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When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W 40th Street
New York, NY  10018
United States
Contact: Lisa Waldschmitt

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8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Andrew Mendelson, Associate Dean,  CUNY J-School, @andrewmendelson

Sarah Glover, President, National Association of Black Journalists, @sarah4nabj


9:15 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. This Year in Black Social Media

Dr. Williams & Dr. Clark join us via Skype to discuss this past year in black social media. We will explore trending topics, ongoing themes and how black social media has changed since our last conference.

Dr. Sherri Williams, Wake Forest University, @SherriWrites

Dr. Meredith Clark, University of North Texas, @MeredithClark

Moderator: Chelsea Fuller, Co-Chair, Young Journalists Task Force, @fulloffaith22


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Black Media Post-Election

How will black media and black journalists operate during the Trump Presidency? Our panelists will explore this topic and explain how they are continuing to produce outstanding journalism.

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, @WesleyLowery

Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio Philadelphia, @CherriGregg

Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian & NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year, @JamilesLartey

Errol Louis, Spectrum NY1 & CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, @ErrolLouis

Moderator: Walter Smith-Randolph, Young Journalists Task Force, @WalterReports


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Social Media Break/Grab Lunch

Take this time to update your Twitter Lists, add to a Storify, follow your neighbor, exchange business cards and grab lunch to get ready for our lunch speakers. Please use #BlackTwitter17 for all social media posts. Bathrooms are located to the left of the stage. Lunch is catered.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Chat & Chew with Blavity & Buzzfeed

Join Sylvbia Obell from Buzzfeed and Branden Harden from Blavity to discuss how the two organizations operate in the social media spectrum.

Sylvia Obell, Buzzfeed, @SylviaObell

Brandon T. Harden, Blavity, @BrandonTrevion


1:10 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.Social Media Activism

This panel takes a look at how activism and activists use social media. It will also examine how movements start on social media. From #DAPL to #BlackLivesMatter, we’re taking a deep dive into how movements start, evolve and make news via social media.

Tyler Tynes, SB Nation, @TylerRickyTynes

Steve Pargett, The Dream Defenders, @DreamDefenders

Aaron Morrison, Mic. com, @AaronLMorrison

Moderator: Chelsea Fuller, Senior Communications Manager, Blackbird Communications

2:20 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Top Tools & Branding for Social Media

How do I get a blue check mark? How do I brand myself? What are Twitter moments? How do I not saturate the social media market? You have questions, our panelists have the answers.

Jozen Cummings, Bleacher Report, @JozenC

Rhonda Elnaggar, Buzzfeed, @Rhonda_Elnaggar

Benet Wilson, AviationQueen, @BenetWilson

Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian, @JamilesLartey

Moderator: Walter Smith-Randolph, Investigative Reporter, WWMT (CBS West Michigan)


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. What’s Next is Now in Social Media

NABJ President Sarah Glover of NBC Owned TV Stations and Sinclair Broadcasting's Manny Fantis and Teghan Collins explore emerging trends in social media, including Facebook Live. The trio will provide insights into digital job opportunities and the skills companies are looking for in job candidates. This panel will help sharpen your social skills. Take notes & tweet!

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mixer at CUNY Cafe

Please join us in the CUNY Cafe to exchange business cards, talk about what we learned and learn more about upcoming NABJ & CUNY events.


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by February 23
February 25

$40.00 $70.00
Student $25.00 $55.00
$50.00 $80.00

(Total includes a $3.00 administrative fee)


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