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2016 NABJ Region I Conference

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the 2016 Region I Conference on April 29 and 30 at the School of Global Journalism & Communication on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

4/29/2016 to 4/30/2016
When: April 29-30, 2016
Where: Morgan State University School of Global Journalism & Communication
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD  21251
United States
Contact: Johann Calhoun
(267) 602-6527

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2016 NABJ Region I Conference

One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism

April 29-30, 2016

Morgan State University
School of Global Journalism & Communication
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

Johann Calhoun
NABJ Region I Director

Nicki Mayo
Conference Chair

Zuri Berry
Programming Chair


DeWayne Wickham
NABJ and BABJ Founder
Morgan State University School of
Global Journalism Communication Dean

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the 2016 Region I Conference on April 29 and 30 at the School of Global Journalism & Communication on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Titled One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism, the conference will be a significant gathering of community members and journalists as we look back on journalistic lessons learned over the past year since Gray's untimely death. The conference will consist of a major town hall, workshops, and nationally-known speakers during the one-year anniversary of Gray's disturbing and untimely death.

Gray's death was the flashpoint for protests out of concern over police brutality in predominantly African-American neighborhoods. His death also brought to the forefront issues on government and community relations and a call to increase diversity in the media.

Built and crafted as a learning laboratory, the conference will focus on three crucial areas: community engagement, digital training and media coaching. It will also include a town hall discussion titled #TogetherBaltimore that will focus on the future of the city following last year's unrest, and discuss strategies as to how the media can do a better job in its coverage there and in similar cities across the country.

This year's conference will build upon the skills of journalists, public relations professionals and community leaders who live in the following NABJ Region I states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The conference will allow seasoned journalists, seen on our television screens and read in the various forms of print and new media, to enhance their skills and acquire new ones. .

Networking opportunities include a welcome social on Friday, April 29, and an awards reception immediately following the conference on Saturday, April 30. There will be an attendance challenge where a cash award will be presented at the Saturday reception to the professional and student chapters with the largest number of members registered. The funds will go toward each respective chapter's scholarship fund.

Baltimore is a great conference city with its popular Inner Harbor and African-American historical sites. The city is within reasonable travel distance from major cities along the U.S. East Coast.

If you have questions about the sponsorship benefits and conference program, please contact Region I Director Johann Calhoun at or (267) 602-6527.




Friday, April 29
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Nancy by SNAC
131 W North Ave.
Baltimore, Md.

The cost of the reception is $10

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Saturday, April 30
8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Conference Workshops and Town Hall

Location: Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, Md.

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Opening & Welcome


10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.



Covering Baltimore’s Challenges - Sponsored by The Baltimore Sun

Group of editors and reporters from The Baltimore Sun will discuss the challenges of covering Baltimore’s endemic social and economic problems, including high crime, poor schools and stunted opportunities. As part of the discussion Sun journalists will also discuss a recent forum on youth violence prevention at Bethel AME Church. The presentation will include an 18-minute video featuring interviews with children and parents discussing ways forward for their West Baltimore Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood. The Sun loaned cameras to four high school students, whose footage is included in this video. The paper wanted to hear their perspectives on the community’s problems - and possible solutions. In December, 2014, The Sun published a three-part series, “Collateral Damage,” about the often unseen, yet devastating consequences of violence on the city’s children, caregivers and families. As a follow-up, The Sun partnered with Promise Heights - a University of Maryland School of Social Work community initiative - to get some of these residents to tell their own stories.

Moderator: Andrew Green, Opinion Page Editor, The Baltimore Sun
Panel: E.R. Shipp, Associate Professor, Morgan State University; Andrea McDaniels, Reporter, The Sun; Erica Green, Reporter, The Sun; Justin Fenton, Reporter, The Sun; Diana Sugg, Senior Content Editor (Projects), The Sun; Christopher Assaf, Content Editor (Video), The Sun.

