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NABJ Presents: Basics Bootcamp 2019

 Export to Your Calendar 2/15/2019 to 2/16/2019
When: February 15-16, 2019
Where: Shaw University
118 E. South St
Raleigh, NC  27601
United States
Contact: Marlon A. Walker

Online registration is available until: 2/15/2019
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NABJ Presents: The Basics Bootcamp 2019
Shaw University
118 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Feb. 15-16, 2019

With the digital takeover, most journalism workshops have concentrated on multimedia inclusion, including analytics, search engine optimization and other ways to attract readers. You’ll hear what’s needed in the evolved newsroom. But what about writing a story? Or producing a competent package? As newsrooms change, the mission -- to do good work -- stays the same.

Panels for the two-day intense training will discuss balancing writing an article with the increasing demands to tell the story through different forms – visuals, social media and the website, of course. Sessions include:

  • The new media ecosystem
  • Identifying, cultivating and effectively using sources and social media
  • Digital ethics including copywriting, privacy and trespassing
  • Real-time field reporting and writing
  • Building an online portfolio
  • Constructing content for online audiences


Registration to attend or pick up badges will be open starting at 9:30 a.m. at Estey Hall on Shaw University’s campus.

The Bootcamp begins Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, with a welcome luncheon at noon.

This is Why — And How — We Do It.
The media landscape in America and around the world has become much more complicated. Journalists are being forced to distinguish between facts and alternative facts in a time where leaders have declared open warfare on newsrooms. The media are constantly reshaping their operations to quickly gather accurate reports and share information through different channels and platforms. While traditional journalists believe they still reign, non-traditional journalists are gaining ground. So why would any student or young journalist want to jump into journalism now? Our panelists will use their work to answer this question and address industry issues.

Writing on Deadline — Multimedia Style
In the old days, it was simple — you reported and wrote your story, sent it off to the editor an moved onto the next one. But these days, there are more steps, including video/audio elements, blogging and social media, among other things. You’re crushed with a breaking news story and your editor is screaming. How do you get it all done? This session offers tips to meet your deadline quickly across all platforms without losing substance or accuracy. You’ll also learn how to be quick and concise and see how using Twitter as background to develop an early version story online and write a longer story later.

#MediaBoss: How to Break Into Newsroom Management
Climbing up the ladder into management is a goal of many newsroom professionals. You need newsroom skills such as building a collaboration, managing disparate employees, creating a vision and identifying and implementing emerging trends. And you have to fit in time for personal development by learning leadership skills, building career allies, nurturing relationships, identify emerging trends, and articulate vision to a team. Learn how to create the building blocks that form the steps to newsroom leadership from newsroom managers and other industry veterans.

Selling Your Package
You’ve got the perfect story idea and you’re sure people will love it. But how do you make it sing to your editor? This session will discuss the best ways to create a full package while thinking visually, helping journalists avoid static and setup photos.

Reporting through Controversy
Reporters often are on the frontline observing controversy and  gathering information to share with diverse audiences. But how do you cover controversy without becoming part of the story, or even being perceived as being part of the story? Why is it important to cover topics that are obvious points of controversy?

You Gotta Know When To Fold ‘Em
With all the change going on in newsrooms, sometimes the job that seemed perfect on paper isn’t so much in real life. Why wasn’t this the job for you? We’ll look at how to spot red flags before that first job interview. We’ll also offer tips on how to negotiate job requirements. By the end of this session, you’ll know how to balance management’s obligations with your own personal mission, all before taking that next job. 

Where Do I Go From Here?
The media landscape has changed tremendously in recent years. Where do I go to find a job? What are my chances of getting a job in my field? If I don’t get a job right away, what do I do? What do you tell a black journalist walking into a newsroom where they may be the only person of color? It’s OK, and part of the job to fix that will fall to you.

Accuracy in the Digital Age
Good journalists have been taught that accuracy is the cornerstone of the business. But how do you deal with remaining accurate while also breaking news? This session will deal with the daily dilemmas of tweeting breaking news, verifying accuracy of sources and breaking news events. It will also deal with a journalist’s worst nightmare: Getting it wrong.

10 Reasons Why You Didn't Get That Interview - Or That Job
You feel like your resume is on point. Or that you really connected with an interviewer for a potential job. But yet, you never hear back from potential employers. It all starts with a good resume, which is your introduction to hiring managers who don’t have a sense of where you could fit in their organization. Hear about those 10 reasons that may be holding you back from that perfect job and how they can be fixed. Professionals will help you tailor your resume to the job you want, and suggest what’s missing that could make you even more marketable!

Point (your phone), and shoot
This session deals with that camera on the back of your phone and how editors now call on reporters to provide a visual component of their stories. Professionals will teach the art of the clip, shooting and editing a video to hand in alongside your story, using the right angles and how to package it all.

The Educator Conundrum
Fewer journalism instructors these days have worked in newsrooms. Where’s the disconnect? What should educators be doing to ensure their students are getting a well-rounded experience? This panel will be a mix of professors and recent graduates discussing preparation and how it's happening in programs across the country. 

Rock Your Stories Using Google News Tools
Learn how to use a suite of free Google News Initiative tools to tell more deep and insightful stories and better engage with your audience. Tools that will be covered include Advanced Search, Images, Scholar, Mapping & Visualization, Translate and Trends.

More Than A Minute in Public Media
The story length of commercial radio and television news stories is measured in seconds. But in Public media, you  often have much more than a minute to build a solid story package. What does it take to build a compelling package in public radio  and television? What skills can students hone in college to help prepare them for public media careers? What are the advantages of storytelling on public radio and television?

To Click or Not to Click?
It’s the never-ending newsroom debate. Newsrooms are struggling for survival and are rapidly moving toward a more digital presence. Journalists complain their bosses are sacrificing hard-hitting news in favor of getting clicks and page views. This session will delve into ways to balance digital news needs versus solid news coverage.

The business journalism conversation
Black consumers spend more than $1 trillion annually, and black journalists are vital to shaping conversations on race, finance and development. Business editors and reporters will tackle questions on covering business and the need for more black business journalists.

Teaching Journalism to a changing world
Too many admit to getting their news from nontraditional outlets, through social media posts or word of mouth. Newsgathering agencies are putting more emphasis on clicks and quick hits to offset declining ad revenues and waning viewership. We offer professors who give tips on what you should be learning (and where you should be working) before graduation.

Another thing about business reporting
The job scene is changing in the world of business writing. New platforms emerge often. What are the jobs? How much do they pay? Panelists will discuss the opportunities that exist for aspiring and working journalists.

Meet the (Black) Press
Representation matters. Black newspaper and magazine publishers grew out of a desperate need when mainstream media was too busy ignoring the issues in black communities, seemingly focused more on black crime and athletes. Panelists discuss covering issues around social justice and shining light on black achievement.

Sportswriting 101
Being a sports fan isn’t enough. What does it take to make it in one of the most popular sections of the industry?



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Member $35
Non-Member $45
Student $25
Student Non-Member $35



Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7330

Room rate: $99.00 + 13.25% tax/night

Reservations: (919)872-2323 or Click HERE for online

Update: The hotel reservation deadline extended to Jan. 23, 2019

Hotel reservations for the NABJ Presents: Basics Bootcamp 2019 are now open. Please have a credit card to hold your room. Call the Hilton Raleigh North Hills directly at (919)714-4929 or reserve online HERE.



Thank you to our 2019 NABJ Presents: Basics Bootcamp 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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