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NABJ Request for Proposals

 


RFP for Mobile App and Mobile Website

March 6, 2019

 About Us

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 of journalists of color in the nation with more than 3,500 members. Many of NABJ's members also belong to one of the professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide.

 Project Overview

As an organization that relies heavily on digital marketing and communications strategies, NABJ seeks a development, creative and project management team to oversee and implement the ideation, technical production and creation of a mobile app that syncs with a mobile website.

This project is three parts: create an organizational mobile app; update/convert the existing organizational website www.nabj.org to a mobile-optimized, responsively designed website; and archive, transfer and purge existing content as determined by the organization.

The core audience for the app is the NABJ membership, event attendees and partners. Since there is a large and growing interest in the association, and the content we will aggregate/produce will circulate across the African-American community (with a buying power at more than $1 trillion) and within the journalism/media industry, NABJ contends the app and the revised website will generate international interest.

The goal of this project is to maximize web-based technologies; enhance membership, participant and partner relationships and engagement; improve program delivery and service; increase awareness and access to NABJ; promote involvement through programs; and improve business efficiencies.

This app and its corresponding website must include the following:

-  A main vehicle for releasing the association's news and information (includes a news sharing platform that feeds headlines to the homepage)

-  Platform for multi-media content distribution

-  Daily events calendar platform (that feeds events to the homepage)

-  Functionality with current vendors' API (i.e. YourMembership, Mobilecause, etc.)

-  Preferred app and web features include: push notifications, feedback and contact options, surveys, forms, and social media  integration and related feeds

-  Sponsorship/ad placement and delivery options

-  Capabilities to integrate financial transactions (donations and registrations for multiple events)

-  Potential to incorporate the annual convention app capabilities, such as workshop and event listings

-  App functionality on Android and iOS platforms

- Responsiveness design capability and exceptional user interface that enhances our brand

-  Sections of the website/app that are password protected and for members only

-  Platforms for membership and events registration management

 

The preferred mobile app and website timeline includes an April project start date with a 60-90-day project completion timeline. 

 

Proposals should include:

-  Background information on the company(s) and principals who will execute the project

- Portfolio or documentation of similar work

-  All proposed project execution components, including any subcontractors or project collaborators

-  Project timeline

-  Proposed budget including details on all costs associated

- Technical specifications for the mobile app and mobile website

-  Additional insights on the proposed look, feel and functionality and processes

 

Please send your proposal to Director of Communications Kanya Stewart at kstewart@nabj.org by Tuesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. EDT.  (Please note the deadline extension due to providing responses to FAQs as a courtesy.) Submissions will be reviewed, and proposals will be responded to by April 5.  FAQS are also now available in response to inquiries we have received here.

 

 

NABJ & NAHJ Annual Conventions and Career Fair RFP Open for 2020


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 of journalists of color in the nation with approximately 3,500 members. Many of NABJ's members also belong to one of the professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics/Latinos in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,200 members throughout the US, Puerto Rico and Mexico and has 20 professional chapters and 21 student chapters.

This RFP is for 2020. Important decision factors include rate and concessions; city accessibility; local and regional business support; hotel properties only (may use overflow); city, hotel and CVB incentives and/or promotions. Please no phone calls. Please email one electronic PDF formatted version of the proposal to: Sharon Toomer at stoomer@nabj.org, Nate Chambers at nchambers@nabj.org and Alberto B. Mendoza at abmendoza@nahj.org.

The following is an explanation of the NABJ-NAHJ 2020 Joint Convention RFP solicitation and selection process:

  • The deadline for submissions is 6:00 p.m. (ET), on Monday, February 5, 2018.
  • Submissions will be reviewed, and hotels that meet criteria will be contacted for a site visit. The site visit team will include four to six representatives from NABJ and NAHJ. Subsequent to the site visit, recommendations will be made to NABJ and NAHJs’ Board of Directors.
  • Once a recommendation has been accepted, NABJ and NAHJ will contact the hotel to finalize negotiations.

Click HERE to view and download the RFP.


NABJ Convention RFP Open for 2019 and 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is officially opening the Request For Proposal (RFP) convention site selection process for NABJ Conventions in 2019 and 2021.

Cities and hotels interested in hosting the annual convention may do so by requesting an NABJ RFP directly from NABJ's designee, Ms. Rusty Jackson of HelmsBriscoe. Cities and hotels may reach Ms. Jackson at rjackson@helmsbriscoe.com and 864-363-1160. 
 
The proposed RFP timeline: 
Nov. 6, 2017 - CVB/City expression of interested to NABJ
Nov. 22, 2017 - Final proposals submitted to NABJ
Dec. 18, 2017 - CVB/City finalists notified
Jan. 12/13, 2018 - CVB/City finalists presentations to NABJ
Jan. 30, 2018 - Selected CVB/City notifications
 
The NABJ Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, led by NABJ Founder William Dilday and NABJ Lifetime Member Dr. Sheila Brooks, outlined the committee's recommendations for future convention site selections following the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 directive at the 2017 NABJ spring board meeting. Based on past conventions and other performance metrics, the board accepted the committee's recommendation that identifies 10 cities for NABJ to explore as future convention sites. Although additional cities may bid through a Request for Proposal process and be considered, NABJ has identified 10 cities as locations likely to provide critical revenue generating opportunities for the organization and a successful convention experience for attendees. The 10 cities are:
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Charlotte, NC*
  • Dallas, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Washington, DC
    *To be considered only if discriminatory laws are repealed.
NABJ President Sarah Glover will advise NABJ chapter representatives on the RFP process during a conference call with chapter presidents tonight. 

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About The National Association of Black Journalists:
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit, www.nabj.org.
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