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NABJ-NAHJ 2020 Convention Information
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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will hold our joint National Convention & Career Fair from July 8-12, 2020. 

#NABJNAHJ20 will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, located at 2660 Woodley Road NW. (Hotel blocks will open soon. Stay tuned to our emails, social media and website for updates and and for details on convention registration.)

Our convention is the premier venue for journalism training, career development, networking opportunities and exposure to new and unreleased media platforms and films! We attract leaders and influencers in journalism and digital media, communications, technology, education, business, arts and entertainment, sports, politics and more.

The #NABJNAHJ20 Career Fair draws hundreds of recruiters from the top media companies and journalism schools from across the country and around the world. Countless headline makers, innovators and industry leaders in politics, media, journalism and film have attended #NABJNAHJ20 Conventions.


Special guests and speakers have included then-Sen. (President) Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, RNC Chairs Michael Steele and Reince Priebus, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, Bishop T. D. Jakes, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Ava Duvernay, Tyler Perry, Chance the Rapper, Hill Harper, Michael B. Jordan and Tamron Hall. 

 NABJ and NAHJ together attract more than 6,000 attendees to its conventions.


#NABJNAHJ20 Mission and Convention Goals

  • Identify and highlight innovation programs that improve access for journalists of color.

  • Facilitate diversity in all sectors of journalism and encourage greater collaboration among journalists’ organizations and media companies.

  • Advance diversity, inclusion and equality on digital platforms, in newsrooms, campuses and reporting.

  • Enhance career opportunities for black and hispanic journalists.

  • Facilitate systemic change throughout media organizations.

  • Promote industry-wide dialogue on diversity and increase cultural sensitivity.

  • Continue to provide NABJ and NAHJ members, exhibitors, recruiters, and partner opportunities to network and build relationships.

Hotel Reservations

#NABJNAHJ20 Hotel Reservations


Rate: $189 per night plus taxes.

Outdoor Terrace at Omni Shoreham


2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C.  20008 

Ask for the NABJ-NAHJ Room Block!

 Call 800-843-6664 (800-THE-OMNI) to book.

Click here to book online.

See booking guidelines below.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW • Washington, D.C. 20008




 Convention session proposals are now open! Click here to submit your ideas!


The Call for Sessions is now open until midnight (PT) on January 17, 2020 for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair scheduled for July 8-12, 2020 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Due to the anticipated high volume of submissions and limited space availability, NABJ members may submit up to two (2) session proposals for consideration that explore the future of journalism and media. Please be prepared to submit organizer and panelist/presenter contact information, provide the proposed session title and description, select a track, and acknowledge several disclaimers.

Contact if you have any questions throughout this process. 

 #NABJNAHJ20 Career Fair 

The #NABJNAHJ20 Career Fair is the largest career expo for minority journalists and media professionals in the country. The #NABJNAHJ20 Career Fair will take place from July 8-10 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The Career Fair showcases the tremendous range of news organizations operating today, from journalism schools to digital startups looking for journalists and media-related professionals for their newsrooms.

The companies that attend the Career Fair are seeking to fill full-time positions, internships and freelance assignments. Employers seek candidates to cover a range of subject areas including health and science, business and economics, investigative journalism, sports, weather, media, technology, politics and government, general assignment, race and justice, metro and community news, arts, culture and entertainment, food, travel and fashion, international news and more.


#NABJNAHJ20 Career Fair Booth Registration Coming Soon.

Prepare to secure your space early! Booth selection is based on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • 10’ x 10’ booth includes one table, two chairs, booth sign, one waste basket, and pipe & drape

  • Two (2) complimentary convention registrations for each 10’ x 10’ booth

  • “New” - 3 full days of recruiting and exhibiting

  • Listing in #NABJNAHJ20 convention souvenir program book

  • Listing on #NABJNAHJ20 Mobile App with booth number and website link

  • Listing in #NABJNAHJ20 convention highlight email (audience 25,000+)

  • Logo (linked) and 50-word description on digital exhibitor page on #NABJNAHJ20 website

  • Perimeter security guard service

  • Recruiter/Exhibitor registration includes premium convention bag, convention program book, and access to convention workshops

Exhibit Sales: Veronique Dodson at 301.405.0554 or

Become A Convention Partner

The #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair boasts the largest journalism jobs fair in the United States and is the premier venue for journalism education and career development for the nation’s leaders in media, business, arts and entertainment, and technology. Thousands of the nation’s top journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students will gather at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park from July 8-12, 2020.


Through the National Convention, NABJ and NAHJ provide a number of programs and services designed to enhance the careers and lives of our members, ranging from the career fair and networking events to professional development workshops and technical training.


• Gain insider connections with leaders in media and journalism

• Increase visibility among influencers and storytellers that uniquely span news and business industries

• Advance organizational priorities

• Network with corporate leaders who champion diversity, inclusion and equity

• Illustrate commitment to community and the future of journalism

• Recruit top talent in a broad range of disciplines representing broadcast, digital, film and print media

• Receive exposure on our platforms reaching thousands of followers

#NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair Social Media Reach

  • 5.4M Direct Reach

  • 6.7M Direct Impressions

Combing news coverage, blogs, forums, live streaming, social media, etc., #NABJ19 reached 27M plus


General #NABJ Impact

In 2019, #NABJ has reached:

  • 34.9M+ across all online/social platforms.

Here is the breakdown of our audiences to date:

  • Twitter: 32K followers grew to 37K followers in 2019
  • Facebook: 14K followers grew to 16K followers in 2019
  • Instagram: 6.2K followers grew to 9.1K followers in 2019

Custom partner opportunities are available. To discuss your options, reach out to JoAnne Lyons Wooten, NABJ Development Director, at or 301-405-6986.


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