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2017 NABJ Region III Conference

3/10/2017 to 3/12/2017
When: March 10-12, 2017
Where: Marriott Hotel Suites Medical Market Center
2493 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX  75207
United States
Contact: Gayle Hurd, NABJ Region III Director

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The Power of Truth: Journalism in the Age of Opinion-Based Media
Marriott Hotel Suites Market Center | March 10-12, 2017





Gayle Hurd
NABJ Region III Director

Cheryl Smith
NABJ Secretary

2017 NABJ Region III Scholarship
DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 14, 2017 (11:59 PM EST)
Click HERE to view the requirements and apply

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

Calling all Investigative Reporters!! (Or those who would like to be) - Space is Limited

NABJ Regional conference, we are offering a special Investigative Reporting workshop conducted by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

IRE is hosting it's Watchdog Workshop at the 2017 R3 Conference! Hone your investigative skills with tips and strategies from IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters. At the end of the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, attendees will receive a certification issued directly from the organization.

These workshops require a separate registration fee. Participants receive certification and a free one-year IRE membership!
 Conference Schedule
Click HERE to view the IRE Program

Friday, March 10
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. IRE Watchdog Workshop - Pt. 1
Southern Methodish University School of Journalism

Powered by Investigative Reporters and Editors

An investigative workshop conducted by IRE personnel to help you hone your reporting and interviewing skills.  Participants receive an IRE certification for investigative reporting and 1 year membership after completion.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Town Hall:  “Protect and Serve, Abushed or Attacked: Resolving the Conflict between Police and the Community”

Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom , Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Powered by SMU School of Journalism

Sarah Glover- NABJ President

Moderator: Kristi NelsonKXAS-TV  NBC5

Panelists: Dominique Alexander – Next Gen Action Network;  Wesley Lowery – Washington Post, Emily Schmall – Associated Press;  Richard DeVayne –WCNC-TV Charlotte 

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Region III Opening Reception -“USVI Nice!” Powered by The US Virgin Islands

Me in the Media Awards - A special contest for High school students interested in a career in Journalism.  Students submit their work which is judged by staff at The University of North Texas . 

 9:00 p.m. NABJ Texas on the Town – Night on your own
Saturday, March 11
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Opening and Welcome - Gayle Hurd, NABJ Region III Director

Chapter GreetingsCheryl Smith, Dallas-Ft. Worth ABJ President
Invocation:  Pastor Pastor Dr. Sheron Patterson

8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Bridget Braxton - Wells Fargo
8:50 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.

Imara Canady – AIDS Healthcare Foundation – Video presentation

8:55 a.m – 9:00 a.m. Norma Adams Wade, NABJ Founder (TBA)
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Plenary Session: Freedom of the Press Under Fire:  Covering Politics under a Trump Administration 
Panelists: Tony Pederson –Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism,  SMU;  Gromer Jeffers – Dallas Morning News;  Samuel Belilty – Univision 23 
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Truth or Consequences: The Rise of Fake News - From alternative facts to fake news, the role and responsibility of a journalist remains paramount.  Learn concrete strategies to tell stories and to address this threat against the First Amendment.  It’s not “1984” indeed it’s 2017 and time for journalists not only to convene, but to also intervene.

Moderator: Siobhan Riley
Panelists: Kacinda Crump- Producer, KDFW-TV, Stephen Wright - News Director, KXAS-TV,  Janell Lewis – Oklahoma,  Demond Fernandez – WFAA-TV

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Landing that First Job, Keeping the Next One

Powered by KXAS-TV, Spectrum News and Tulsa Community College

Young journalists talk candidly about getting their first journalism job.  This popular workshop will also give student attendees the opportunity to have their resumes and their work reviewed by managers and working journalists.
Critique Sessions
Moderator: Ken Smith, Anchor/Reporter, WRAL-TV Raleigh

Jennifer Matthews, Selwyn Crawford, Dallas Morning News; Sydney Gray – KXII-TV.

Reviewers:  Brett Chambers, NC Central University;  Jerry Goodwin, Tulsa Community College, Shasta Gomez, Spectrum News, Spectrum News Recruiter #2;  Russell LaCour –Tulsa World, Robin Whitmeyer, KDFW-TV,  Stephen Wright – KXAS-TV; David Squires – The Undefeated/ Sporting News; Tony Pederson and Valerie Evans – SMU School of Journalism Will Sutton – Grambling State University

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The Power of Persuasion, Negotiation and StrategyNegotiation is a strategic part of one’s professional career whether in contract discussions, identifying sources or submitting requests for proposals. There are powerful persuasive tactics every communication professional should know.  Our panelists will break them down in less than 2,700 seconds.

