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Black Journalists Convention to Offer News Making Panels and Speakers


Cabinet officials, athletes, entertainers and top journalists will be available to the press

TAMPA, Fla.--The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2009 Annual Convention & Career Fair in Tampa will host a line-up of workshops, plenary discussions and news conferences to address some of the nation’s most pressing issues with some of the most important government, media, sports and entertainment personalities.

The NABJ convention is the largest gathering of minority journalists in the country. This year’s annual convention and career fair includes more than 50 workshops; an exhibit hall with journalism recruiters; and demonstrations and training sessions by top digital and multimedia journalism organizations including Google, the Poynter Institute and the Gannett Foundation.

Green jobs, the environment and minority political power:

Plenary, “This Land is Our Land Too: Justice, Jobs, and Environmental Protection”
Featured Speaker: Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Friday, Aug. 7, 9 – 10:30 a.m., Tampa Convention Center
Plenary, “The 2010 Census and a Majority Minority Nation”
Featured Speaker: Gary Locke, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Friday, Aug. 7, 5 -6 p.m., Tampa Convention Center

The Obama Administration and changes in the field of journalism:

Workshop, “The Black Press: The Answer Not the Alternative”
Featured panelist: Rev. Al Sharpton
Thursday, Aug. 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Tampa Convention Center

Workshop, “View From the Top Tier: Journalistic Objectivity in the Age of Obama”

Featured panelists: Suzanne Malveaux, CNN; Michelle Miller, CBS

Friday, August 7, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Tampa Convention Center

Entertainment and Sports Journalism

Plenary, “BEAT IT, BAD, or DANGEROUS? What Michael Jackson's death tells us about media competition and the future of journalism”

Featured speakers: Jon Klein, president of CNN-U.S.; and pop culture/ music critic Toure

Thursday, Aug. 6, 9 – 11 a.m., Tampa Convention Center
News Conference, “Lionsgate Presents ‘More Than a Game’”
Featured speakers: NBA player and film star LeBron James; Tiki Barber, NBC News TODAY/ NBC
Thursday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tampa Convention Center
NABJ Film Festival: “Good Hair”
Saturday, Aug. 8, 3 - 5:00 p.m.
Featuring : Q & A with Film Stars Chris Rock and Nia Long
MuVico Theatre, Centro Ybor 20, 1600 East 8th Ave., Tampa
NABJ Authors' Showcase and Bookstore
Featured authors: Robin Roberts, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Leonard Pitts, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Aug. 7; Gwen Ifill, 2 – 3p.m., Aug. 7, Tampa Convention Center

Business and Financial News:

Workshop, “When Business Becomes the News of the Day: Covering the Economy
Featuring Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.
Friday, August 7, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Tampa Convention Center.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Disney, Lilly, Google, Microsoft, CNN and Bloomberg. 

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more than 3,500 members, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.



National Association of Black Journalists
Abraham Mahshie, Communications/Production Manager
(866) 479-NABJ/

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