Workshops, times and panelists are subject to change.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
12:00 P.M. “OBAMALAND” Hyde Park bus tour featuring the future site of the Obama Presidential Library
323 East Upper Wacker Drive
5:30 P.M. Opening Reception (by invitation only)
22 West Washington Street
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
303 East Upper Wacker Drive, 16th Floor
NABJ MEDIA INSTITUTE ON FINANCE
7:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Registration
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Opening Session and Breakfast (Open Space)
Hosted by Dorothy Tucker, NABJ VP Broadcast
Join us for an intimate conversation with John Rogers, founder and CEO of Ariel Investments, one of the largest minority-owned investment firms in the country. Journalists will learn the intriguing story of how Rogers, a native of Chicago’s South Side, founded one of the most successful investment firms in the country, became co-chair of President Barack Obama’s Illinois Financial Committee, and is among an elite group of African-Americans who serve on the boards of the nation’s largest corporations.
9:10 A.M. – 10:10 A.M. Digging for Data That Will Enhance Your Stories (Open Space)
In this session, you will become familiar with the treasure trove of data online that will enhance your reporting of business and other stories. Whether you want to know what jobs are growing in your area or which companies are about to announce layoffs, there’s data for that.
Ceci Rodgers, Lecturer and Business, Money & Markets Specialization Adviser, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
9:10 A.M. – 10:10 A.M. Money Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in the Gig Economy (Room 1624 B West)
This session will cover what you as a media professional should be doing to manage your money, from demystifying stocks to options for savings and how to help freelancers, both millennials and veterans, avoid money mistakes and thrive in today’s “gig” economy.
Moderator: Micah Materre, Anchor WGN-TV, Chicago
Panelists: Khoa X. Ho, Vice President, Investor Services, Ariel Investments
Darryl Newell, Vice President, Seaway Bank
10:20 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Google Tools for News (Room 1624)
Think you know it all when it comes to Googling? In this hands-on session you’ll take a deeper dive into tools and workflows that can help you produce better stories, generate ideas for your beat, and more. Come with your laptop and leave with some new skills. Participants should have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance.
Michelle Johnson, Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, Boston University, Society of Professional Journalists
10:20 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Student and Early Career Journalist Forum (Room 1623 West)
In this session, students and early career journalists will get first hand advice from print and television journalists on how to build a solid career. Participants will also learn how their skills are well suited for the world of public relations.
Moderator: Tonya Francisco, Anchor/Reporter, WGN-TV
Panelists: Val Oehmke, Corporate Communications Manager,
FCA US LLC
Audrina Bigos, Reporter, CBS 2
George Lara, Director of Internships and Mentorships, Chicago Public Media
Leah Hope, Reporter, ABC7
Darleen Glanton, Columnist, Chicago Tribune
11:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. Newsmaker Luncheon with Judge Greg Mathis (2nd Floor Conference Center)
Marion Brooks, Anchor for NBC 5, will moderate this luncheon session.
The popular adjudicator will give us a behind-the-scenes look at reality television and the media jobs the television genre has created. Judge Mathis, the author of “Inner City Miracle” and “Street Judge,” will talk about his writing and his efforts to reach out to youth and ex-offenders both in and outside of the courtroom.
The luncheon will also feature a tribute to the late George Curry, journalist, publisher and Civil Rights activist.
NABJ REGION II CONFERENCE
1:00 PM – 2:00 P.M. Dive into Digital: Maximizing Reach Through Live Video, Social Media, Podcasting and Digital Search Strategy (Open Space)
This workshop will discuss the various platforms journalists use to create and share their own content to build audience engagement. Discussion will include a comparison of utilizing Live Video (Periscope vs Facebook Live), Social Media (Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories), Audio (Podcasting), and Digital Search Strategy Search Engine Optimization [SEO] vs. Geo-targeting and Facebook Ads.
Moderator: Aja Williams, Digital and Social Media Strategist, Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis
Panelists: Sarah Glover, NABJ President and NBC OTS Social Media Editor
Exavier Pope, Sports Legal Analyst, Host of #SuitUP Podcast
Nathaniel Cline, General Assignment Sports Reporter for Cleveland.com
2:10 P.M. – 3:10 P.M. Cultivating the Complex Relationship Between PR Pros and Journalists (Room 1624)
This session will dive deep into the perceived divide between the worlds of public relations and journalism with straightforward, honest dialogue. Is there a communications gap or language barrier? How do you mend fences once trenches are dug?
Moderator: Vickie Thomas, NABJ Region II Director, City Beat Reporter, WWJ/CBS Radio, Detroit
Panelists: Kevin E. Frazier, Corporate Communications Manager,
FCA US LLC
Wynona Redmond, CEO, Wyn-Win Communications
Randye Bullock, President and CEO, Bull’s-Eye Consulting, LLC
Darci McConnell, President & CEO, McConnell Communications, Inc.
Lee Whack, Former Spokesman for the Democrat National Convention
Diedra White, CBS 2, WBBM-TV Planning Manager
2:10 P.M. – 3:10 P.M. New Jobs in the Digital Age and What You Need to Get Them (Open Space)
This panel will reveal where the new jobs are for journalists. Job descriptions, duties and titles have changed. News managers and editors will give a realistic view of what it takes to land new economy jobs in journalism.
Moderator: Art Norman, Reporter, NBC 5
Panelists: Natasha Alford, Deputy Editor, TheGrio.com
Kathy Chaney, Managing Editor-Print, EBONY Magazine
Felecia Henderson, Assistant Managing Editor, The Detroit News
Arionne Nettles, Digital Managing Editor, The Chicago Defender
2:10 P.M. – 3:10 P.M. DRONES: Everything You Want to Know, and Then Some (Control Room 1602)
Presenter Carmaine Means will display her personal drone and results of work she has done. This discussion will cover the cost/risks of being a drone owner/operator and how drone technology is changing journalism and traditional newsroom practices.
Carmaine Means, Photojournalist, CBS 2
3:20 P.M. – 4:20 P.M. Race Matters: Covering Conflict in Our Communities (Open Space)
This emotional and urgent topic will be debated and discussed with direct strategic tools and insight. The violence in mostly African-American communities and its coverage affect us all. How can this city overcome its international reputation as a murder capital of the world?
Moderator: Maudlyne Ihejirika, Urban Affairs Reporter, Asst. City Editor, Chicago Sun-Times
Panelists: Daniel Ash, Chief Marketing Officer, The Chicago Community Trust
Eddie Johnson, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
Damon Williams Jr., Co-Director, #letusbreathe
James Causey, Columnist, Milwaukee Journal
Jennifer Lyons, News Director, WGN-TV
4:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M. Plenary: Black Political Power Post Obama (Open Space)
This session will explore the political and socio-economic next steps following the historical two-term presidency of President Barack Obama. What’s next for Black political power after this amazing American journey from slavery to ruler of the free world?
Moderator: Charles Thomas, Political Reporter, ABC 7
Panelists: Judge Greg Mathis, Popular Television Adjudicator and Author
Bankole Thompson, Columnist at The Detroit News, Political Analyst for Ebony.com, Host of Redline-Detroit and Author Raynard Jackson, Founder and Chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF)
Errin Whack, Urban Affairs Reporter, The Associated Press
Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist
7:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. Sweet Home Chicago Scholarship Fundraiser
Admission is $20 and $10 for students with valid ID. Complimentary food, wine, beer, soda and Eli’s Cheesecake, raffles and a jamming DJ.
B25 Venue Logic
25 West Hubbard, 5th Floor