NABJ Special Events

Comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson will join an activism panel at #NABJ18
Nationally acclaimed comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson will join #NABJ18 as a panelist during the highly anticipated panel discussion entitled "When Art Meets Activism." This discussion will focus on celebrities who are championing causes and taking action with major impact on the black community.

Shaun King will join the W.E.B. DuBois plenary session @ #NABJ18
Shaun King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project. He is amongst the most compelling voices for victims of brutality and discrimination, and offers a thought-provoking and historically grounded take on the most pressing issues of the day.

King has spoken in 35 states, on over 100 college campuses, in jails and prisons, and in corporate boardrooms. As a writer, he has written 1,500 articles on injustice since 2014, and offers commentary on the legendary Tom Joyner Morning Show, heard by 6 million listeners in over 100 cities.  

Join us for this powerful session at #NABJ18!

Date: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Time / Location: TBA
Register for #NABJ18 today! Pre-registration ends June 1. 



Nissan presents: A Night With KEM
Spend an evening with Detroit NABJ steps away from the #NABJ18 host hotel along the city's waterfront at Chene Park as Nissan presents Motown recording artist KEM in concert with Tamar Braxton! NABJ members can buy tickets here using the code NABJ18.
Tickets are selling fast, so get yours today!
NABJ members will be acknowledged during the concert.  

Date: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Time: 8 p.m.
Register for #NABJ18 today! Pre-registration ends June 1. 


Don’t miss the chance to take advantage The 2018 NABJ Authors Showcase & Bookstore, an informative and exciting offer at the NABJ Convention & Career Fair, August 1 through 4, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:59 p.m. (PST)

Learn more and apply

NBCUniversity: Revitilization 2018

Date: August 2, 2018
Application deadline: Friday, July 20 at 12 p.m. ET.

What is NBCUniversity?

This one-day intensive workshop, geared toward on-air AND off-air convention attendees, is taught by NBCU “professors,” and is designed for individuals at all levels of their career. Our coursework includes a variety of classes, from script writing to career development. You’ll learn all you need to know to graduate to the next level of your career.

Learn more and apply!

Submit your application at the link below so that we can learn more about you.

Please note that seating will be limited for this workshop and you must apply online to be considered. Applicants will be informed of the status of their candidacy by Friday, July 27.

Participants selected for NBCUniversity should not be scheduled as a panelist or moderator for any NABJ convention workshops on Thursday, August 2 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


CNBC is hosting an invitation-only, interactive workshop at #NABJ2018 designed to teach general news journalists how to produce financial news stories for a business audience across various platforms.  Attendees will have an opportunity to work directly with CNBC newsroom leaders to learn the tools of financial journalism. Some attendees may be selected after the workshop for an opportunity to visit CNBC Global Headquarters for interviews with members of CNBC’s executive team.
Learn More


When: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Where: Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center

NABJ is proud to announce actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry as a presenter at #NABJ18! Perry will deliver a master class focused on entrepreneurship and branding, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


Friday, August 3, 2018
Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center

NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists, authors, educators, and activists who have made outstanding contributions to both their industry and the worldwide black community over the course of their careers.
Purchase tickets here


Friday, August 3, 2018
10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Garden Theater
3920 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

The Annual Sports Task Force Scholarship Jam is a special fundraising event. Come out and enjoy music and dancing for a good cause. Proceeds from the party go to benefit NABJ’s Sports Task Force Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to help aspiring journalists; proceeds also support general funds for NABJ and the Sports Task Force. Purchase ticket HERE.


Saturday, August 4, 2018
12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

After engaging in full-and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills, journalists, media professionals, students and educators from all over the country will participate in the #NABJ18 Motor City 5K Run, Walk, Bike Powered by FCA US. The 5K is designed to strengthen your bodies and promote better health. Purchase tickets HERE.


Saturday, August 4, 2018
Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center

The Visual Task Force (VTF) has invited black photography organizations to donate prints about the African-American experience. The event is open to the general public. This auction is presented by VTF as an opportunity for photographers to showcase their images to a broader audience. Since it's inception, proceeds from the popular event will go directly to the NABJ Scholarship Fund.

Vickie Winans headlines Gospel Brunch, Motown's Kevin Ross to perform at Salute to Excellence Awards


Saturday, August 4, 2018
Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center

The awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors exemplary coverage of African/ African-American people or issues exclusively. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and online journalism, marketing and communications. 

Purchase tickets here.


Sunday, August 5, 2018 8:00 am- 10:00 am
Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center

An NABJ tradition, the Gospel Brunch is one of the convention highlights. Attended culminate for this experience by feasting on the brunch buffet and enjoying entertainment.
tickets here

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