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3:45 – 5:00 p.m. 
Interactive Session II

One-Man Banding and Your Career: How to Do It and Why You Should 
For many reporters, working as a one-man band is almost synonymous with putting in the grunt work in a sleepy hamlet with the thought that, one day, they’ll finally be paired with a photographer in a top 50 market. But what about those who are actually crazy enough to choose to report, shoot and edit as a career? This fact is clear: one-man bands are becoming the norm at stations across the country. So how does one launch a successful career as a one-man multimedia show? And how will a career in multimedia journalism get one to a bigger market faster? This workshop will focus on multimedia journalism as a career and why it makes sense.
Blayne Alexander, Multimedia Journalist, WXIA-TV, Atlanta 
Mara Schiavocampo, Correspondent, NBC News 
Sandra Gonzalez, Multimedia Journalist, WGNO-TV, New Orleans

New Ways to Cover Political Campaigns
Dispatches from the road have been replaced by Twitter feeds, blogs and viral videos. Are you taking advantage of these new ways to report on campaigns? Hear from veterans and "new jack” reporters who are breaking the mold on campaign coverage, and learn how to get paid for your expertise. From first-time reporters to seasoned veterans, getting the all-important credential to national political conventions is the first step. Now that you’re inside the bubble, what sorts of stories are people looking for back home? How can you best meet that challenge so often seen in campaign reporting of separating opinion from fact? Learn how to turn your expertise into an asset.
Charles F. RobinsonIII, Political Correspondent, Maryland Public Television 
Cynthia Gordy, Political Reporter, The 
Nia-Malika Henderson, Political Reporter, The Washington Post 
Monroe Anderson, Columnist/Blogger, MonroeAnderson.Typepad.comb 
Jesse Holland, Reporter, The Associated Press 
Bryan Monroe, Editor,

NABJ Founders: Behind The Scenes 
An informal back-and-forth discussion between NABJ founders and members – particularly new members, students and interested convention attendees – who want to know more about the Dec. 12, 1975, founding meeting of NABJand the pioneers’ early trials and tribulations.

Moderated by: 
Maureen Bunyan, Anchor, WJLA-TV, NABJ Founder 
Les Payne, Columnist for Newsday, NABJ Founder

The Professors’ Press Conference: What They Didn’t Tell You in Graduate School about Academia 
Many journalists transitioning from the newsroom to the classroom receive a rude awakening when they see how much time is spent in committee meetings, on service projects to the university or serving as an academic or organization adviser. Panelists will share what they have seen regarding the side of university life that new educators might not anticipate before arriving on campus. The panel will be presented as a press conference to allow the audience the maximum amount of time to ask and receive answers to their questions. Convention attendees will be invited to submit questions before the discussion so that the panelists are certain to cover issues of interest.
Yolanda McCutchen, Instructor of Mass Communications, Claflin University 
Wayne Dawkins, Assistant Professor, Hampton University 
Nathaniel Frederick II, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Winthrop University

Getting That First Job — What You Haven’t Heard Before 
As NABJ enters its 37th year, many aspiring journalists are struggling to find their first industry job in a troubled economy. This panel will offer new and innovative ways for new journalists to break into the market. All the panelists have graduated within the last five years and attracted job offers within weeks of commencement. This session will help participants learn more about diversifying skills, networking effectively, building professional experience and enhancing interview skills. Attendees will leave with concrete takeaways, including a top 10 tips handout and 250 business cards.
Vicki Zimmerman, Regional News Director, Raycom Media 
Allen Huntspon, Associate Producer, CNN 
Tamika Bickham, General Assignment Reporter, WAKA- CBS8 
Brittany Geneva Cummings, Associate Producer, CNN 
Glenn Proctor, Founder/Training Director. REDDjobb LLC

Authors Showcase: Using History to Tell Our Stories 
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This panel will focus on techniques involving, research of the past to develop story narratives in a variety of best-selling genres, including biography, fiction and memoir.

Michelle Norris, Host, All Things ConsideredNPR
Leonard Pitts, Columnist, Miami Herald, Author, Freeman
Mark Whitaker, managing Editor, CNN, Author, My Long Trip Home
Rachel Swarns, Reporter, The New York Times, Author. American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Healthy NABJ: Fighting for Food Justice in the Black Community 
The most frequently occurring chronic diseases — diabetes, cancer, stroke, hypertension and heart disease — are all diet-related and are all eating away at the collective quality of life of African Americans. With the increase of diet-related disease disproportionately impacting African Americans, urban food movements across America are working to address access and affordability to healthy foods. This panel will connect the dots in the pipeline – the role of Black farmers, the need for more African-American registered dietitians, reclaiming our cultural foods and and dvocating for food sovereignty.

Evelyn F. Crayton, EdD, RD, LD, Extension Assistant Director, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Professor, College of Human Sciences’ Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Auburn University
Tambra Stevenson, Blogger, DC FOOD JUSTICE
Michael W. Twitty, Cooking Gene Project 
Tanikka Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Healthy Solutions
Harvey Reed, Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Cooperatives
Jenga Mwendo, Founder, Backyard Gardeners Network

Faces Behind the Lens: The Unseen Sports Jobs 
Sports fans are familiar with the well-known, on-air personalities. But most people don’t see the people behind the camera – the producers, directors, editors, talent bookers and publicists calling the shots. This session will feature a group of professionals who will provide an overview of the sports jobs you should know and what it takes to succeed in these positions.

Rashan Ali, Social Media Correspondent, NBA TV 
Galen Gordon, Coordinating Producer, ESPN 
Harold Bryant, Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports 
Drew Watkins, Creative Director, Turner Sports 
Tony Wyllie, Senior Vice President, Communications, Washington Redskins

Google for Journalists: Getting the Most from the Web 
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Learn how to work more efficiently and effectively on the web. Whether your focus is print, broadcast, or digital journalism, this session will offer tips and tricks you can use to search smarter, keep better tabs on your beat, see what’s hot and add a visual edge to your online content.

Combating Voter Suppression in the Field, the Courts and Congress 
Voting rights are under attack in this country as state legislatures nationwide pass voter suppression laws under the pretext of preventing voter fraud and safeguarding election integrity. Join our panel of leading experts and journalists as they discuss the 2012 election and the legal struggle to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.

Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus 
Melanie Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel, The Brennan Center for Justice Washington, D.C.

Sean Carlson, Manager of Global Communications, Google

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