Tené Croom

George Curry

The Black Press In The 21st Century

Panelists will explore how the Black media is no longer in three categories — television, radio, and newspaper — but have splintered as 21st Century tastes of African-Americans have changed. Very Smart Brothas, a daily digital magazine, has hit a stride. The most popular African American website for 2015 according to the research company ComScore, Inc. was Madame Noire, self-described "sophisticated lifestyle publication.” Journal-isms reported that,,, The Root and were also favorites among African Americans. The Black press continues to provide stories/editorials that are not being found in mainstream media – big/small newspapers and TV/radio stations/networks.
Moderator: Tené Croom, President at Tené Croom Communications
Panelists: Shari Welton (TV One News)
Erika Blount Danois (The Root)
Carla Wills (Formerly WEAA-FM)
George Curry (veteran journalist).
April Reign


Power of Social Media

How journalists of color are using social media to our advantage and how social media is being harnessed to push stories that are often not covered by the mainstream press.

Moderator: April Reign (Creator of #OscarsSoWhite)
Panelists: Michael Arceneaux (writer for Complex and VH1)
Candace Amos (Daily News social media manager)
Stacia L. Brown (writer and radio producer)
La Janee Cosby (blogger)
Velvet McNeil

Brian Henderson


The Modern Designer

This panel will discuss the changing roles of designers and provide an introduction to various careers designers can also apply their skills. Attendees will meet designers in the following industries: content advertising, tech, non-profit, performing arts and construction management. Panelists will provide attendees resources to help them develop in the specialized areas that will be presented.

Moderators: Velvet McNeil and Brian Henderson
Panelists: Terry Plater
Marshall Childs
Rochelle Cherenfant
Regine Gilbert

1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.


1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Vic Carter

Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake
The mayor will be interviewed on stage by Baltimore's leading anchorman Vic Carter of WJZ-13 CBS, who will give a "master class" on interviewing high-profile politicians. There will also be an opportunity for conference attendees to ask questions. 

 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Workshops

NABJ President Sarah Glover
Digital First: Leveraging All Platforms To Do Cutting Edge Journalism
As tech tools continue to evolve, the need to incorporate data to reporting hasn’t. This panel delves into social news gathering tips and digital reporting. Want a digital job? It will touch on that too.

Instructor: Sarah Glover, Social Media Editor, NBC10 Philadelphia 

Khorri Atkinson

Power of Student Media Panel
  GOOGLE Workshop

5:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.

Break Before Town Hall

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wesley Lowery

Kevin Davis

Rev. Jamal Bryant

Tessa Hill-Aston

Farajii Muhammad

DeRay McKesson

Town Hall Discussion: #TogetherBaltimore
Discussion will focus on the future of Baltimore following last year's unrest, and discuss strategies how the media can do a better job in its coverage there and in similar cities across the country.

Moderator: Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post
Panelists: Kevin Davis Commissioner of Baltimore Police Department
Rev. Jamal Bryant Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church
Tessa Hill-Aston President Baltimore City NAACP
Farajii Muhammad Broadcaster for WEAA 88.9 FM and PRAISE 106.1 FM Baltimore
DeRay McKesson: Baltimore mayoral candidate and Black Lives Matter activist

 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Post-Conference Awards Reception



Register Today and Save!

Registration Type Pre-Registration Onsite
NABJ Member $50.00 $60.00
NABJ Student Member $25.00 $35.00
Non-Member $65.00 $75.00
Student Non-Member $35.00 $45.00

(Total will include a $3.00 administrative fee)


The Lord Baltimore Hotel
20. W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 539-8400

Discounted Rate: $139 per night
Discount Code: "National Association of Black Journalist"


Thank You

2016 NABJ Region I Conference Partners

Bronze Sponsor

Friend Level Plus Sponsor


Friend Level Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor



For sponsorship or partner opportunities, please contact Region I Director Johann Calhoun at (267) 602-6527.

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