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NABJ to Host 2013 Region 1 Conference in New York

Tuesday, September 17, 2013   (0 Comments)
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NABJ to Host 2013 Region 1 Conference in New York

Students, Journalists, Entrepreneurs and PR Practitioners Will Meet to Focus on Changes in Journalism

 Washington, DC (September 17, 2013) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the 2013 Region 1 Conference Saturday, September 28 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Associated Press (AP) New York headquarters, 450 West 33rd St., New York, NY, 10001.

This conference is designed to do two things.  First, this conference will build upon the skills of the aspiring journalists who live in the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Second, this conference will allow seasoned journalists seen on our television screens and viewed in the various forms of print and new media to enhance their skills and acquire new ones.

"The regional conferences and media institutes fulfill the wishes of members who want to take advantage of training but can't always attend the convention," said NABJ president Bob Butler.

"The Region 1 Conference is but one of many opportunities members can expect in the next two years."

Students, public relations practitioners, journalists and entrepreneurs are all expected to attend the event.

"We're giving journalists in the area and beyond another chance to refresh their skills and gain additional training to be better prepared for the ever-changing journalism world,” said Sherlon Christie, NABJ’s Region 1 Director.

NABJ has teamed up with the Asbury Park Press, NBC News, The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and Neighbor to Family, Inc. as sponsors of the Region 1 Conference, which is being held in conjunction with the 2013 NABJ Media Institute for Media Professional & Entrepreneurs on Friday, September 27, also at the AP building.

The keynote workshop "Can Media Professionals Play Key Roles In Helping Underserved Communities understand ObamaCare?” will be moderated by Mark Thompson, host of the Mark Thompson show, and will feature panelists Pamela Gentry, Director of the Strategic Marketing Group in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Gordon Johnson, the President & CEO of Neighbor to Family, Inc.

The keynote session is one of 10 workshops offered on Saturday, September 28 and the theme of the 2013 NABJ Region 1 Conference is "Topics, Training, Transitions: Preparing for the changes in journalism.” With that theme in mind, some of the other topics that will be covered include "Being a better TV producer”, "How to be viewed as an expert,” "Crossing the line from journalism to public relations,” "How to start and maintain a successful business,” and "Growing your audience with Google+ and authorship in search.”

Click HERE to View the Schedule at a Glance. Click HERE to Register for the Region 1 Conference.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit



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