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April 20, 2024 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

2024 NABJ Emerging and Investigative Journalists Summit

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, New York, NY

Theme: “Finding the Balance!”




Attendees will need to enter the CUNY building on 41st Street and not 40th Street. The entrance is located around the corner at 230 West 41st Street. ID required for entry!

How do you strike the right balance in advancing your career? Join the Young Black Journalists Task Force and veteran NABJ Investigative members for the 2024 NABJ Emerging and Investigative Journalists Summit!
The institute is a day-long conference featuring:
– Networking
– Informative panels
– A keynote conversation
– Exclusive training on investigative journalism
– And a career fair in the media capital of the world
Be empowered and inspired to take your career to the next level!


Registration Rates
(Total includes a $3.00 administrative fee)
Onsite Registration is available in-person on April 20, 2024
*No Cash Accepted • Debit or Credit Cards Only
  • Professional Member (Professional/Emerging Professional/Alumni/Academic/Media Related Members) – $65
  • Student Member – $50
  • Nonmember – $75
  • Student Nonmember – $55


Early-Bird by April 12, 2024 (Online Registration Deadline)
  • Professional Member (Professional/Emerging Professional/Alumni/Academic/Media Related Members) – $40
  • Student Member – $25
  • Nonmember – $50
  • Student Nonmember – $30

Recommended Hotel Option:
AC Hotel Logo
AC Hotel Times Square (Across the street from the school.)
260 West 40th Street, New York, New York 10018
Link for Booking on Your Own: CLICK HERE.


Schedule-at-a-Glance (Subject to Change)
9:00 a.m.
 Registration & Continental Breakfast | Lobby


9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Career Fair & Resume Reviews by NABJ’s Business Journalism Task Force | Lobby
Featuring: CBS News, Report for America, The New York Times, The E.W. Scripps Company


9:30 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks | Newsroom  
Ken Lemon, Reporter, Cox Media Group-WSOC and NABJ President
Dorothy Tucker, Immediate Past NABJ President
CJ Stone & Janay Reece, NABJ Young Black Journalists Task Force Co-chairs
Walter Smith Randolph, Investigative Executive Producer, WCBS/CBS and NABJ VP-Broadcast


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Concurrent Sessions
– Visual Investigations |  Powered by The New York Times | Room 308
Ever wonder how to track down people and places on the internet using simple tools? Join the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Visual Investigations unit for tips, tools and tricks you can use in your newsroom.
Christiaan Tribert, Reporter-Visual Investigations, The New York Times (Presenter)


 – Neighborhood News: Fewer Anchors, More Reporters | Powered by The E.W. Scripps Company | Newsroom 
The future of local TV news will be won or lost on the ground in the communities those stations serve. Neighborhood News is an audacious bet The E.W. Scripps Company is making in several of its TV markets around the country—significantly increasing reporters’ salaries, and in some cases, tripling the number of journalists at a station. Hear from some of the architects of the strategy on why they believe this is a step toward future-proofing local TV news.
Marcus Riley, Senior Director of Content Strategy and Inclusive Journalism, The E.W. Scripps Company (Moderator) 
Vicki Bradley, Station Manager, The E.W. Scripps Company (Panelist)
Venton Blandin, Executive Reporter, The E.W. Scripps Company (Panelist) 
Larry Wallace, Senior Investigative Reporter, The E.W. Scripps Company (Panelist)


10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
– Political Roundtable |  Powered by CBS News | Newsroom
It’s an election year, and the stakes are high, so who’s who and what’s what? YBJ sits down with some of the nation’s top political journos who have been on the road and are monitoring the polls and the caucuses.
Jarred Hill, Correspondent, CBS News (Moderator) 
Joyce Koh, National Political Reporter (Panelist) 
Kirstin Garriss, Washington, D.C. Correspondent, Cox Media Group (Panelist) 
Taurean Small, Campaign Reporter, CBS News (Panelist) 


– Covering the Legal Justice System – From Local Courts to the U.S. Supreme Court |  Powered by The E.W. Scripps Company | Room 308
Inside courtrooms daily, there are stories that affect real people: But in newsrooms across the nation, where beat reporting no longer exists or is limited, general assignment reporters often jump in to cover legal cases while navigating intimidating judicial systems. This session assembles legal journalists who will share valuable tips on maneuvering within local and federal court systems to cover legal stories.
Ava-joye Burnett, Legal Affairs Correspondent, The E.W. Scripps Company (Moderator) 
Cherri Gregg, Afternoon Host/Anchor, WHYY (Panelist)                                                                                       
Jan Ransom, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times (Panelist)                                                                                          
Tony Kovaleski, Chief Investigative Report, The E.W. Scripps Company – Denver (Panelist)


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
– Lunch & Learn | With The New York Times & Report for America | Lobby


12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
– Pan-Africa Exchange/Investigating Apartheid | Room 308
Join South African journalists as they discuss how they investigated apartheid and challenged authority under conditions of censorship.
Anton Harber, Executive Director, Campaign for Free Expression (Presenter) 
Dr. Enoch Sithole, Professor, Wits Centre for Journalism (Presenter)


1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
– Fireside Chat with Dean Baquet | Newsroom
Join Dean Baquet, The New York Times’ first Black executive editor as he discusses his career and why he launched The New York Times Local Investigations Fellowship.
Dean Baquet, Local Investigative Times Fellowship Lead at The New York Times (Presenter)


2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
– Advancing Your Career |  Powered by The New York Times | Newsroom 
In this panel session, we’ll explore how to take your career to the next level. Maybe you’re considering management, or maybe you’re already in middle management and are looking for ways to advance your career. 
Kayla Solomon, Investigative Report, FOX13 Memphis  (Moderator)
Lauren White, Field Producer, 48 Hours (Panelist)
Christopher Nelson, Director of Talent Relations, NewsNation (Panelist) 
Nikita Stewart, Real Estate Editor, The New York Times (Panelist) 
Zeke Minaya, Assistant Editors, The New York Times’ Metro Desk  (Panelist) 


– Google Tools Training | Room 308    
Van Dora Williams, Ph.D., Professor, Champlain College (Trainer)


3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
– The Merge: How Traditional News is Transforming in a Digital World | Newsroom
As linear television viewership declines and digital and streaming are on the rise, newsrooms are revisioning how and where they meet their viewers. In this panel, we’ll examine digital opportunities and how to differentiate between content creation and newsgathering.
Mitch Brown, Freelancer (Moderator) 
Maya Eaglin, Digital Reporter, NBC News (Panelist) 
Joseph Ferguson, Digital Reporter, Washington Post Tik Tok (Panelist) 
Tramon Lucas, Digital Editor, Baltimore Banner (Panelist)


– Covering FOIA | Presented by The New York Times & CBS News | Room 308 
Investigative stories are often hidden inside documents that are difficult to obtain. In this session, FOIA pros will walk you through FOIA best practices to land your next big story.
Mark Walker, Washington Correspondent, The New York Times (Presenter) 
Walter Smith Randolph, Investigative Executive Producer, WCBS/CBS and NABJ VP-Broadcast (Presenter)

4:45 p.m.
– Closing Remarks | Newsroom


5:30 p.m.- Until  
– Mix & Mingle | Printer’s Alley | 215 W 40th St., New York, NY 10018