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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.  Many of NABJ's 4,000 members also belong to one of the dozens of professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide.


NABJ holds an annual convention and career fair each summer with dozens of plenary sessions and workshops for professional development. The career fair draws hundreds of recruiters and is among the best means of finding a job in the industry. At the annual Salute to Excellence Award Dinner, special recognition honors (Lifetime Achievement, Journalist of the Year, Community Service, etc.) are bestowed at each convention.


Submission Instructions


NABJ is accepting bids for our annual convention production support needs.  NABJ will consider in-house as well as outside vendors.


The convention takes place on June 20 – 24, 2012 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Convention center floor plans are available here. NABJ will utilize the Grand Ballroom and the Hilton Exposition Center. Submitters should review the website for space specifications.


Please submit your bid by Friday, February 3rd, at 5:00pm EST. 


To submit your bid, please fill out the online application here. 

The PDF document you submit on the application should be addressed as follows:


Maurice Foster Esq.
Executive Director
National Association of Black Journalists
1100 Knight Hall Suite 3100 College Park, MD  20742
Phone: (301) 405-0248                   
Fax: (301) 314-1714


Please itemize your bid and include any support service costs, i.e. electricity or audio patches. 


Decision Process

            The following factors will be considered in the RPF process:


o   Responsiveness

o   Timeliness

o   Availability for 45 min. Q/A session

o   Creativity, flexibility and willingness to ask questions

Production Responsibilities


The Production Company is responsible for:


  • All technical needs associated with Imag (Image Magnification) during events that will take place in the big ballroom(s).  To include cameras, camera personnel, staging and lighting for all shows:
    • Plenary Sessions
    • Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner
    • Gospel Brunch
    • Special large ballroom programming
  • 3 studio configured hard cameras, camera operators
  • All direction and technical direction of large scale productions (rundowns to be provided by producers)
  • Graphics package for convention and large meal events (convention logo, lower third supers/chyron, sponsor logos, speaker headshots, etc.)
  • Produce packages for Salute to Excellence TRT 1:30 or less (scripts and all video elements).
  • Produce taped elements for opening session TRT and format TBD
  • Hand-held and lavaliere microphones for panel discussions at ballroom events
  • Teleprompter for main podium, teleprompter operator
  • Headsets for Director, crew and producers
  • 2- large screens
  • Stage set-up and dressing
  • Stage lighting 
  • All media playback equipment (dvd, tape, cd, machines, etc.)
  • All productions should be recorded live to tape and later transferred to DVD for NABJ
  • Post production activities as agreed in discussions with NABJ prior to contract signature.

Projection Requirements: The following are projection system recommendations.  Please indicate in your bid the projection system you will be supplying.


Small sized rooms

projection distance: 10-12 feet

screen size: at least 8' diagonal

resolution: XGA (1024 x 768)

Minimum Brightness: 2,500 lumens


Medium sized rooms

projection distance: 14-20 feet

screen size: at least 10' x 12'

resolution: XGA (1024 x 768)

Minimum Brightness: 3,000 lumens


Large sized rooms

projector count: 2

projection distance: 14-20 feet

screen size: at least 12' x 16'

resolution: XGA (1024 x 768)

Minimum Brightness: 5,000 lumens


The above represents minimum requirements.  Contractor should provide the best available equipment for the room size/event.


Preliminary Schedule

This is preliminary schedule of ballroom events.  The schedule is subject to change.



8:00 AM

11:59 PM




9:00 AM

11:00 AM

Opening Ceremony & Newsmaker Plenary



3:30 PM

5:00 PM

W.E.B. DuBois Plenary



4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Newsmaker Plenary



8:00 AM

10:00 AM

NABJ Gospel Brunch



6:00 PM

9:00 PM

2012 NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards Gala



11:00 PM

2:00 AM

2013 Kickoff Party



11:00 AM

3:00 PM



NABJ is seeking a discounted, volume pricing agreement. 


Any outside vendors are responsible for patch fees.  Patch fees should be listed as a separate line item but not included in the overall pricing. 


NABJ’s decision will be based on competitive pricing, inventory availability, customer service, and client references.

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