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  Get to Convention On Wednesday!

NABJ Opening Reception & BET Concert

Featuring Melanie Fiona

Wednesday, June 20





Make sure to book your travel and get to New Orleans early! On Wednesday, June 20, in addition to our Learning Labs, we will also have  a special session, Inside Hollywood: Writing & Producing for the Entertainment Industry. 


Immediately following the session we will have our Kick-off reception New Orleans style, and a special concert bought to us by BET featuring Grammy- nominated soultress Melanie Fiona.


Stay tuned for information on additional special guests!





Earnest Pugh & Micah Stampley


Sunday June 24, 2012 

8:00 a.m.


An NABJ tradition, the Gospel Brunch is one of the convention highlights. Attendees culminate for this experience by feasting on a brunch buffet and enjoying entertainment from various recording artists. Join us this year to hear the sounds of award-winning psalmist, musician and songwriter Earnest Pugh, and the amazing Micah Stampley.




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 Book Your Travel & Get to Convention On Wednesday!

Wednesday Workshop:

Putting Your Journalism Skills to Work in Hollywood   

 Hosted By T.J. Holmes
5:00 p.m.


T.J. Holmes




An esteemed panel of entertainment experts will provide insight on how to transfer journalism skills into a successful entertainment career. Panelists will share personal stories on the opportunities and challenges that come along with writing and producing content for Hollywood and how it impacts the black audience. We'll also examine how our buying power influences what is produced for the big and small screens and what ends up on the chopping block. 



TJ Holmes, BET


Date & Time: 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

5:00pm - 6:30pm


  • Lolis Eric Elie, Writer for HBO's Treme
  • Tim McNeal, VP, Talent Development & Diversity, ABC Television Group & Disney
  • Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i, VP, Diversity & Communications, CBS
  • Gil L. Robertson, Co-Founder & President, African American Film Critics Association
  • Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, SVP., Public Affairs & Government Relations, Nielsen

Applications Now Being Accepted

The Executive Suite --

Professional Development for Managers

June 21st & 22nd


 It's Your Access to Leadership!  


hands-executive site 


Get Educated: By some of the nation's top media executives

Get Engaged: With talented colleagues from all types of media

Get Empowered: To take the next steps in your career


  • Informative, interactive seminars on a wide range of topics:
  • Engaging readers/viewers through technology
  • Mapping out a path from middle management to executive leadership
  • Improving your skills in managing up and managing down
  • Hiring, developing and retaining top talent
  • Navigating the legal issues of social media
  • Personal coaching sessions


Presenters include:

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News, Vice President of News

Johnita Due, CNN, Senior Counsel and Diversity Council Chair

Anders Gyllenhaal, Vice President for News/Washington Editor

Crystal Johns, CBS News, Director Development and Diversity

Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management;

 Chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles Sparks

John Skipper, ESPN, President

Virgil Smith, Gannett Inc., Vice President/Talent Acquisition and Diversity

Duchesne Drew, Star Tribune, Managing Editor of Operations

Neil Foote, President, Foote Communications


Submit your application today!


It's two days you'll remember the rest of your career.


It's your time. It's your career. Take control of it.


Criteria & Application: 

Applicants for Executive Suite Programming must currently be at least a section editor for print or online publication or at least an executive producer for a broadcast outlet. You must be registered or agree to register for 2012 Convention and Career Fair.
Applicants should submit a cover letter with a statement on why you feel you should be selected for this exclusive program and a current resume to Jannice Hodge at by June 1, 2012 with the Subject Heading "Executive Suite".  

Calling All Student Members!

Branding U: The Student Edition

Wednesday, June 20

 8:00 a.m- 5:00 p.m.  


Sending a resume and cover letter through the mail is so yesterday. What you need is an electronic portfolio. At the end of this three-hour workshop, you will be armed with strategies for using cutting-edge applications to develop a virtual resume, tips on how to use social media to boost and promote your brand, and an action plan that will have recruiters knocking down your electronic door.


Herbert Lowe , Journalist in Residence, Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University

Paula Bouknight, Assistant Managing Editor / Hiring and Development, The Boston Globe

Irvin Harrell, Assistant Business Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Walter Middlebrook, Assistant Managing Editor / Metro, The Detroit News

NABJ Student Representative Wesley Lowery discusses what students can look forward to in New Orleans for #NABJ12
Calling all NABJ Students! #NABJ12 is Ready for You!
Calling all NABJ Students! #NABJ12 is Ready for You!

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