National leaders in media and politics headed to Boston for NABJ confab

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair, July 30- Aug. 3, in Boston. During the convention, attendees can expect to hear from national leaders from the worlds of media, politics, and culture.

With midterm elections scheduled this fall, considered an early indicator of the 2016 presidential contest, ongoing questions about voting rights in several states, and the frequent discussion of identity politics, NABJ convention planners felt it is important to hear from the leaders of the nation’s leading political parties.

Reince Priebus, who was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee in January 2011 and reelected in January last year, will give remarks and be interviewed on Thursday, July 31, during the association’s opening plenary. The interview will be conducted by CNN’s Michaela Pereira and Kelly Wright of FOX News.

“I appreciate President Butler’s invitation to address NABJ membership and look forward to discussing our ongoing efforts to engage black voters, expand the dialogue in communities across the country and inform the very journalists who help shape the views of a very important constituency, Priebus said.’

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the current chair of the Democratic National Committee, will address convention attendees on Friday, August 1. The discussion will be moderated by ABC News/Good Morning America correspondent Mara Schiavocampo and Wesley Lowery, who covers Congress and National Politics for the Washington Post.

“I’m thrilled to be joining some of the nation’s best reporters in Boston this summer ahead of the fall elections,” Wasserman Schultz said.

“The 2014 midterms are critical to the country’s future, and Democrats are working in cities, counties, and states across America to create opportunity for all, and not just a few. I look forward to continuing that discussion with those who will tell that story to voters this year and beyond.”

NABJ President Bob Butler said, “As is often expected, African-American voters are a key demographic in the upcoming election cycle, but some civil rights groups have sounded the alarm about threats to one person, one vote. It is important that our members hear and can report about from all angles about the black vote especially ahead of crucial elections nationwide, which could tip the balance of power from Washington to beyond.”

Dean Baquet – first African-American editor of The New York Times

“A Conversation with Dean Baquet,” is scheduled for Thursday afternoon and the interview will be conducted by CNN’s Stephanie Elam.

Baquet was named executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper’s top post, in May after serving as its managing editor. He is the first African American to oversee the Times’ newsroom.

“The conversation we expect to have with Dean Baquet regarding his extraordinary appointment, his noteworthy career, and the changes expected in the media industry going forward will be eye-opening and thought provoking for all our members,” Butler said.

To register for  NABJ’s 39th Convention and Career Fair, visit http://www.nabj.org. Follow on Twitter for updates, @NABJ  #NABJ14.

(An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.)

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