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12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Interactive Session I

From Fracking to Food Deserts: Covering Environmental Issues 
There’s more to covering energy and the environment than gas prices and polar bears. Environmental issues touch every news beat and disproportionately impact African Americans. Story opportunities abound if you just know where to look. This panel will highlight major environmental topics and equip participants with the resources to localize national environmental and energy stories and find energy and environmental stories on their own beats.
Ryan Nave, Staff Reporter, Jackson (Miss.) Free Press 
Talia Buford, Energy Reporter, Politico 
Brentin Mock, Web Editor, Bridge the Gulf
Monique Harden, Co-Director, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

Data Visualization on the Cheap 
Do you work in a small shop where you’re wearing many hats, including that of web producer? Are you looking for ways to add interactive charts and other web-only components to your work? This session will show you how using simple and mostly free tools.
Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor, the Practice Online/Multimedia Journalism, Boston University

Identifying New Sources and Stories Through Social Media Search Engines
Many journalists use social media to promote their work, engage with the public and track news. But social media also can help identify new sources and stories. This session will introduce participants to a range of specialized social media search engines that will dramatically enhance information gathering for beat reporting, breaking news coverage and long-term investigative projects. The session will focus on using these search engines to identify a broader range of both experts and "real people”. Special attention will be given to using LinkedIn as a news-gathering tool.
Luis Clemens, Senior Editor for Diversity, NPR 

Photojournalism: How To? Where To? And What’s Next? 
 This workshop will provide a practical understanding of the evolution, pertinence and future of photojournalism. The working photojournalist is finding it increasingly difficult to secure income and protect image copyrights with the aggregation of the Internet and other technological developments. Today’s journalists need a better perspective on technology’s effect on tomorrow’s job market. By tracing photojournalism from its early stages to the present, panelists will discuss what skills are necessary for photojournalism today.

Ken Irby, Visual Journalism Group Leader and Director of Diversity, Poynter Institute for Media Studies 
Boysell Hosey, Director of Photography/Multimedia, St. Petersburg Times 
Sarah Glover, Multimedia Journalist, Sarahmedia
Carl Juste, Photojournalist, Iris PhotoCollective

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Identity Politics: What’s the Relevance in a Post Racial Era 
Panelists discuss their books, which analyze the need for African Americans to use ethnic and gender identity to define themselves as well as their politics in an era in which prominent African Americans have made great strides. The panel also will explore what this trend means for black journalists.

Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor,, Contributor, MSNBC
Melissa Harris Perry, Host, MSNBC, Professor, Tulane University, Author, Sister Citizen
Gary Younge, Correspondent, The Guardian Newspaper, Author, Who Are We and Should it Matter in the 21st Century?
Tourè, Contributor, MSNBC, Author, Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness?

Healthy NABJ: You’ve Earned a Say: A Conversation about the Future of Medicare and Social Security
Powered by AARPYou’ve Earned a Say is a national conversation, recently launched by the American AARP, to ensure that Americans have a say in the future of Medicare and Social Security. AARP will host several town hall-style meetings, community conversations, debates, webcasts, bus tours and other events – all with the goal of giving communities a chance to learn about Medicare and Social Security proposals, share their views and offer their own ideas about how to keep these programs strong for generations to come. As part of this effort, there is a critical need to educate and inform communities of color about future changes to Medicare and Social Security policy.

Jeff Johnson, Journalist/Author
Hazel Trice Edney, President, Capital Press Club, and Editor-in-Chief, Trice Edney Wire
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President/CEO, Global Policy Solutions and Board Chair, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare 
Jamal Simmons, Political Commentator, The Raben Group

Black News Entrepreneurs: Where Are They? 
Around the country, news entrepreneurs, many of them displaced journalists, have launched nearly 3,000 community news startups and niche news sites. Yet only a handful of these entrepreneurs have been people of color, despite the cotninued need for coverage of ethnic, immigrant and minority communities. In vetting some 2,500 applications for startup funding, J-Lab has developed some insights, noted some patterns, and recognized some successes and some failures. In this workshop, participants will explore the opportunities and challenges and hear from those who have successfully launched media companies.

Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Glenn Burkins, Founder & Editor,
Michelle Ferrier, Founder & Managing Editor,

Roots 2012: What Happens After You Trace Your Ancestry Back To Africa? 
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African Americans have traced their ancestry to Africa. A panel of African Americans who traced their roots to Africa through DNA will share how the experience led to dramatic and emotional changes in their lives. NABJ convention attendees will be eligible to win DNA kits allowing them to trace their roots to the African country and ethnic group from which their ancestors came

Gina Paige, Co-Founder and President, African Ancestry.Com.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Singer and Actress 
Glenn Gordon, Actor and Playwright

A "Brand” New You: Cut Through The Media Clutter and Make Your Mark! 
Creating your own journalist brand is a must these days, as we all work to differentiate ourselves from the news/blogger crowd. Having your own brand can boost your profile at your current job, lead you to your next job or even help you create your own entrepreneurial Website or blog. This panel will offer tips, tricks, tools and techniques to help you create your own brand and take it to the next level.

Natalie McNeal, Personal Finance Journalist/Blogger/Speaker, 
Bomani Jones, Sports Personality, Contributor, and ESPN’s "Around the Horn” and "Jim Rome is Burning” 
Marcus Osborne, Founder & Podcaster/Blogger, Straight Male Friend
Corynne L. Corbett, Beauty Director, Essence
Benet Wilson, Founder,, Freelance Aviation/Travel Journalist, Director of Media Relations, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

What Does it mean to be An African-American website? 
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NBC and other news organizations have made a commitment to serve African-American audiences with sites such as But what does that work exactly? Is there such a thing as ‘black news’? Does does that let other news reports "off the hook” in terms service African American audiences? A panel of leading black sites will discuss the filters that guide story selection and editing, as well as their sites’ influence on their parent news organization as a whole.

Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer, NBC News
Christina Norman, Executive Editor, HuffPost BlackVoices
Darrell Williams,CEO,
Donna Byrd, Publisher,
David Wilson, Founder & Executive Editor,

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