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#NABJ18 Workshops and Panels...More to Come

Meet the Founders
Have you ever wondered what led to the founding of NABJ? How many Founders have you met? Some of the Founders of our venerable organization will discuss how NABJ came together, its early days, their vision and why NABJ is as relevant today as ever before and what they hope for our future.
Black Entertainment Magazine
Some of the greatest black entertainment magazine journalists who have written and edited some of the most storied pieces breakdown how they got the story. These journalists have paved the way for much of what we do now in entertainment news.
Wordpress: Using Plugins and Themes to Create Immersive Stories
Attention small publishers, bloggers, and journalism educators: If you use Wordpress as your content management system, this hands-on workshop will teach you how to use plugins and themes to beef up the presentation of your stories online and on mobile.

Intro to the Career Fair
An NABJ must-do, learn the ins and outs of how to get the most out of the convention job fair. Attendees will learn how to network, create a resume/tape, work a room, and the top dos and don'ts for the job fair.
From Classroom to Newsroom
It's more than luck that lands recent grads in the newsroom. The career clock starts before graduation and so does the all-important work of learning how to build relationships. Hear early-career and experienced journalists talk about the things you absolutely should do to lay a solid foundation for your career.
Technical Careers in Broadcast
No anchor or correspondent gets on air without the incredible directors, operation managers, technical directors, audio engineers, camera operators, etc., who oversee critical aspects of the control room. Hear the adrenaline-inducing excitement of live television from veterans who are behind the scenes and learn how to avoid mistakes.
Shooting 101
You’re at your new job. A video camera and equipment have been assigned to you. Now what? This workshop will teach the basics to help make your visuals right. The things you should know that should be second nature to all visual journalists.
Investigate like a Boss
Journalism is under attack; fight back with the unassailable truth. Learn from some of the country's top news editors how to nail down your reporting, find trustworthy data and make sure your sourcing is solid. Newsroom leaders share their best tips and tools for avoiding embarrassing pitfalls.
Black Republicans in Washington, D.C.
How do Black Republican members of Congress and officials in the Trump Administration navigate workplaces where some may be emboldened to reflect the POTUS’ viewpoints? What are the challenges associated with working to serve your country in the current climate?
Making the Pitch: How to Land Grants and Reporting Fellowships
Newsroom cutbacks mean more journalists are pursuing nontraditional paths to report on important stories and to develop their careers. This workshop will help journalists of color develop the skills and confidence to get grants or fellowships. We'll show how to craft the perfect pitch, draft budgets and other requirements.
Entrepreneurship: What Should We Be Teaching?
Journalism schools aren’t just teaching the 5 W’s anymore. Students are launching news businesses and vying for funding. What should we be teaching our students so that they’ll be competitive in the new landscape?
Behind the Lens: The Evolution of Sports Journalism
Producers, directors, editors, talent bookers and publicists are some of the people who make TV magic happen behind the camera. On this panel, a diverse group of professionals will give an overview on the sports jobs you should know about and what it takes to succeed in these important positions.
Data reporting: The Ultimate Lie Detector
Government agencies often feed reporters statistics from flawed databases, and fact-checking the veracity of the numbers can be a daunting task. Don't get duped! Data reporting pros explain how public records laws can lead to unknown government data-sets and offer advice how to find help crunching the numbers.
Making Cryptocurrencies a little less cryptic
Cryptocurrencies are the buzziest investment topics this year, yet very few people understand them well. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are on track to revolutionize industries and have already changed the lives of many investors. Bitcoin experts and reporters will demystify crypto and give examples of how to report on it.
Surviving and Thriving: Veteran Journalists On Storytelling, Strategies and Finding Success In The Age Of Social Media
Think about it. It takes just seconds to send a tweet or post to your favorite "go-to" sites and access information in lightning speed on the web. Awesome tools. But, you'll need something else in that toolbox to help you have longevity and success in the super competitive media field. And, that's real-time, real life career advice. If you're looking to advance your career, whether you're a reporter, editor, producer or work on the assignment desk, you will hear from journalists with decades of major market experience in news, investigative and business reporting share some of the tools they've used to find success.
African Americans: Wielding Social Media Tools
Statistics show that African Americans have a deep digital connection – numbers surpassing mainstream America. Hear how Black Twitter and other social media platforms have become the lifeblood of organized activist movements and what this tool means for communities.
Fighting Fake News
A dedicated group of journalists have been working to teach news literacy skills to young people around the country and others who want to learn more about what they can do to help stem the tide of misinformation threatening our civic society. Hear what they’ve discovered are the keys.
Covering International Affairs From Here
You don’t need to be a foreign correspondent to cover international news. Learn how reporters and editors engage their communities to report important local angles to international stories, as well as how editors can use stringers, freelancers and academic experts to give their readers a better understanding of the world. We'll also explore resources for those who want to pursue international reporting.
Communicator to Caregiver: Coping When a Loved One Gets Sick
As our careers progress, so do our families and responsibilities. Parents age. Relatives fall ill. Most of us will eventually add caregiving to our skill sets. Journalists and communications professionals offer advice on managing the health challenges of loved ones while balancing demanding careers and exercising self-care.
NABJ Boutique
The NABJ Clothing Swap will allow journalists to donate gently used business attire, shoes and accessories, for "new" items for their own professional wardrobes. Most useful for young journalists who can get like-new pieces for interviews and/or their first jobs.

Rock Stories Using Google Research & Data Viz Tools
This Google New Lab Tools workshop will help journalists unlock the powerful world of data journalism to tell deep, insightful stories and inform their audiences in compelling new ways. Tools include Public Data Explorer, Trends, Data GIF Maker and Tilegram.

