Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Social Media

VIDEO: Your #NABJ13 Social Media Guide

We know that your ears eyes will be glued to all the wonderful events that #NABJ13 offers but we want to see where you are, what’s going on and who you are with!  Be sure to use #NABJ13 in all your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts.
We are also hosting a special contest for the Disney Launch party. Use Instagram to post videos at the Disney Launch Party. (NABJ Founders, celebrities, etc.) The Instagram video with the most likes and comments by 11:30pm will receive a prize.
Spread the word about your panel from your personal social media platforms and @NABJ will share.  Before your panel starts, please remind attendees of the assigned hashtags.  We recommend having someone ‘live tweet’ the discussion so that #NABJ13 attendees can get the most out of the panel.


Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Social Media

Stay Engaged: Your Social Media Guide at #NABJ13

By Haniyyah Sharpe, NABJ PR Student Projects
We know that it is impossible to make it to every panel discussion and every event. But it is possible to stay informed and engaged with #NABJ13 on the go.
Our social media plan this year is simple: Engage. Inform. Execute. Message. 
We want to actively engage with you at the convention and those who are not able to go.
We will inform you. What you need to know, where you need to go and what people are talking about.
The NABJ convention is more than a celebration. It is the opportunity for journalists to come together, have an open forum to discuss issues in our newsrooms and in our communities. We will execute this plan to keep those conversations on a national platform.
Last but not least, we want to visually tell the story of NABJ through multiple platforms— through our message.
You know the why, here the how:
Follow NABJ on Twitter:
NABJ Digital Storify –
See you in Orlando!
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, journalism

#NABJ13PREP – The TweetChat


By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

DJTF Secretary Kiratiana Freelon gathered together NABJ convention veterans and asked them to offer their best advice for being prepared to attend next week’s Annual Convention & Career Fair in Orlando. Click here to see a Storify with some of their and other NABJ members’ best tips!

See you in Orlando!

Posted in Education, journalism

The Recording: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Resumes

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Last night, Denise Clay and I hosted an hour-long webinar with tips on building the perfect resume, just in time for the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair next week in Orlando.  In case you missed it, click here to listen and watch.



Posted in Conferences & Conventions


The Digital Journalist Task Force is back at it again. Due to the overwhelming success of the first #NABJ13prep twitter chat three weeks ago, we’re doing another twitter chat THIS Thursday, July 25. This time we’ve invited all the people who have put together a wonderful CONVENTION!


NABJ DJTF Twitter Chat – Thursday, July 25, 8pm EST–9pm EST #NABJ13PREP

For the first 20 minutes, we’ll be asking our panelists some of your most pressing questions. Then, it will be an open forum in which you will be able to tweet ANY question that you have about the NABJ conference.


Benet Wilson (@benetwilson) –  Benet is the chair of the Digital Journalism Task Force and is this year’s programming chair of the NABJ Conference.

Kathy Chaney (@kathychaney) –  Kathy Chaney is a producer for WVON has attended the NABJ conference for eight years straight.

Carol Ash (@carol_ash) – Carol Ash is the NABJ Convention Chair.

Cindy George (@cindylgeorge) –  Cindy is the current parliamentarian of the NABJ.

Sarah Glover (@skyphoto) –  Sarah Glover is on the NABJ Conference programming committee.

Wesley Lowery (@wesleylowery) – Wesley Lowery is the NABJ Student Representative.

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10 Packing Tips For #NABJ13

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association


I am a world traveler who has been on the road since taking my first flight — New York to London — when I was six.  And as an aviation journalist, I have taken more than my fair share of trips and have become an expert in packing, especially now that airlines (except for Southwest and JetBlue) charge for checked bags.  As you prepare to pack for your upcoming trip to Orlando for the NABJ Convention, please allow me to offer you some of my best packing tips.

