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NABJ Opens Request for Proposals for 2023 & 2025 Convention Site Selection

Wednesday, May 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2019) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is officially opening its Request for Proposal (RFP) process for site selections for NABJ Conventions in 2023 and 2025.
Cities and hotels interested in hosting the annual convention may do so by requesting NABJ RFP criteria directly from NABJ's designee:
Ms. Ricki Shaw
Director of Global Accounts
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (770) 814-6800
Fax: (801) 720-8722


Chapters who are interested in hosting the NABJ Convention should contact their local CVB.

The proposed bidding timeline is as follows:
•Thursday, May 23, 2019 –Open RFP announcement
•Monday, June 20, 2019 –RFP due date
•Tuesday, July 9, 2019 –Finalist notifications
•TBD –Site inspections
•Monday, Aug. 5 –Finalist cities submitted to the Board
•Monday and/or Tuesday, Aug. 5/6 –Board makes final selection
The NABJ Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, led by Executive Director Drew Berry with assistance from NABJ Founder William Dilday and NABJ Lifetime Member Dr. Sheila Brooks, outlined the committee's recommendations for future convention site selections following the directive of the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020.Several of these cities are being considered for 2023 and 2025.
Based on past conventions and other performance metrics, NABJ has identified 12 cities as locations likely to provide critical revenue generating opportunities for the organization and successful convention experiences for attendees.
Cities must commit to $75,000 in financial, sponsorship and in-kind services. This support must be fully committed to in writing by the funding sources at the time of submitting the proposal to host the NABJ Convention. Additionally, sixty (60) days prior to the start of the convention, funds and/or in-kind services that represent the financial commitment must be received at the NABJ National Office.
The priority cities are listed below, however other cities may also apply and will be considered.
  • Dallas
  • Philadelphia
  • Chicago
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Birmingham
  • Cincinnati
  • St. Louis
NABJ President Sarah Glover will advise NABJ chapter representatives on the RFP process during a conference call with chapter presidents at a future date.
About NABJ
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation. For more information, please visit


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