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2018 NABJ Region I Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 4/13/2018 to 4/14/2018
When: April 13-14, 2018
Where: Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law, and New York University
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York  10012
United States
Contact: Johann Calhoun, NABJ Region I Director

Online registration is available until: 4/13/2018
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Johann Calhoun
NABJ Region I Director

Nicki Mayo
Deputy Director

Khristopher Brooks
Deputy Director

Aaron Morrison
Conference Chair


2018 NABJ Region I Conference
Global Diversity Summit

A synergy of best practices for a growing multicultural landscape in the digital age

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its 2018 Region 1 Conference April 13 and 14, 2018 in New York City. The Global Diversity Summit is bringing together hundreds of journalists, communication professionals and students from across the U.S. Northeast to attend the two-day conference. Titled the “Global Diversity Summit,” the conference will have a five-pronged approach:

  • National and international reporting and editing
  • Diversity coaching
  • Media training
  • Community engagement
  • Career advancement

The summit will focus on improving the industry’s coverage of America's diverse landscape, promoting international dialogue through stories and media coaching, and providing diversity training for all levels within the industry. This year the conference will spread across two days offering "Diversity & Management Training" for mid-level editors, supervisors and aspiring newsroom leaders and a return of last year's successful "Career Center," where companies and area graduate schools interview applicants on the spot.

It should come as no surprise that New York City is home to the headquarters of the world's most significant international organization: the United Nations. After all, the city itself is in essence a living United Nations. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report about NYC revealed an increasingly diverse and dynamic city with immigrants making up the majority of the residents in some neighborhoods.

All five boroughs illustrate this melting pot of cultures through activities, museums, stores and restaurants, where you can meet people of different countries, sample exotic cuisine and products, listen to international music and watch foreign films.

With almost 200 languages spoken, 40 percent of the N.Y.C. population was born outside of the United States. Combine the cultural and ethnic diversity of the residents with the hundreds of consulates, embassies and permanent U.N. missions and you have a cosmopolitan city unlike any other. Even the embassy-filled nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is downright homogeneous when compared to the ever-changing rainbow of worlds that is New York City.

Census projections indicate that minorities will become a majority in the U.S. by 2044. While some progress has been made in covering communities of color — it has not been enough.

Journalists often find it difficult to have open, honest conversations about race and ethnicity—even compared to other contentious newsroom issues, like gender imbalances—for fear of damaging relationships with editors or colleagues. The summit aims to improve on that, if not, provide solutions. Join us.

 Conference Schedule


FRIDAY, APRIL 13                                      

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Location: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W 40th St.

* Application required:

8:00 a.m. -  8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. 
Welcome and breakfast, courtesy of CUNY J+, the professional development program of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

9 a.m. 
Ice breaker with Nicki Mayo, Digital Editor at The Philadelphia Tribune

9:15 a.m.
Self-awareness exercise with Marie Gilot, CUNY J+ director

9:40 a.m.
New management and leadership skills for journalists with Justin Ellis, former senior editor ESPN, S. Mitra Kalita, VP programming at CNN Digital, and Elena Bergeron, Editor in Chief SB Nation.

10:45 a.m.
Personal career goals with Benet J. Wilson, Vice President of Online News Association

11:30 a.m.
Keynote – Rashida Jones, Senior Vice President at NBC News

10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square

Job Interviews:
Resume Critiques:

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:40 a.m. - Noon
Resume, Reel, Clip Critiques 
*People who have scheduled an appointment get priority

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
How to Break Into Journalism and Climb the Ranks! 
Four NYU Journalism MA alums share their stories and tips for success. 
Moderator: NYU professor James McBride
Panelists: Ian Blair of Bleacher Report; Contessa Gayles of CNN; Greg Howard of The New York Times; and Jordan Rolling of BET and VICE

* Lunch is served
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Job Fair Interviews 
* Mandatory appointments

Job Fair Companies:
WCBS-2 New York
The Wall Street Journal 
New York Amsterdam News
NJ Advance Media: (, Star Ledger,, Inside Jersey and Hunterdon County Democrat) 
The New Yorker Magazine
Our Time Press
The Associated Press
North Jersey Media Group
Consumer Reports

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Job Fair 
* No appointments necessary

4:00 p.m. Close
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Bloomberg Headquarters, 731 Lexington Ave.

Speaker: Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary for U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

* Musical performances by the Afrikumba Utibe' Drummers

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Location: Vanderbilt Hall, New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Registration & Breakfast

9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Morning Keyonte: Zain Ejiofor Asher, anchor at CNN International

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Newsday Presentation

CBS Presents: Women Breaking The Glass Ceiling in Media
Kim Godwin, Vice President of News, CBS Network interviewed by
Dorothy Tucker, NABJ VP-Broadcast and reporter for CBS-Chicago

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Covering  Africa and the Caribbean
Moderator: Frankie Edozien, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute 

NYU Presentation

Mic Presents: Targeting Our Audience: Cracking the Facebook Algorithm and Elevating Diverse Voices

Noon - 12:45 p.m.
Digital Strategies
Presenter: NABJ President Sarah Glover, NBC

Google Tools You Can Use
Presenter: Michelle Johnson, Boston University

Bloomberg Presentation: National and International Reporting

12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. 
In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
From Dr. King and Memphis to Black Panther and Wakanda
Featuring author, activist Kevin Powell 

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
#WakandaForever: Reclaiming the Essence of Visual Storytelling
Moderator: Jarrad Henderson, USA Today

Public Relations Strategies
Moderator: Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown, On Point Communications

All Info, No Shade: Covering the LGBTQ Community 101
Moderator: Ernest Owens, Philadelphia Magazine & Black Entertainment Television

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Empowering Our Global Voice Through the Black Press
Moderator: Tene Croom, NABJ Black Press Task Force

The New Yorker Magazine Presents:  You Sure About That? Fact Checking.
Moderator: Melvin Backmon, The New Yorker Magazine

#TakeAKnee: When Sports, Race and Social Causes Collide 
Moderator: Trymaine Lee, MSNBC

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 
The Business of Landing a Job: 
A Reporter's Notebook on Career Success at The Wall Street Journal

Moderator: Marie Beaudette, The Wall Street Journal

We Are Muslims, Too: Covering Faith, Immigration and Islamophobia in the Era of the Muslim Ban
Moderator: Aliya Khabir, AZK Communications

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Break before keynote

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 151 East Houston St,
* Winner of Attendance Challenge to be announced

10:30 p.m. - until

Location: 310 Lenox Ave.



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NABJ Region I Conference Early-Bird
By February 16
By April 2
April 13-14

$30 $35 $40
Student Member

$15 $20 $25

$35 $40 $45
Student Non-Member

$20 $25 $30

*Diversity & Management Training and Career Center are included in the registration. Opening reception is not included in the registration fee.

*Student Registration Bundle Discount - 10 Student Registrations for $125.00. Contact the national office at 301-405-0248 for questions and processing.

*$25 Onsite registration for NYU students only with student ID

Registration fees will include an additional $3 administrative fee during checkout.

For questions regarding your registration, please contact our registrar or 301-405-0554 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday – Friday.

Hotel Reservations

The Ridge Hotel
151 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
Main: 212-777-0012

To make your hotel reservation, please contact The Ridge Hotel at 212-777-0012. Reference "National Association of Black Journalists" or "NABJ" to receive the discounted standard room rate of $160/night.
Make your reservation early to ensure you stay at the conference hotel. Discounted reservations are based on availability.


MTA's F train is the required and most affordable means of travel in Manhattan. F train stops are in short walking distance to all conference activities.


Thank You to the 2018 Region I Conference Partners








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