Kerner Commission, 50 Years Later
It has been 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, shook the news media with its declaration that “the journalistic profession has been shockingly backward in seeking out, hiring, training and promoting Negroes.” What did the news industry get right in heeding the commission’s recommendations and where do we go from here.

Live Shots: Improving Your Vocal Impact
Your voice is your bread and butter in television and radio broadcasting. An experienced vocal coach will show you the key elements of an effective voice. Analyzing Live Shots, understand basic patterns that might prevent your career from going forward and learn strategies to change. Bring samples to review.

Racism and Sexism in Sports
Issues related to the sexism and racism have dominated conversations on all levels throughout our country recently. This panel discussion will delve deeper into the topic with women who have experienced this first-hand.

Re-imagining The Celebrity Profile
Sure, you love to read about Michael B. Jordan — but will you really read 54 of them? And will any really tell you something that you don't know? In the age of declining celebrity access, the proliferation of media and celebs telling their own stories on twitter, it's hard to find an original angle. Here are some ways some key journalists are re-imagining how we see celebs.

Breaking News 101—How to Get, Verify and Relay it First
Panel would be supported with live demonstrations of how to optimize Tweetdeck, Dataminr and other tools to get the latest information, soonest; and would teach participants best practices for confirming reporting in breaking news situations.

Restoring Trust in Journalism
The “fake news” narrative is working: most Americans now distrust journalists. Why, and what practical steps can newsrooms take to turn the tide?

Flint Water Crisis—Now What?
Since 2014, the people of Flint have been fighting to recover from a man-made water disaster created when state-appointed leaders switched the source for drinking water in Flint, Michigan to the Flint River. In an egregious example of environmental racism, about 100,000 men, women and children living in the majority-black city were exposed to elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. People from every state in the United States and 15 countries around the world have stepped forward to help the city and its citizens recover. Join us as a panel of Flint leaders discuss what really caused this government failure; how residents, community leaders and new elected officials are responding; and why the transition from crisis to recovery is still a work in progress.

The REAL Detroit
This workshop will focus on how the City of Detroit is reported on a local and national scale. The panelists will include experienced journalists who are connected to the City to tell the history and rebirth of Detroit. This is an opportunity to highlight THE REAL DETROIT during the convention.

Predictive Data and its Virtual Seat at the Table
There's a new editor in the newsroom: predictive data. From targeted content creation to Artificial Intelligence, let's discuss the pivotal role that data science plays in predicting what media and entertainment content makes it to our screens - and how gatekeepers can protect the integrity of info-gathering.

20 Investigative Ideas in 20 minutes
Investigative reporting doesn't need to take months to be effective. This batch of ideas will get you started right away, with ways to customize them for your own community and audience. Explore documents, data and story resources to stay ahead of the competition.

Pitching a Podcast
You’ve pitched hundreds of stories, but how do you pitch a podcast? Learn the ins and outs from NPR's N'Jeri Eaton, Senior Manager of Programming Acquisitions. After going over the basics, we'll hear live pitches from three brave participants, with instant feedback.

Breaking Through the Digital Glass Ceiling
With internet-based start-ups popping up all across the country, how do we best position ourselves to have a shot at those jobs? We’ll hear from industry executives as well as reporters who have successfully made that transition.

Turning Content into Cash
Communications professionals like journalists are really infopreneurs. Content is king and this workshop will share secrets on how to blog, podcast or white paper your way to wealth. It's all about repurposing, positioning and pivoting your career as a wordsmith. Learn how to turn your words into wealth.

Don’t Just Post: A Guide to Effective Social Media Planning
An effective social media plan is one of the most important tools for businesses. Building a social media strategy can be cumbersome and intimidating. This step-by-step workshop is designed to take participants from start to finish, whether a novice or advanced social media user.

Beyond Alabama: Are Black women ready for the 2018 midterms?
Black women finally got recognition after helping Democrats win a Senate seat in deep red Alabama. In the 2018 midterms, black women will be tested both as voters and candidates in local, state, gubernatorial and congressional elections. Will they again be the deciding factor in key contests?

#MediaBoss: How to Break into Newsroom Management
Advancing into management remains a goal of many newsroom professionals. This unique master class is for those who are ready for the next level. Learn how to bolster your leadership skills, gain career allies, nurture relationships, identify emerging trends, and articulate vision to a team.

Life after the Last Live Shot
For many mid-level or highly experienced on-air talent, navigating life off-camera, once your final live shot ends can be exhausting. However, there are jobs in academia, PR, and other career fields where you can blend and evolve the journalistic skills that defined you on-camera.

Innovative Tools to Step up your Mobile Journalism Game
This workshop focuses on innovative mobile equipment and software that meets the evolving demands of multimedia journalism. We’ll demonstrate mobile phone tripod mounts, lenses, a camera that records multiple views, a phone that transforms into a drone and more. Cover stories in ways that make you invaluable to your team.

Multimedia Photo Tools
From Snapchat to Sennheiser, this panel will discuss the role of photojournalism in today’s workplace while providing hands-on training of various tools used with devices that include: tablets, mobile devices and digital cameras. Come prepared with your fully charged devices as we'll share new technology/techniques to help you in storytelling.

Social Media in the Newsroom: Transitioning to the Digital Desk
Tips on what journalists need to transition to the digital desk. Having a plan of action to reach social media followers. Knowing your audience and knowing what your audience will click on and what keep them engaged.

Slay That Internship
The competition for media internships is increasingly fierce across multiple platforms. How can students slay, starting with the application, landing that job and making a lasting good impression? Veterans and novices explain how to kill it and leave employers wanting you back.

#METOO and the Intersection of Race and Class
How do we ensure black & brown women’s voices aren’t lost in the #metoo moment? Covering sexual violence accurately must take into account the complexities of race, class and gender. The panel will provide ways to improve news reports and review technical terms, statistics, how-tos and other resources.

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