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3/5/2015 to 3/8/2015
When: March 5-8, 2015
Where: Carnival Cruise Lines
Contact: Scott Berry

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2015 NABJ Region III Conference Cruise

"Navigating the Future of Journalism: Charting a New Course"

Carnival Cruise LInes
Nassau, Bahamas
March 5-8, 2015

Sailing from: Port Canaveral, Florida (Orlando)


Gayle Hurd
NABJ Region III Director

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region III Conference on March 5-8, 2015 on the Carnival Cruise Lines to Nassau, Bahamas.

Hosted by NABJ's Region III Director and local chapter leaders, this conference will feature diverse programming for freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students.



Region III College Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 Sunday, March 31, 2015

NABJ Region III wants to award a scholarship to a deserving college student enrolled in a school in Region III (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN). The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a journalism career, a record for community service, and financial need.

Specific Application Requirements:

     •Must major in journalism or a communications-related discipline

     •Must demonstrate a record of community service

     •G.P.A. requirement: 3.0 or higher

Essay topic: 

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) was founded by 44 visionaries all of whom believed in fostering an exemplary group of professionals honoring excellence and outstanding achievements by journalists.  


In celebration of the 40th anniversary, and the mission of the founders, how do you see yourself as a visionary journalist, influencing how news will be gathered in the digital age?  What is your mission in producing meaningful work that will change the world?  Lastly, what are your intentions as a visionary to provide a more entrepreneurial or innovative mindset and mission to your work, the industry, and NABJ? (1,000 - 2,000 words)

General Application Requirements:


      •Cover Letter

      •Official College Transcript

      •Work Samples

      •Three (3) References

For more information, please email


  Application must be received by midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend to accept award.

Click HERE to submit your scholarship application.





March 5-8, 2015
Carnival "Sensation"
Port Canaveral, FL - Nassau, Bahamas




12:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. 
Depart from Port Canaveral, Florida

          5:00 - 6:00 p.m.                

Welcome Reception
Powered by Carnival Cruise Lines


FRIDAY – MARCH 6, 2015 

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
R3 Boot camp - “From Bow to Stern: Know Your Ship” 
A Bootcamp for all Journalists who find they are wearing multiple hats in doing their jobs.  Half Technical the other half reporting.  Divided into three sections titled “Scribes” , “Shooters” and “Speakers”, this workshop is designed to help journalists adapt to the changing requirements of their jobs due to an ever-increasing online presence.  Providing hands-on instruction , this boot camp  is designed  to help  1)journalists develop skills in new concentrations ; 2) future journalists acquire tools necessary to acquire a job,  and 3) all journalists advance in their professions.

 12:00 noon  Arrive in Nassau


Networking Luncheon with Nassau Journalists
Powered by Bahamas Tourism

       8:00 p.m.         
Depart from Nassau 




8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Open and Welcome - Gayle Hurd, Region III Director

Chapter Greetings - R3 Presidents

Invocation - Scott Berry, NABJ Program Manager

        8:15 - 8:45 a.m.           

First on the Horizon:  Lessons from the Early Voyagers”                                                               
Moderator - Ken Lemon; WSOC-TV, NABJ Video

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

The March on Selma Today
WTVM-TV Birmingham - News vignettes commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma, Alabama.

  9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Troubled Waters:  From Selma to Ferguson:  50 Years Later, the March Continues…”
Moderator: Ken Smith, WRAL-TV
Speakers: Steve Crump, WBTV, Charlotte via Skype from Selma, Alabama during the  50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Selma, also known as “Bloody Sunday”. Discussion on recent police shootings involving African Americans. Comparison of  the impact of media fifty years ago during the Selma marches and today’s racially charged news events.

10:00 10:45 a.m.
Morning Session I – The Digital Effect: Getting Onboard with Social Media”
Panalists: Sarah Glover, Social Media Editor,  NBC Owned Stations, New York;  Andre Taylor, Online News Editor, News and Record, Greensboro.
Everything has gone digital. From grocery store coupons to the way you book a doctor's appointment, it's all about convenience and speed. Panelists discuss why they take the digital route and their weapons of choice (iPad, a galaxy note, etc. How has the digital effect improved your job performance?  What do you do when technology fails? Which apps are essential for your job?  The do’s and don’ts of the digital lifestyle.

 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  

Morning Session II –“Stay the Course or Sail into a New Port: Transitioning between Careers”  - Powered by Wells Fargo
Panelists: Tenisha Bell, President & CEO, Perfect Pitch Media Group, LLC ; Kortni Alston, Doctoral Student/Graduate Teaching Asst. Univ. of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.  Discussion with journalists who rose to success in their fields who after time and trial, decided to change course and pursue a different  career path.  Find out how these journalists made the transition out of the newsroom, and if a new career is on the horizon for you.

 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Morning Session III - A View from the Shore: Consulting a Consultant”

Panelists: Graeme Newell, President, 602 Communications.
Find out how a consultant works. Assess the value of working with a consultant with someone who charts the course of media outlets across the country.  How effective is using outside help in improving newscasts and the look and presentation of the news on multiple platforms?  Ask the expert!

12:001:00 p.m.   

Lunch Break 

1:15–2:00 p.m. 

Afternoon Session I
(A) Career Building Workshop:  “Getting Shipshape:  Resume & Interview    Critiques” What’s on your Manifest?  Is your resume and/or job search   materials effective?  Students and professionals bring their resumes, reels, clips   and their A-game to mock interviews and receive valuable advice from    experienced journalists and managers.

          2:15– 3:00 p.m.            

Afternoon Session III:  “Going Below Deck: When Social Media becomes Anti-Social”. 
Panelists:  Alexis Mitchell-WBTV, Ken Smith, WRAL-TV.  When is using social media to get a story going too far?  Ways to best react to posts by the public and address Cyber-bullying of journalists.

            3:15– 4:00 p.m.              Afternoon Session IV: – “Anchors Away!  Getting to the Next Market”
Panelists: Kerry Charles, Anchor/Reporter, WGHP-TV, Graeme Newell, President, 602 Communications.  Journalists share the best ways to advance their careers and find that many times moving up requires moving out.  Discuss how  and when to find and use an agent to move up in the ranks and market size.

   4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Region III Achiever and Scholarship Awards  - Powered by Wells Fargo

 8:15 p.m.

Dinner with Region III
Dine with your conference mates in the R3 Section of the Formal Dining room.

After Dinner Until

"R3 Rocks the Boat: Last Night on the Ship"
Take time after the workshops end to meet and greet attendees or continue conversations started with panelists or fellow R3 members on the last night of the cruise!


SUNDAY – MARCH 8, 2015

 7:00 a.m.

Return to Port Canaveral 

(Subject to change)


Register Today and Save!

Registration Type Pre-Registration Onsite Registration
 NABJ Member  $25.00  $40.00
 NABJ Student Member  $20.00  $30.00
 Non-Member  $35.00  $50.00
 Student Non-Member  $25.00  $35.00

(Total will include a $3.00 administrative fee)


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