2023 NABJ Convention

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The 2023 National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair was held at the BJCC on August 2August 6, 2023. It served as the annual meeting for the directors of the College Park, Maryland-based National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Around 4,000 attended the event.

The theme for the event was "From Revolution to Evolution". The convention included more than 200 trainings, sessions and workshops. The career fair, held from August 2–4 hosted representatives from 90 companies and organizations. A parallel event, the NABJ High School Journalism Workshop (JSHOP) was held from July 31 to August 3.

Co-chairs for the event were Michelle Miller of "CBS Saturday Morning" and Roy S. Johnson of the Alabama Media Group. Program co-chairs were Tia Mitchell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Glenn Rice of the Kansas City Star. Sia Nyorkor of WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio chaired the NABJ's "Salute to Excellence" awards presentation. Charisse Gibson of WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana and Felecia Henderson of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland, California co-chaired the NABJ Special Honors Awards.


  • Friday, August 4:
    • NABJ Hall of Fame inductions, hosted by Symone Sanders-Townsend and Erroll Barnett. Jesse Lewis Sr and Roy S. Johnson were inducted during the event.
  • Saturday, August 5:
    • Tours to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma or the Legacy Museum in Montgomery
    • NABJ Salute to Excellence awards, hosted by DeMarco Morgan and Somara Theodore.
  • Sunday, August 6:


  • Thornton, William (November 3, 2019) "Birmingham selected for 2023 NABJ Convention." The Birmingham News
  • Wright, Barnett (July 31, 2023) "Birmingham to Host Thousands of Journalists This Week For 2023 NABJ Convention." The Birmingham Times
  • Dione, Brittany (July 31, 2023) "National Association of Black Journalists Hosts annual convention in the Magic City, massive economic impact expected." WBRC.com
  • Daniel, Nicole S. (August 1, 2023) "Birmingham Native Phyllis Gilchrist Welcomes Journalists to City Where She Co-Founded BABJ." The Birmingham Times

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