshop

Sponsored by: Fifth-Third Bank 

For freelance journalists and other media professionals in non-traditional newsrooms, financial advice can be tricky. Get an opportunity to meet with 5/3 bank representatives to learn how to get control of your finances and work towards financial security while doing what you love. I.E., How to pay off debt, plan for payroll deductions, etc.

 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.       



Working Lunch: NABJ Candidates Forum

Moderator: Sia Nyorkor, NABJ Region II Director

Get an opportunity to hear from the candidates vying for a position on the NABJ Board during this working lunch. 

 1:15 p.m. - 2:15. p.m.   




SESSION VI: Poynter Workshop: A global leader in Journalism

Panelists: Elissa Yancey, Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute offers custom training in: Digital skills, how to write-edit and tell a story, leadership, broadcast journalism and ethical decision making. Elissa Yancey is a skilled facilitator, offering craft skills and leadership strategies used to motivate and inspire news staff or students to deliver top-quality work.  

  1:15 p.m. - 2:15. p.m.               






Session VII: SPJ’s Google Tools Training, Sponsored by Google

Panelists: Benet Wilson, Michelle Johnson


This Google News Initiative workshop gives you an overview of how its tools can help you research and fact-check stories, locate knowledgeable experts, discover what news is trending and locate and quickly visualize useful datasets.  The workshop will highlight: advanced Google Search techniques and refinements, Google Trends, Google Scholar, Google Maps and more, all designed to ensure you're fully covered on how to uncover things to enhance your stories.  

 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.                                                                                                           Final Session: A Q&A Session with Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O Brien will be answering journalists’ questions from all entries levels on how to break in, survive and thrive in the journalism industry. 

 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.                               

Closing Remarks, Region II Conference Co-Chairs Charisse Gibson and Alexis Rogers

 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Scholarship Party - COPA 
 Sunday, April 28  
 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

NABJ Region II Scholarship Jazz Brunch, Hosted by Procter & Gamble

Closing out our three-day conference, this brunch will feature a notable jazz band, feature and recognize columnist, cultural critic, and editor Jamilah-Asali Lemieux.

Jazz Brunch tickets sold to the public separately for $35 + admin fee
Click HERE to purchase tickets.


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*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
Scholarship Party $15  $20 at the Door

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


Jazz Brunch tickets sold onsite and to the public separately for $35 + admin fee; Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Scholarship Party tickets sold to everyone separately for $15 pre sale and $20 at door



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

Click HERE for Reservations


To receive the below discounted group rate, reservations must be made by April 5, 2019.  This discounted group rate is also available three days pre/post event, based on availability.
  • Single (King Bed) - $159 (Plus applicable state and local taxes, currently at 17.5%)
  • Double (2 Queen Beds) - $159 (Plus applicable state and local taxes, currently at 17.5%)
*Complimentary standard guest room internet included. 




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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