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Philadelphia Welcomes the National Association of Black Journalists


Attending the NABJ Conference in Philadelphia in August? The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) wants to help you make the most of your stay in our great region. The last time Philadelphia hosted the NABJ convention was in 1995, and my how the city changed since then!

Just take "America’s most historic square mile" as an example. Our Historic Philadelphia neighborhood has welcomed major new attractions that have enhanced the way the African-American story is told. New additions include the Liberty Bell Center, National Constitution Center, President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, a new permanent exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia and much more. Add to that countless touring, shopping (no sales tax on clothing), dining and entertainment options, and it’s easy to see that Philadelphia has momentum.

When you arrive at your hotel, your convention bag will include a travel guide designed just for you. Take note: In order to pack in all of the must-sees and must-dos included in the guide, you’ll need a few extra days, and you’ll want to bring your friends and family back soon and often.

To start planning your trip, go to To start planning your next story, go to MEDIA EVENTS JUST FOR YOU

GPTMC has arranged some fun and informative ways for NABJ members to see, taste and experience Philadelphia.

Essential Philly Experiences:

  • Cheesesteak Tasting – Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 p.m.

Sample Philly’s most famous delicacy during this late-night cheesesteak excursion to Tony Luke’s in South Philadelphia. Includes free transportation and Philly cheesesteak. Limited to first 60 people; meet in Marriott lobby; RSVP to Andi Coyle at

  • Liberty Bell Viewing – Friday, August 5, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Explore the Liberty Bell Center and its famous cracked Bell before it opens to the public at 9:00 a.m. Then tour the newly opened President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation. Meet in Marriott lobby at 7:40 a.m. to walk over to the Liberty Bell Center. RSVP to Cara Schneider at

Media Briefings:

  • Reception for Travel and Lifestyle Journalists – Thursday, August 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Get the scoop on the Philadelphia region’s big stories for 2012. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 119A. RSVP to Rachel Ferguson at

  • Reception for LGBT Journalists – Thursday, August 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Learn how to get your history straight and your nightlife gay in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 119B. RSVP to Bruce Yelk at


Here are some ways to stay in touch with Philadelphia before, during and after your visit:

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