  1. Choose a primary color, like black, navy or brown, and accessorize accordingly. Bring basics like pants, skirt and blazer, and use accessories and different shirts/blouses to mix and match;
  2. Roll with it! Roll your clothes to make sure things fit accordingly. If you don’t want to roll, then buy Space Bags to compress your outfits;
  3. Pack older underwear. You can wear them and throw them away;
  4. Limit yourself to 3 pairs of shoes, including the ones you travel with;
  5. Weigh your luggage BEFORE you leave. Airlines limit that first bag to 50 lbs; after that, hefty fees kick in. They also kick in after the first checked bag.  To see just how much, click here;
  6. Pack important/valuable items in your carry-on. Also include a portable toothbrush, underwear and a small deodorant just in case you luggage is lost;
  7. Keep your luggage claim tags in your purse or pocket. It is 1000% easier for the airline to find your luggage if you have your bag tag number.
  8. Take a picture of your luggage. If it’s lost, you can show it and email it to the airline. If your bag is black, put a colorful tag, tie or even duct tape to make it more easily identifiable.
  9. Keep a list of what you packed in case your luggage is lost and you have to file a claim with the airline; and
  10. Don’t overpack. You know you’ll pick up materials at the convention, and you’ll want to have room for them — plus you do NOT want to pay those extra baggage fees!
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Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Accountability in Indian Country – Be a Better Business Watchdog,” which kicks off the Native American Journalists Association’s annual conference on July 18 in Phoenix. Presented by IRE’s training director Jaimi Dowdell and The Daily Advertiser’s watchdog editor Dianna Hunt, this daylong training offers hands-on tips for finding, downloading and analyzing online databases using Excel. Register at the main workshop page:
  • The National Association of Black Journalists welcomes you to join us from July 31-August 4, 2013 as we gather in Orlando for the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair! Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.
  • The Native American Journalists Association and Native Public Media will co-host this year’s national conference, giving special focus to the latest innovations in the media industry and news developments in Indian Country. The national conference for media professionals interested in improving their reporting on and delivery of Native news will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center July 18-21. Click here for more information.


  • Get your entry in for the 2013 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, which offers $8,000 in prizes. Apply online by Aug. 1for print or online work completed in the year ending June 30, 2013.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the business journalism workshop, “Covering Your Local Economy,” which precedes the Asian American Journalists Association Convention in New York. Presented by NPR’s Marilyn Geewax and freelancer Meena Thiruvengadam, this half-day training will equip you with the story ideas and skills you need to tackle economic stories on any beat. Details:
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the business journalism workshop, “The Business of Me,” which precedes the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim. Presented by Twitter’s Mark S. Luckie, this half-day training will help you identify and pitch your business idea, as well as brand and market yourself. Details:
  • The Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists  present the Excellence in Journalism conference this year in Anaheim on August 24-26. Click here for more information.
  • The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication  is holding its annual conference in Washington D.C.,  Aug. 8-11.
  • More than 850 journalists, news executives, media researchers, and community leaders will attend the 23rd Annual Asian American Journalists Association Convention at the Hilton New York, August 21-24, 2013. Click here for more information.
  • More than 350 journalists and communication professionals from across the United States will meet in Boston from August 22 – 25, 2013 for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association National Convention and 9th LGBT Media Summit. Click here for more information.
  • The McCormick Tribune Specialized Reporting Institute will be held at the University of Texas at El Paso campus this fall from September 26-29. There are 15 all-expenses paid scholarships for professional and independent journalists to attend. The application deadline is August 5. You may find more information here.
  • The Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.  For information on eligibility criteria or to apply, please visit us at Contact SSRC staff at with any questions or concerns.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Award-winning professors Alec Klein of Northwestern University and Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina lead this day-long training, which focuses on identifying and developing local investigative business stories. Register at the main workshop page:



  • The 35th Annual SND Workshop and Exhibition will be held November 7-9, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is hosted by Gannett Louisville Design Studio. Click here for more information.
  • The National Association of Science Writers will be held November 1-5 in Gainesville, Florida. Click here for more information.

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