2019 NABJ Region I Conference

‘Reclaiming Our Story’

Guardians of Our History Since 1619 and the True Responsibility of Black Journalists Today

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
Hampton University
April 12-14, Hampton Roads, Virginia

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its 2019 Region 1 Conference, April 12 to 14, 2019 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The gathering will bring together hundreds of journalists, communication professionals and students from across the U.S. Northeast to attend the two-day conference. The conference will have a three-pronged approach:

· Historical Research / Local & National Storytelling
· Media Training / Diversity Coaching & Career Advancement
· Community Engagement / Advocacy

The gathering will serve as a major milestone, as it will help commemorate the 400th anniversary when Africans arrived on American soil. Next year’s conference will also focus on improving the industry’s involvement in developing coverage of America’s diverse landscape, promoting dialogue for professional growth, and providing diversity training for all levels within the journalism industry. To note, due to last year’s successful effort, we are bringing back the Region I Job Fair and Diversity Management Training!

400th Anniversary: Significance of 1619
Slavery in America started 400 years ago in 1619, when a Dutch ship brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. There are historical references noting the ship holding the Africans stopped in Hampton, Virginia first.

General Conference
The 2019 conference in New York City was a huge success and trended nationally on social media. Due to popularity and opening the conference for student chapters to attend, we are anticipating larger attendance numbers in 2019. The conference weekend will kick off with an opening reception Friday hosted by the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals and will end Saturday a closing reception.

Opening Reception

Members of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals are excited to host this year’s regional conference with an opening reception honoring historic firsts. * Admission cost separate from registration

Diversity Management Training
All-day training separate from the general conference will afford selected conference goers an opportunity to dissect the pitfalls of tone-deaf news coverage and the urgent need for improved newsroom diversity nationwide. Attendees will be joined by other mid-level editors, supervisors and aspiring newsroom leaders selected to attend the training.

Job Fair & Student Training
There will be news managers and recruiters ready for one-on-one interviews with applicants during the Region I Conference. Intense resume critiques and training will be offered for students. Persons must be registered for the Region 1 Conference to participate in the Job Fair & Student Training.

*information via NABJ.org

Please Note: Original rooms were sold out but addition rooms were added to the block.

The Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina has agreed to provide us with 40 more rooms after the original room block for Region I sold out.

Yes, this is December, but please, do not wait as rooms are going fast and the next closest hotel to Hampton University is 30 minutes away.

Please have a credit card to hold your room. Call the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina directly at (757) 727-9700, toll free (866)-375-6054 or reserve online via the link. #NABJHampton19

Room rate: $109
Group Code: NAB


Registration Type Early Bird

by Feb. 16


by April 2


April 12 & 13

Professional  $30  $40  $50
Student Member  $15  $25  $30
Non-Member  $40  $50  $60
Student Non-Member  $25  $35  $40
*Student Bundles 10 Students/$100 10 Students/$200 10 Students/$250
 *Contact the national office at 301-405-0554/0248 to submit student bundle registrations.

Registeration is available now! Online registration is available until: 4/12/2019