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2020 NABJ Region III Conference (Postponed)
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2020 NABJ Region III Conference (Postponed)

4/3/2020 to 4/4/2020
When: April 3-4, 2020
Where: The Freedom Forum
John Siegenthaler First Amendment Center
1207 18th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee  37212
United States
Contact: Rod Carter, NABJ Region III Dir. and Garretta Rollins, Program Mgr. (

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2020 NABJ Region III Conference

April 3-4, 2020

The Freedom Forum
John Siegenthaler First Amendment Center

1207 18th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212



Lipscomb University
Swang Center (plenary & breakout sessions)
Shinn Shinn Center (awards luncheon)
One University Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37211




20/20 Vision: Skills, Stories, Strategies

Today’s journalism climate finds journalists constantly under attack. To survive in the print, broadcast and digital landscapes, it requires a laser focus on skill. During the Region III conference, "20/20 Vision: Skills, Stories, Strategies," you’ll get the necessary tools to produce effective, important and compelling journalism. As we embark on an unprecedented election season, we will give you the strategies needed to learn and accurately report on the candidates and the issues.

Host City

Nashville, Tennessee is the Music City. And since music is the universal language, they say everyone is welcome.
It’s the capital of Tennessee and home to the Grand Ole Opry.

There’s a lot to see and do, including: The Country Music Hall of Fame, historic Fisk University and Tennessee State University. You can also visit the historic Ryman Auditorium downtown and the Johnny Cash Museum.

The hard work on the ground of the Nashville Association of Black Journalists, and the outstanding support of local television stations and newspaper groups like Gannett, have ensured this regional’s success.

We are also grateful for the continued support of The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Wells Fargo and Google.

This Year

Our planning team rolled up their sleeves again this year to bring you the best in quality programming with the goal of hands-on learning, engaging sessions, and inspiring speakers with a commitment of giving you the tools you can use the moment you return to the newsroom, the office, or get back on campus.

We are delighted to have ABC News Anchor Kenneth Moton speak during our luncheon this year. Moton, along with Janai Norman, anchors World News Now. Prior to joining the ABC team, Moton worked in Philadelphia television station WPVI, where he covered a number of major stories, including Superstorm Sandy, the Amtrak train derailment and the Penn State child sex scandal.

Once again, our in-depth session on using the tools in your hands to visually enhance your reporting with mobile storytelling makes a return.

This is one of our most engaging sessions that includes hands on training. Participants should charge their cell phones and mobile devices for this workshop that explores techniques for capturing the story and producing quality content on the scene.

Also this year, there are two Google training sessions. One will focus primarily on covering this year's 2020 election. The other will give hands on training using Google Tools to research and fact check stories. You’ll also be able to find what’s trending and located and visualize useful datasets and more.

We are proud to provide a Society of Professional Journalists training program in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project. This session will train you on ways Facebook tools can help create and share incredible stories and engage the public in stories about their communities.

We are also proud to present a session catered specifically to African American male journalists. It will include vets and freshman journalists and cover and array of topics from obtaining longevity in the news business to sexual misconduct in the workplace and taming the male ego.

And for Millennials and Gen X’rs… a special session to help you learn to navigate the journalism waters and survive.


Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Investigative Reporters and Editors training session has been cancelled.


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Registration Rates Pre-Registration
By March 31, 2020
After March 31, 2020
Member $50 $70
Non-Member $70 $90
Student $35 $55
Student Non-Member $55
IRE Only (Cancelled) N/A N/A
IRE Student Only (Cancelled) N/A N/A
IRE Watchdog Workshop (IRE is Cancelled) with Conference Registration N/A N/A

Registration Cancellation Policy

  • All requests for refunds must be submitted online through the Special Event Refund Request Form. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.

  • Professional member registration cancellations received on or before the pre-registration deadline, will be eligible for a refund, less $10 administration fee ($5.00 for students).

  • Cancellations/refunds will not be made for requests received after pre-registration deadline. No Exceptions.

  • Refunds will be processed four to six weeks after the event.




Holiday Inn Express & Suites
301 Clay Street
Nashville, TN 37208


Standard room - $149 per night + applicable state and local taxes




Thank you to our 2020 NABJ Region III Conference Partners






Custom partner opportunities are available. To discuss your options, reach out to JoAnne Lyons Wooten, NABJ Director of Development, at or 301-405-6986.


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