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A Message from the NABJ President - #NABJ18 Edition 6/22/2018

Friday, June 22, 2018  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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June 22, 2018
Dear NABJ Family:

I am excited to share convention highlights and the top things to know about #NABJ18. The NABJ convention planning team, local chapter, staff and board have been working tirelessly to present a phenomenal #NABJ18 Convention & Career Fair Aug. 1-5 in Motown! 

Detroit-NABJ President Vince McGraw, NABJ Region II Director Vickie Thomas and Honorary Co-Chairs Rochelle Riley and Jemele Hill are among the many Detroiters looking forward to welcoming you to the Comeback City. Watch the D's latest #MeetmeintheD welcome video below.

#NABJ18: Welcome to Detroit
#NABJ18: Welcome to Detroit

Here are 10 things that I think you should know about #NABJ18....

1. SAVE $$$ ---> Pre-registration was extended to Monday, June 25. Register now here and save big! Also, students may apply for travel assistance via the Columbia Journalism Fellowship by July 5. Apply here

NABJ is offering a limited number of hardship complimentary #NABJ18 convention registrations. Deadline to apply is July 6 and information can be found here.

2. TRAVEL WITH EASE: NABJ has helped facilitate savings by arranging for discounted travel codes via American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines. We've also secured a coupon on shuttle service to and from the airport via Skoot. Our room block at the Marriott hotel is sold out. You may call the hotel to see if there are any specific room nights available, but in short, we are at capacity at the host hotel. NABJ has arranged for overflow rooms at the Greektown Casino-Hotel. Obtain all travel information here.

3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  The convention program is top-notch. This year, our plenaries cover important topics, such as: technology and digital; race, politics and social justice; and entrepreneurship and branding. Tyler Perry will join us for a special masterclass on branding on Friday. The Intercept's Shaun King will participate on the W.E.B. DuBois plenary. Retha Hill, Roland Martin, Facebook's Simone Oliver and tech enthusiast Jaylen Bledsoe will provide hands-on digital tips and innovation insights on the newsmaker tech plenary. Don't forget to journey to the Innovation Bubble to receive hands-on digital tips and demonstrations. 

4. GET A JOB: Two words for our career fair - sold out. Our career fair is the largest journalism jobs fair in the United States, and we are working feverishly to present a second careers location to bring you access to even more media employers and jobs. If you are a journalist/media professional looking for a job or an aspiring journalist/media professional, you need to pack those resumes and business cards, and be at the NABJ Career Fair. Our partners look forward to meeting you. 

5. LOOK WHO'S COMING to #NABJ18: James Brown of CBS, Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Activist DeRay Mckesson, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner, Demetria Obilor of WFAA, Ron Nixon of NYT, Ben Chavis of NNPA, Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson, Actor/Comedian Brandon T. Jackson, Hannah Allam of Buzzfeed, Motown R&B artist Kevin Ross... and many more professionals. 


6. BLACK EXCELLENCE in MEDIA: #NABJ18 will honor the best journalism this year at our signature Salute to Excellence program, and bestow the Journalist of the Year Award upon Jemele Hill and hand out multiple other noteworthy awards. NABJ will induct five amazing professionals into its 2018 Hall of Fame class: Albert J. Dunmore, Victoria Jones, Louis Martin, William C. Rhodes and Bob Ray Sanders. Other special honors winners announced to date include: Natasha S. Alford - Emerging Journalist, Wynona Redmond - Media Professional Award, Robert G. McGruder - Legacy, Rhonda Walker - Community Service, Beverly White - Lifetime, and Everett L. Marshburn - Journalist of Distinction. Tickets for the Salute to Excellence and Hall of Fame Awards may be purchased hereNABJ will be treated to a special performance by Motown sensation Kevin Ross at the Salute to Excellence Awards.

7. SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Apply to receive targeted training with our partners: NBCUniversity deadline is July 27. CNN Reporters Workshop deadline is July 16. CNN Producers Workshop (for all off-air journos) deadline is July 16. CNBC Business Producing Workshop deadline is June 29. High school students may apply to partake in JSHOP at the convention here

8. PARTY & PRAISE WITH PURPOSE: Attend the NABJ Sports Task Force Jam and the Nissan Presents: A Night With Kem concert. The 12th annual Sports Task Force Jam tickets are available here. Kem tickets can be purchased here and use code NABJ18. The NABJ Gospel Brunch is back with some stellar guests. You'll have to wait till Monday for some big announcements. Preview: the NABJ Gospel Choir is organizing to make a comeback! Buy Gospel Brunch tickets here

9. BLACK ART & IMAGES: The Visual Task Force Auction is a convention mainstay. Plan to attend this year's auction on Saturday, Aug. 4 and purchase images from some of the top news photographers in the country. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and professional development programming for visual journalists. 

10. AUTHORS SHOWCASE TOPS 30+: The NABJ Author's Showcase is on fleek this year. We've got more than 30 authors who will be sharing their new works and providing inspiration during the carousel of author's signings and events. 

If my list hasn't got you excited about all the value NABJ is bringing you, take it from Detroiter Jamilah Jackson who has penned a list herself -- 5 reasons why black female millennials should attend #NABJ18

Detroit is going through a renaissance. Come witness this lovely city firsthand. With so many most exciting community developments in this Comeback City - that boasts a burgeoning food and restaurant scene, there are plenty of things to do and enjoy in the walkable downtown area. The last time that NABJ held its convention in the D was in 1992. Come show our Detroit chapter some NABJ love and register today.

The NABJ board of directors looks forward to welcoming you to Detroit this August. 

Stay tuned to and for the latest convention news and announcements. 


Yours in Service,
Sarah Glover
NABJ President

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