By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
Yesterday, the National Association of Black Journalists put out a call for presentations for its annual conference Aug. 3-7 in Philadelphia. This year’s convention is looking for presentations “that will teach current and future journalists new, relevant skills and push them to execute their professional goals,” which matches this year’s theme, “The Power of Now: Claiming Your Destiny.” Proposals are due Feb. 1.
The Programming Committee, headed by Dr. Sybril Bennett of Belmont University, wants to see innovative, educational and entrepreneurial proposals from the membership this year. This year, NABJ is striving to make the Convention and Career Fair the premier venue for digital journalism education and career development presented by the nation’s leaders in media, business, arts and entertainment and technology.
Professional journalists, students and educators will participate in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations.
To this end, the Digital Journalism Task Force is holding a BlogTalkRadio session Tuesday, Jan. 11 from noon to 1:00 p.m. on this year’s convention. Our panel, which features convention chair Rod Hicks, programming chair Dr. Sybril Bennett and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover, will discuss what members can expect at this year’s event. Bennett will also offer guidance on what she and the Programming Committee will expect for this year’s workshops and panels. We’ll also leave time for your questions.