About #NABJ18

The 2017 NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair is the premier venue for journalism education and career development for the nation’s leaders in media, business, arts and entertainment, and technology. Over 3,000 of the nation’s top journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students will gather in The Big Easy from August 9-13, 2017, to celebrate our excellence.

The NABJ Career Fair draws hundreds of recruiters from the top media companies and journalism schools from across the country and around the world. Countless headline makers, innovators, and industry leaders in politics, media, journalism, and film have attended NABJ Conventions. Sen. Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, RNC Chairmen Michael Steele and Reince Priebus, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, Bishop T. D. Jakes, and the Rev. Al Sharpton all have shared their wisdom and insight with our members. 

Discounted Airport Shuttle

CLICK HERE: NABJ17: Power Up and Breakthrough Official Discounted Airport Shuttle

Please follow the guidelines below:
  • -- In order to be able to book travel online attendees must book at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time.
  • -- Attendees can both make and change their existing reservation online.
  • -- The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal — if not the discount does not apply.

Hotel Reservations

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center
859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130

  • -- Reference "NABJ" to receive the discounted standard room rate of $149 + tax.
  • -- Online reservations are available here
  • -- All room reservations must be made by July 18, 2017.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

  • -- To make your hotel reservation, please contact the Hilton New Orleans Riverside at (504) 561-0500.
  • -- Reference "NABJ" to receive the discounted standard room rate of $159 + tax.
  • -- Online reservations are available here.
  • -- All room reservations must be made by July 5, 2017.
  • -- Reservations made after this date will be based on availability and may not be at the negotiated room rate.

NOTE: Hotel Deposit Error

It has come to NABJ’s attention that the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, our main 2017 convention hotel, mistakenly charged some of our attendees a one-night room deposit in advance of their arrival at the convention. Once the error was discovered, the hotel stopped charging NABJ guests the deposit and is processing a refund for those who were charged.  Please contact Hilton Senior Events Manager Angelle Weidenbacher at  504-556-3761 if you were affected and have not seen a credit by July 14.

Hotel Pirate Notification


Dear NABJ Members and Exhibitors:

It has been brought to our attention there are organizations trying to pirate the NABJ hotel block in New Orleans.  This fraud happens almost every year to us and other organizations under the premise of cheaper rooms.

We have taken steps to stop their activities.  If they have contacted you please let us know immediately.

Here’s how the scam works.  The person will tell you they are agents for NABJ.  They may insist you register with them immediately to get the preferred rate or they may tell you the reserved room block is sold out and then present you with other options.

Past experiences have indicated when you arrive at the convention your reservations are non-existent or the hotel they have put you in may be far away from the main hotel.  In some cases, the reservations were cancelled with hefty fees. 

Please alert Veronique Dodson (vdodson@nabj.org) at NABJ if you have been victimized or solicited for rooms.

We strongly advise you to click on the link below to reserve your room as soon as possible because there are a limited number available for the $159 rate.  Early registration is already open so you might want to register now as well to take advantage of cheaper rates.

Thank you.
NABJ Staff

Special Needs

Scooter and wheelchair rentals for all occasions, please contact mrwheelchair.com at 800-548-9672 or 504-834-2810 for cost and availability.

Mr. Wheelchair
1201 Jefferson Highway
Jefferson, LA 70121

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