NABJ Chapter-related Operating Procedures Update

Amendments Made as of Dec. 5, 2022

Please see “Collecting Sponsorship Revenues”  Chapter 6, Article II, Section 3.

Planning a Regional Conference

Check out these tips from the National Office to assist you through your planning process.

  • Avoid hotel contracts that require a reservation for blocks of rooms.
  • Conference attendees routinely explore cheaper hotel options and you may be left with the bill for an unfilled contracted number of rooms.
  • Local colleges/universities, especially with journalism or media-related schools, are generally happy to host journalism or media-related events for free or low cost.
  • Entities see NABJ presence as a benefit to students especially if you allow students to attend free of charge. This is highly recommended.
  • Explore whether the host venue allows for outside food vendors to bring food in for luncheons, breakfasts, etc.
  • Hotels generally do not allow external food vendors because they make significant money off of F&B (Food and Beverages).    
  • The cost of F&B is usually less expensive at venues that are not hotels.
  • Check catering options from outside the facility for best pricing.
  • Do not be afraid to change “boilerplate” language that may not be advantageous to your organization.

Feel free to consult the National Office if you have questions about a contract. 

NABJ Chapters

Within each region are various professional and student (college-level) chapters. Currently, NABJ has nearly 130 chapters. Below find links with more information about chapters in each region and information on how to become a certified NABJ chapter, as found on our membership portal.

Chapter Tool Kit

Download the Chapter Handbook

Become a Chapter

NABJ Region I Chapters – Conn., Del., D.C., Maine, Md., Mass., N.H., N.J., N.Y., Pa., R.I., Vt., Va. and W.Va.

NABJ Region II Chapters – Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Ky., Mich., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., Ohio, S.D. and Wis.

NABJ Region III Chapters – Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N.C., Okla., S.C., Tenn. and Texas

NABJ Region IV ChaptersAlaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo, Hawaii, Idaho, Mont., Nev., N.M., Ore., Utah, Wash. and Wyo.

Click here to learn more about how to become a chapter or update chapter information.