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2020 NABJ-NAHJ Convention to Take Place in Washington, D.C., Hotel Bids Now Open

Wednesday, October 11, 2017  
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2020 NABJ-NAHJ Convention to Take Place in Washington, D.C., Hotel Bids Now Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2017) -- In preparation for another successful joint convention, the leadership teams of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announce the 2020 joint convention will take place in Washington, D.C. The organizations are now accepting hotel bids for the 2020 joint convention from hotels in Washington, D.C.

With more than 4,000 journalists expected to attend, the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention will be one of the most productive, well-attended and largest gatherings of journalists of color. The associations aim to hold the convention in June with the dates June 24-28, 2020.

At the NABJ-NAHJ joint convention in 2016, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed convention attendees  and answered questions from journalists. Clinton has also been a speaker at the NABJ convention when vying for the Democratic nomination in 2007 against then-Senator Barack Obama.

“The response to the first NABJ-NAHJ joint convention was overwhelmingly positive and NABJ is extremely excited about partnering with NAHJ again,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “This is a mutually beneficial partnership and with 2020 being an election year, we expect all eyes to be focused on this convention and our outstanding caliber of journalists and programming. We will be bringing together journalists not only from across the country, but from around the world. Every journalist, media professional and educator should be as excited as we are about the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention.”

The 2016 joint convention attracted 3,906 attendees. NABJ had 3,225 registrants and NAHJ had 681.

"Looking to the future in 2020, we are preparing to raise the bar in all elements of our convention, making it a dynamic and fulfilling experience for our members," said NAHJ President Brandon Benavides. "Together NABJ and NAHJ have an unique opportunity to collaborate on producing the top programming, leadership development, training and student projects. It will be an event to utilize our excellent partnership to address challenges, as well as ideas to strengthen journalists in the newsrooms, classrooms and leadership positions."

According to both organizations, the move to plan a joint convention four years after the first NABJ-NAHJ convention in the nation’s capital to coincide with the 2020 U.S. presidential election was strategic and discussions began during and immediately following the 2016 joint convention.

The organizations are also looking to secure accommodations at an exemplary facility with adequate spacing to meet programming needs. Hotel properties in Washington, D.C. are welcome to send their formal bid and expressed interest to host the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention with preferred dates of June 24-28, 2020 to the executive directors of NABJ and NAHJ.

All inquiries in reference to the 2020 NABJ-NAHJ Convention RFP for hotel accommodations should be directed to:

Sharon Toomer, NABJ Executive Director

National Association of Black Journalists


Alberto Mendoza, NAHJ Executive Director

National Association of Hispanic Journalists


Please note: NABJ will soon announce a separate RFP for future convention sites for the years 2019 and 2021, and that is separate from the joint convention process. Cities interested in hosting the NABJ convention will be invited to bid on that forthcoming RFP.


About The National Association of Black Journalists:

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 additional information, please visit,

About The National Association of Hispanic Journalists:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancements of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.  For additional information, please visit,

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