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Newsmakers Take Center Stage at Annual Black Journalists Convention This Summer in Boston

Thursday, May 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON-- (May 1, 2014) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair July 30-Aug.3, in Boston. In traditional NABJ fashion, this year's convention brings media leaders  and major issues in the news through its convention plenaries, workshops and news conferences.

"NABJ is excited about going to Boston this summer for our 39th annual convention. It is a fabulous city with the right mixture of a prime location and leisure activities to make a great convention for our members plus I was born here," said Bob Butler, NABJ President. "NABJ has never held a convention in Boston and we look forward to this convention and partnering with a city that celebrates culture and tradition. The convention and programming committees, and the NABJ Board of Directors intend to make this the best convention ever.

NABJ will present its signature programming at the Convention held at the John Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and Sheraton Boston.

The Convention theme, “Revolution to Evolution: Shaping Our Future” embodies the shift taking place in newsrooms across the country. The NABJ Boston Convention aims to equip attendees with the tools they need to thrive in today’s newsrooms. Convention highlights include; a Town Hall Meeting; a session on the Voting Rights Act as it turns 50; CNN‘s Reporters’ Workshop; the Signature Career Branding Exchange; the NABJ Authors Showcase; a session on Mid-term Elections and political coverage; workshops  for sports journalists utilizing the great team resources Boston has to offer; a discussion on covering the legacy of South African leader Nelson Mandela; and a Google Boot Camp for Media, as well as a great line-up of additional programming, which can be found here.

"Our members are excited about coming to Boston. The New England area will see an unprecedented gathering of black journalists that will tackle everything from new strategies for great careers to addressing the issues of the day," said Charles F. Robinson, III, 2014 NABJ Convention Chairman. "Our stay during the week will impact Bostonians. We've scheduled a Town Hall in the historic Roxbury community on Tuesday, July 29. Lastly, the array of speakers we've invited are newsmakers and they will send the message to the world that NABJ is the leading organization  to get your message out to communities across the globe."

"Our programming will tackle serious issues such as the milestone anniversaries of the Voting Rights Act and Brown vs. the Board of Education and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on government surveillance of journalists as well as the best uses of reporting tools such as Google and Twitter," said Program Chair Deirdre C. Hopkins. "From our Town Hall to our legendary Gospel Brunch, our members will experience a jam-packed program of learning and special events.”

An NABJ Convention would not be complete without its signature programs. NABJ will also host its Annual NABJ Celebrity Golf Tournament, the legendary Sports Task Force Scholarship Jam, The NABJ Film Festival, the Salute to Excellence Gala, as well as the Sunday morning farewell, the NABJ Gospel Brunch.

In recent years, Boston has played host to other minority and journalism conventions, such as The National Urban League, Blacks in Government, the Online News Association, and the Asian American Journalists Association.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome the National Association of Black Journalists and their attendees to the City of Boston," said James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. "What better location to host NABJ than Boston, a city rich in journalism history and home to America's very first newspaper (The Boston News-Letter). The 2014 conference can't come soon enough."

Boston is a city steeped in African American history. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit such sites as the Black History Trail, which traces the events central to the African American population that lived there in the 19th century; and the African Meeting House, the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States  where Frederick Douglass delivered a seminal anti-slavery speech in 1860. The cityhas served as home to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as noted activist and scholars Malcolm X, W.E.B. DuBois, Louis Farrakhan, Henry Louis Gates and countless others.

"The Boston Association of Black Journalists looks forward to serving as hosts to the national convention. This is a great vote of confidence in our chapter and our city," said Gary Washburn, Chapter President and National NBA Writer for The Boston Globe. "The annual convention is always a great opportunity to connect with journalists across the country. We will work hard to ensure that NABJ has a enjoyable time when they visit Boston."

The largest annual gathering of journalists of color in the nation, the 2014 convention in Boston anticipates more than  3,000 journalists to be in attendance. The convention annually attracts newsmakers such as Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice and Sen. John Kerry.

Registration is currently open for NABJ's 39th Convention and Career Fair. To register and for travel information, please visit, here. Follow Twitter for updates: @NABJ #NABJ14.

Sponsorship opportunities for #NABJ14 are also available. Please visit here for additional information, here.

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, here.

NOTE: Members of the working press who wish to cover this forum will need to obtain press credentials. To obtain credentials please apply for a media credential, here.

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