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NABJ to Host Conference for Media Professionals, Entrepreneurs- Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Industry Leaders Will Share Tips and Best Practices for PR Practitioners, Journalists, Business Owners

COLLEGE PARK, MD, October 25, 2011 - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its second annual Media Institute for Media Professionals and Entrepreneurs on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the University of Maryland's Knight Hall in College Park, Md.


Hosted by NABJ's Associate Member Task Force, this year's conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will feature diverse programming for freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students. Workshop panelists represent industry leaders including keynote speaker Sheila Brooks, founder and CEO of SRB Communications, LLC and Marie Johns, deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, public relations professionals and entrepreneurs in workshops that will cover topics such as starting your own business, transitioning into public relations and teaching, using social media to build your personal brand, landing projects and contracts, and renewing and redefining career goals. 


"Given the current economic crisis, many companies and newsrooms continue to downsize and are laying off employees; many of our members have branched out to start their own ventures," said NABJ President Greg Lee. "This conference is an excellent opportunity for any media professional considering working for themselves to get tips from the best on being self-employed. We are gathering the sharpest and brightest independent journalists and public relations professionals in the country to discuss how they were able to turn their skills into thriving businesses."


"We encourage students, professors, business owners, public relations professionals, journalists and anyone looking for a career in communications to attend and learn about best practices in the areas of public relations and communications, said Dawn Angelique Roberts, NABJ Associate Member Representative.


NABJ's Media Institute seeks to teach, compile, disseminate and chronicle information about African- Americans in the field of journalism and news media, and acts as a clearinghouse for information to entities interested in the media and establishing a connection with black journalists.


The NABJ Media Institute offers professional development opportunities, technical training, historical documentation, educational programs, conferences, workshops, entrepreneurial guidance, as well as web seminars, which consist of quality content, and provides resources for students, journalists, and public relations practitioners of color, relating to the media industry.


For registration information, schedule and workshops, please visit here.  The conference is open to the public and registration is $59 for members and $99 for non-members. Continental breakfast and lunch is included. For more information, please contact NABJ's Program Manager, Irving Washington at




An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

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