NABJ’s 44th Convention and Career Fair Begins Tonight, In Miami For First Time in 32 Years

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will begin their 44th Annual Convention and Career Fair this week in Miami with the theme “Fight The Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose.” The premier conference brings together many of the best and brightest current and emerging Black journalists from across the country.

NABJ South Florida will kick off the series of events for #NABJ19 with a town hall meeting “Breathing While Black,” tonight, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at Florida Memorial University’s Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, 15800 NW 42 Ave. in Miami Gardens.

The official national convention will continue at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, Aug. 7-11. It will include educational workshops, a career fair, authors’ showcases, networking opportunities, film screenings, receptions, awards ceremonies, appearances from 2020 candidates and a variety of other offerings featuring notable professionals from various industries.

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Scheduled special guests include: Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes, Michael B. Jordan, Tamron Hall, Joy Ann Reid, David Oyewolo, Storm Reid, Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and many more.

Companies that will be present include CNN, ESPN, Disney, Google, Wall Street Journal, NBCUniversal, Knight Foundation, Poynter, Facebook, Twitter, Warner Bros and many more.

NABJ South Florida will also hold “Scholarship On The Seas” Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. on Miami’s Intracoastal Waterway to raise money to help send journalism students to college. Honorees include: Sheryl Underwood, DJ Irie and special guest Zane. 

This is the first time the convention has been held in Miami since 1987. NABJ President Sarah Glover tweeted they are excited about this year’s convention.

Leisa Richardson and Eva Coleman are this year’s convention co-chairs. Tom Joyner, Kathy Times and John Yearwood are the honorary chairs.

To register for the convention, get a full schedule or learn more, visit the convention’s website.