Detroit to host black journalist group’s ’18 convention

The Detroit News

The National Association of Black Journalists has selected Detroit to host its 2018 convention, group officials said.

The convention traditionally attracts thousands of participants, and the group held conventions in the Motor City in 1982 and 1992, said Felecia Henderson, president of the Detroit Chapter — National Association of Black Journalists and an assistant managing editor at The Detroit News.

“… Detroit is an international destination known for events of all types, and as the world’s Automobile Capital and Motown, Detroit is sure to show our attendees a good time,” NABJ President Bob Butler said in a statement.

NABJ officials called Detroit “America’s great comeback city,” and Butler noted its “right mixture of prime location, convention space and accommodations, as well as leisure activities to make a great convention for our members.”

Henderson said local chapter members “are beyond thrilled to host the 2018 NABJ convention. We greatly appreciate the unanimous vote from the Board of Directors. ... We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and start planning.”

The NABJ Convention & Career Fair is considered the nation’s largest annual gathering of minority journalists, from professionals to students, the group said.

The event has drawn high-profile national figures such as Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama; and secretaries of state Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, NABJ officials said.

The black journalist organization is scheduled to hold this year’s convention — celebrating its 40th anniversary — in Minneapolis in August while next year co-hosting its convention in Washington, D.C., with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. New Orleans was chosen to host the group’s 2017 event.

Founded in 1975, the NABJ is “an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide,” according to its website.