Washington, D.C. – If you are an African-American or Hispanic journalist, then you were probably at this conference this week. It was held in Washington, D.C. this week at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park hotel. This was an historical event that can only be told in pictures. This was the same hotel that held the first NABJ conference many years ago.
Hilary Clinton, Rev Run and Roland Martin was a few of the celebrities that showed up at the conference. This was my first conference and It has inspired me. The world of journalism, TV news and radio is very small but if you are serious about your career this is the place to be. It is held once a year but this year was the most historic because it combined the hispanic and black organizations together. There were work shops, meet and greets, a four day job fair and movie previews.
I got to meet the managing editor of Ebony/Jet online magazine, TEGNA (formerly Gannett), Denise Sawyer and NPR. I went to my first BuzzFeed Party, NPR reception and Tejano party. There were people there getting face to face interviews and jobs on the spot. These are companies that know diversity is important and this is how you get the best of the best.
We ended our trip at the Newseum on Sunday. If you ever wanted to know and understand the full history of reporting the news. This is the place to go.
One of the most memorable panels was about creating social video. This was a platform that featured AJ+. NowThis, Buzzed and Poytner employees. They gave us a variety of tips on how to create great video with your cellphone. The amount of people I met and things I was exposed to were invaluable. I can only hope that next year I can get a few of my fellow mass communication journalist to tag along.
Being a student of Mass communications, I think this is one of the most important conferences that you can go to.