For NABJ’s 39th annual convention and career fair, which will take place for the first time in Boston at the Sheraton Hotel and John Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Association of Black Journalists has been working hard to put together events and programming for the entire national organization. We’re proud to announce an entire slate of community events, mixers, and workshops that our members will take part in. And of course, we’re very proud of our signature chapter party event, presented by The Boston Globe, which will take place at Fenway Park, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 31.
So please make sure to check out our list of programs below. You can find the entire program list on NABJ’s website. Don’t forget to RSVP to the party at Fenway. And please, please, please pass along our guide to Black Boston for your friends and colleagues coming to town.
Saturday July 26
5 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday July 29
6 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday July 30
1 – 4 p.m.
DATA JOURNALISM 101 (1-4 p.m. presented by the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism and SNEABJ) — Poke behind the winners of most major investigative awards, including the Pulitzers, and you’ll usually find a database. Yet number phobia has kept many from fully exploiting databases as a tool in their reporting skill set. Fear no more! In this session, New York Times Washington Correspondent Ron Nixon demystifies data and shows participants how to find and mine databases for unique enterprise stories. Participants will learn how to obtain public databases, import data from the Web, create databases and analyze data using basic spreadsheet commands. Learn how to find the names behind the numbers that can bring stories to life. With new database skills, participants will be able to break stories and better serve their mission to the public. Part 1 will serve as an introduction and Part 2 will focus on application. LOCATION: Hynes, 311
Thursday July 31
12:30 – 2 p.m.
MINE YOUR LIFE … BUT NOT TOO DEEP (12:30-2 p.m. with Brionna Jimerson) — At the 2013 NABJ convention in Orlando, author and pop culture critic Helena Andrews offered advice from her seat on panel titled “Mine your life.” Her haunting words: “You don’t owe your adolescence to the Internet.” Without a doubt, we are in a new stage in the digital era, in which the internet is more of a stage than a library, more of a collection of quips than a conversation. The 2014 NABJ convention is the perfect moment to focus intensely on coming-of-age and becoming a digital adult in the 21st century. Personal essay journalism, ‘personality journalism’ and think pieces seem like quick ways to get our voices into the stratosphere, but at what personal and professional cost? LOCATION: Hynes, 206
ACTIVIST JOURNALISM IN THE NEW AGE OF DISSENT (12:30-2 p.m. with Kelley Chunn) — For black journalists there is often a personal connection to racial justice activism. This work is in the legacy of Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass, Vernon Jarrett and so many other black pioneers in journalism who merged activism with their craft. This panel discussion will present ways for NABJ members to include activism in their work, and explore the effects that becoming a black activist/journalist can have on their careers. This session will not only facilitate a dialogue about more radical journalism within NABJ, but also will touch on some of the dangers and difficulties in taking this path. Participants also will learn about trends in activist-related news. LOCATION: Hynes, 301
3:30 – 5 p.m.
HOW TO BE A WORDPRESS VIP (3:30-5 p.m. with Rony Camille and Zeninjor Enwemeka) — WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for blogs, powering about 1 in 5 websites worldwide. Beyond personal blogs and basic websites, WordPress is being used by major organizations to power their online delivery of news and information. In this session you will learn how newsrooms are utilizing WordPress in addition to tips, best practices, plugins, and tools that you can use for quick and effective publishing and a better workflow. If you have the basics of WordPress down, this session will show you how to maximize the platform like a pro. LOCATION: Hynes, 310
6 – 10 p.m.
7 – 10 p.m.
Friday August 1
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
TERMS, CONDITIONS, SALARY NEGOTIATION, AND CAREER STRATEGY (3:45-5:15 p.m. with Pam Cross, Todd Kazakiewich, and Rhondella Richardson) — Your journalism career requires strategic decisions and smart planning. Whether you are landing your first job, thinking about the next, accepting a new assignment, taking a buyout or being laid off, your plan should include a working knowledge of employment contracts in the media industry, salary negotiation skills and an understanding of the myriad career strategies in the ever-changing work landscape. In this session, leading industry professionals will share best practices on how you can proactively plan your career, negotiate the best pay and make informed decisions. LOCATION: Hynes, 311
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Saturday August 2
9:30 – 11 a.m.
HOW TO BE A BETTER FIELD PRODUCER (9:30-11 a.m. with Rony Camille) — This workshop is aimed at those who may have reporting and production experience but lack the technical/logistical knowledge and experience in working with crews to produce a creative story for air whether for news or entertainment. In this workshop panelists who have worked in both news and entertainment, discuss their backgrounds, experiences and provide tips for a successful field shoot. LOCATION: Hynes, 305
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
COMMUNITY EVENT (11-1 p.m.) — NABJ is teaming up with the Pine Street Inn, an organization that combats homelessnes, for a “chop session” as a day of community service. Members will chop fresh produce for the inn’s patrons. LOCATION: Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrisson Ave., Boston, MA. (Transportation will be provided.)