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#NABJ17: Call for Proposals Now Open!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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Power Up and Break Through

Hilton New Orleans Riverside | Aug. 9-13, 2017

Convention Chair   Program Chair
Ryan Williams
Director, Multicultural Initiatives at NBC News


Ava Thompson Greenwell, Ph.D.
Professor, Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
NABJ members can expect dynamic programming and bold training this year during the annual convention in New Orleans and NABJ Media Institutes.
The theme for the 2017 NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair is "Power Up and Break Through." We'll explore the future of media, ongoing industry disruptions and newsroom best practices. We'll prepare convention attendees for their own professional breakthrough moments and provide the skills to power up.
"Ryan Williams and Ava Thompson Greenwell will lead NABJ's convention efforts in New Orleans in 2017. Ryan did a phenomenal job co-organizing the historic #NABJNAHJ16 convention. Ava's commitment to NABJ over the years and her efforts to amplify NABJ's annual Ida B. Wells Award is noteworthy," said NABJ President Sarah Glover . "I'm pleased we have two long-time and experienced members at the helm."
Williams, director of multicultural initiatives at NBC News, returns as convention chair. He is the former managing director of NABJ and answered the call in 2016 to step in and help coordinate NABJ's successful joint convention with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
Thompson Greenwell is a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and is co-curator of the Ida B. Wells Award. Prior to teaching, she worked as a reporter at WFLA-TV Tampa, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WEHT-TV in Evansville, Indiana.
The call for workshop panel submissions is now open. The Program Committee is looking for quality proposals with focused and well-defined topics that demonstrate relevance in the media industry, along with those that feature best practices in emerging technologies, storytelling techniques and interactivity.
Only current NABJ members will be able to submit general workshop proposals as part of the call for proposals process. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2017, at midnight PDT.
The NABJ Media Institute kicks off 2017 with "NABJ Presents: The Basics Bootcamp" in Birmingham, Ala., from Feb. 10-11 and #BlackTwitter17 on Feb. 25 in New York City. Members may now register for both programs at
 For more information about submitting a workshop and to access the submission form, please click here!
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