NABJ Attracts Thousands During Virtual Convention

Conference Brings Navigating the Pandemic and Today’s Racial Climate in Media to Center Stage

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) welcomed 2,519 registrants for the #NABJ21 Virtual Convention & Career Fair, making it among the organization’s top five conventions over the last 10 years. With over 140 professional development sessions, workshops, receptions, and masterclasses (and more than 90 job recruiters from national, regional, and local media companies and organizations), attendees heard from over 400 speakers and industry experts on topics that elevated the theme: “Navigating A Digital World – United by Mission, Driven by Purpose.â€

“This year’s convention exceeded our projection of 2,000. So, we under-promised and over-delivered! We had a lot of successful training moments and industry-shifting conversations. We received positive feedback from our attendees and, from many, we heard that the content of our convention was life-changing,†said Drew Berry, NABJ Executive Director.

During the convention, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker, an investigative reporter with CBS 2 in Chicago, was elected to a second term and five new members joined the Board of Directors. Read more here.

“Let me say to our members thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to lead this incredible organization again. We are ready to get to work and continue our focus on advocating and creating opportunities for Black journalists,†said Tucker.

With 11 specialty tracks and other activities powered by the convention’s nearly 60 partners and sponsors, and organized by NABJ members, the convention also highlighted challenges and solutions facing Black America and America’s newsrooms.

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