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February 16, 2024 - February 17, 2024

2024 NABJ Political Journalism Media Institute

Meeting the Moment

Hosted at Google D.C. &  Howard University, Douglass Hall 
February 16-17, 2024

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The NABJ Political Task Force presents the inaugural NABJ Political Journalism Media Institute, February 16-17, 2024 in Washington, D.C.
As we enter a crucial election year, the institute will provide journalists with new tools to cover candidates and issues in a way that is accurate, responsible and enlightening to readers and viewers, especially in an age of misinformation and disinformation.



> Feb. 16, 2024 – Google DC, 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
> Feb. 17, 2024 – Howard University, Douglass Hall, 2400 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20059
Registration required for access!


View the Event Program Book: Click Here
> February 16, 2024: Google DC
5 – 6:30 PM: Registration 

6 PM: Reception 

7 PM: Fireside Chat: Democracy and Journalists’ Mandate to “Meet the Moment”
A frank discussion about the mandate journalists face to “meet the moment” in a consequential election year with consideration of the unique realities facing Black journalists.
Beatrice Peterson, Justice Reporter and Producer, ABC News
Featured Guests:
Eugene Daniels, Playbook Co-author and White House Correspondent, POLITICO
Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent, NBC News
> February 17, 2024: Howard University, Douglass Hall
8:30 AM: Breakfast 

8 AM – 11 AM: Registration 
9 AM – 11 AM: Welcome and Overview

9 AM – 5 PM: Information Fair 
    • Google News Lab
    • Hearst

9:15 AM: Campaign Finance and Other Data Stories 
This session provides tools to track candidate fundraising and spending and ideas for stories that make the numbers relevant to voters.
  • Tammie Fields, Evening News Anchor, Spectrum News 13 (Moderator)
  • Kenneth Vogel, Investigative Reporter, New York Times (Panelist)
  • Christian Hall, White House Politics Reporter, Bloomberg News (Panelist)
  • Sarah Bryner, Director of Research and Strategy, Open Secrets (Panelist)

10:30 AM: Election Systems and Voter Laws
This discussion focuses on how voter laws, and challenges to how elections are carried out in local jurisdictions, can affect elections.
  • Sabrina Wilson, Political Reporter, WVUE-TV Fox 8 (Moderator)
  • Priscilla Thompson, Correspondent, NBC News (Panelist)
  • Miles Parks, Washington Correspondent, NPR (Panelist)
  • Wendy Weiser, Directs Democracy Program, Brennan Center (Panelist)
  • Adam Harris, Staff Writer, National Politics, The Atlantic (Panelist)

11:45 AM: Lunch Session: Core Themes vs. Campaign Rhetoric
This session will help journalists learn how to move beyond the horse race and candidate talking points to identify themes and topics that more closely align with the priorities of voters.
  • Mary C. Curtis, Columnist, Roll Call (Moderator)
  • Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large, The 19th (Panelist)
  • Astead Herndon, National Politics Reporter and Podcast Host, New York Times (Panelist)
  • Jeff Zeleny, Chief National Affairs Correspondent, CNN (Panelist) 
  • Shaquille Brewster, Correspondent, NBC News (Panelist) 

1:30 PM: Writing Interesting Candidate Profiles 
This session will provide information about writing candidate profiles that are interesting and insightful and go beyond the status quo. How can reporters provide voters with useful information about the candidates? The discussion will also include resources for backgrounding candidates, confirming their resumes, and providing details about their lives, even in newsrooms with limited resources.
  • Darlene Superville, White House Reporter, Associated Press (Moderator) 
  • Ben Terris, Political Features, Washington Post (Panelist)
  • Caryn Baird, News Researcher, Poynter (Panelist)
  • Kadia Goba, Political Writer, Semafor (Panelist) 

2:45 PM: Misinformation and Fact-Checking
This panel provides tools for journalists to fact-check candidates’ statements and to identify and report on misinformation, conspiracy theories, and hoaxes. It will also include discussion on the impact of AI and deepfakes. The goal of this session is to assist journalists in their endeavors to provide factual, accurate, and contextual information in these highly partisan times where sometimes candidates don’t agree on the facts.
  • Gabrielle Gurley, Senior Editor, The American Prospect (Moderator) 
  • Mike Webb, Senior VP of Communications, News Literacy Project (Panelist) 
  • Katie Sanders, Editor-in-Chief, PolitiFact (Panelist)                   
  • Daniel Funke, Digital Investigations Editor, AFP (Panelist)
  • Ashley Alese Edwards, US Partnerships Manager, Google News Lab (Panelist)

3:30 PM: Data Journalism
A short, hands-on session featuring online tools for data journalism and some tips to get even the most computer-novice journalists on their way to stronger data-driven stories and reports.
  • Maria Byrd, United States Correspondent, Channels TV (Moderator) 
  • Samantha Sunne, Freelance Journalist and Author (Panelist) 

4:15 PM: Interpreting Polls 
Answering journalists’ questions about how to accurately read and interpret polls and tips on writing smart stories based on polling data.
  • William Ford, State and Local Government Reporter, Maryland Matters (Moderator)
  • Patrick Gonzales, Pollster, Gonzales Research & Media Services (Panelist)
  • Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Cook Political Report (Panelist) 

5 PM: Closing and Evaluations


(Totals include a $3.00 administrative fee)
> On-site Registration is available in-person on Feb. 16-17, 2024
– Professional Member (Professional/Emerging Professional/Alumni/Academic/Media-Related Members) – $50
– Student Member – $25
– Non-member – $60
– Student Non-member – $30
*No Cash Accepted On Site • Debit or Credit Cards Only*


> Early-Bird Online Registration by Feb. 9, 2024
-Professional Member (Professional/Emerging Professional/Alumni/Academic/Media Related Members) – $40
– Student Member – $20
– Non-member – $50
-Student Non-member – $25


>No-Cost Virtual (Zoom) Registration for Feb. 17 Only Available HERE. 

> By Air
For those needing to travel to Washington, the closest airport is Reagan International Airport, but Southwest often has cheaper direct flights through the Baltimore-Washington Airport.
> By Train
If you are in the Amtrak corridor, consider taking a train to Union Station.

For hotels, we suggest staying near Union Station, which will be convenient to our events on Friday and allow easy access to Metro trains and other public transportation to Howard University on Saturday. Our suggested hotel is YOTEL Washington, but feel free to find lodging that fits your budget and needs.
Yotel Washington, D.C., from $181/night,

The D.C. Metro Train can get you from Reagan Airport to most locations in D.C. and there are stops near our PJMI locations on Friday and Saturday.
Uber and Lyft are also options.
Street parking is available but limited.