Moderator:    Dr. Sybril Brown – Belmont University

Panelists: Dean Dorothy Bland, Univ. North Texas, ,  Venton Blandin –ABC Birmingham;  Rebecca Aguilar –Freelance Reporter/Social Media Editor  
12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m. Region III Achievers and Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Keynote Speaker: Kendis Gibson – Co-Anchor, ABC News
1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. IRE Watchdog Workshop Pt. II
Powered by Investigative Reporters and Editors
An investigative workshop conducted by IRE personnel to help you hone your reporting and interviewing skills and where the participants receive an IRE certification for investigative reporting after completion.
1:30 p.m. –2:15 p.m. Professional Workshops - Beg, Borrow, Deal: Entrepreneurship in Journalism from Media Start ups to Longstanding Enterprises – Media professionals are n ow CEO’s.  It’s the latest job addition for many thanks to the digital revolution. In this session, you’ll learn how to build, market and sustain your business – You! Entrepreneurs Unite!
Sponsored by TBA

Moderator: Neil Foote, President/CEO at Foote Communications

Panelists:   Jerry Goodwin, ,Tulsa Community College,  Dr. Kortni Alston, MBA, PhD., Georgia College;  Greg Ellis,  Fmr. Dallas Cowboy, Play Now Enterprises Production Co.
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. #HashtagThis: Using Digital Branding, Algorithms and Bias to Empower your CareerIn a world where everything can be posted, tagged, and shared learning new ways to expand your digital brand is imperative.  From reality to virtual reality come learn the latest developments for ways to create and to update your branding platform.

Moderator:    Mary Benton- Media Relations Manager, Harris County, TX
Panelists:  Jason Caston – Caston Digital; Angela Lang – Social Media Director, United Way; Jaya Franklin, Asst. Dir. of Communications,
Georgia State School of Law; Alexis Mitchell – News Content Specialist -WBTV 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. From the Black Panther Party to The Black Lives Matter Movement: The Struggle Continues– With panelists from both groups, this workshop will give a history lesson on the Black Panthers and through comparison of the two groups show how much things have changed and stayed the same in the civil rights movement.

Moderator: Demond Fernandez – WFAA-TV
Panelists: Aubrey Hooper - Natl. NAACP ; Dominique Alexander -Next Gen Action Network; Ty Bledsoe - VP  Diversity and Inclusion ,AT&T,; Aaron Michaels- New Black Panther Party
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Facebook Live: Like it or not - The popularity of Facebook Live not just among members but of news organizations.  How can this new digital tool help journalists and other media do their jobs?  Is it effective or just fun?

Moderator: Ken Lemon – WSOC-TV

Panelists:  Laila Muhammad - KDAF-TV CW33 , Richard DeVayne -WCNC-TV
5:15 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. R3 Networking: Dallas - Lobby Lounge- Take time after the workshops end to meet and greet attendees or continue conversations started with panelists or fellow R3 members in a relaxed atmosphere!
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Region III Closing Reception and Media Awards- African American Museum of Dallas

Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation

3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas


Featured Performer – Jazz Violinist Richmond Punch
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Dallas Ft. Worth ABJ Chapter Party

Sponsored by DFWABJ 


House of Blues

Foundation Room

2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas, TX
Sunday, March 12
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. R3 In the Spirit – Church Service
Friendship-West Baptist Church
Pastor Frederick D. Haynes, III


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NABJ Region III Conference Early-Bird
By February 10
By March 7
March 10

$35 $40 $50
Student Member

$25 $25 $35

$60 $60 $60
IRE Watchdog Workshop

IRE Watchdog Workshop with Conference Registration

$25 $25 $25

IRE Watchdog Workshop Only

$55 $55 $55

Registration fees will include an additional $3 administrative fee during checkout.

For questions regarding your registration, please contact our registrar or 301-405-0554 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday – Friday.

Hotel Reservations

Marriott Hotel Suites Medical Market Center
2493 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Main: 214-589-6109
Fax: 214-905-0060
Click HERE for Online Reservations

To make your hotel reservation, please contact the Marriott Hotel Suites Medical Market Center at 214-589-6109. Reference "NABJ" to receive the discounted standard room rate of $97/night or $105 w/ breakfast.
Make your reservation early to ensure you stay at the conference hotel. Discounted reservations are based on availability.














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