NAHJ Announces Open Registration for 2018 Conference

Launch of new website indicates significant changes to the association’s approach for the annual gathering

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 1, 2017) — The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) today announced that registration is open for the organization’s stand-alone conference. The conference will be held July 18 – 21, 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami.  The new website goes live today and is located at the address: http://www.NAHJ2018.org.

With the launch of the new site, the association has already made notable changes to the direction of the national organization’s annual event, beginning with an adjustment from the previously used title ‘convention’ to conference. Instead, the site reveals this year’s gathering will be an ‘International Training Conference and Career Fair.’

More than just a name change, the description is a direct reflection of NAHJ’s Executive Director Alberto Mendoza’s recent efforts to curate partners that are able to help facilitate elevated programming for members. Both Mendoza and NAHJ leadership have discussed ways to bring tangible benefits of education to attendees in the future.  The concept is aimed to provide training to attendees and professional skills building, leadership development as well as an opportunity for all to be in front of the industry’s top recruiters.

“It’s time to take a look at how we approach national conventions and assess what the value is for our members,” commented Alberto Mendoza. “We’re making changes to reinvent what the conference concept looks like for journalism associations.”

Additionally, Mendoza described the elements so far included in the conference are incredibly intentional, beginning with the choice of Miami as the host city.

“One of the top cities in the United States for diversity, Miami makes a lot of sense as we move in the direction of an international training conference,” added Brandon Benavides, NAHJ President. “We are thrilled to welcome our LATAM colleagues and share in exceptional education, resources and top recruiters that the career fair attracts.”

Although a stand-alone conference, in association with NAHJ the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), will present the joint journalism expo, career fair and co-locate their annual conference within the Intercontinental Hotel. All attendees will have the opportunity to attend all NAHJ/NAJA breakout programs and international training sessions with paid registration.

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About NAHJ: The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,200 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit NAHJ.org or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.