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Largest Convention for Black Journalists Coming to Detroit

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Black journalists and other media professionals of color from across the country will descend on Detroit for the National Association of Black Journalists’ 43rd annual National Convention and Career Fair, scheduled for August 1-5.

The week-long event marks the first time in 26 years NABJ will host its annual gathering in Detroit. The group’s first convention in Detroit was held in 1982, and its second, in 1992.

Before the convention officially begins, the organization’s Detroit chapter will host a townhall Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8 p.m., right in The District Detroit. Sponsored by Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the evening event at City Theatre inside Hockeytown Café will feature two discussions, “Diversity in the D” and "Diversity in the Media.”

The panels will feature city officials, business leaders and media personalities such as city of Detroit Chief Storyteller Aaron Foley; Detroit Public TV host Stephen Henderson; Means Group president and major developer Eric Means; City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield and Detroit News Columnist Nolan Finley.

At least 3,000 reporters, students, media executives and public relations professionals are expected to roam the GM Renaissance Conference Center and Detroit Marriott, among other sites throughout the city. MotorCity Casino Hotel will also serve as one of the official hotels for conventiongoers.

The theme for this year’s convention is "NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.” Throughout the week, registrants will attend workshops, film screenings and panels and will hear from national reporters, activists, innovators and other newsmakers. Featured guests include filmmaker Spike Lee; solo artist and New Edition member, Bobby Brown, and Hollywood newcomer and former NHL player John David “J.D.” Washington, who is the son of Denzel Washington.

Complimentary parking for the townhall, courtesy of Comcast Business, will be at the Henry Garage located at 128 W. Fisher, next to Little Caesars Arena. Shuttles operated by MotorCity Casino Hotel will also run from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Register for the free event by clicking here.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.