I am thrilled to be named NABJ convention program chair for a second year. I’m even more thrilled that our president, Greg Lee, has named Carol Ash as convention chair. We are already working hard to make Orlando — only 337 days away — even better than New Orleans.
My job is to ensure that the workshops and Learning Labs bring our members the latest in journalism tools, tricks and techniques. But I can’t do that without your help. We depend on our members to offer their wisdom and knowledge on our programming.
I was gratified that so many of you came up and complimented me and the program committee on the workshops in New Orleans. But I also heard complaints about what programming was not there,
To those critics, I say to you — if you don’t propose workshops, they won’t be there. You can’t assume that they’ll just be there because they were there in the past. You can’t assume that someone will step up to the plate and do the exact workshop you want.
The only way to get the workshops you want is to propose them — or reach out to someone and ask them to propose one.
The proposal submission process will begin soon. So start thinking now about what type of programming you want to see in Orlando. Reach out to people now to start getting your proposals together. And watch this space for guidance on how to submit a proposal. Here’s to a great convention in Orlando!!