NABJ Convention kicks off in NOLA (39805)

The death of Trayvon Martin, the 2012 presidential election, and the Supreme Court debate on the federal health care law, are just some of the topics to be featured at the 37th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair. Over 2,500 journalists, both students and professionals, are expected to attend. It’s the annual largest gathering of journalists of color in the country.

The theme for this year’s convention, located in New Orleans, is “#NABJ12: New Platforms.New Directions. New Orleans.” Beginning on June 20th, the five-day event will center around the question of “how journalists can best position themselves in the digital age and beyond,” said a press release for the convention.

Vice President Joe Biden is set to give a speech to NABJ members on the first day of the conference. The vice president is not the fist government official to address the NABJ convention since its creation in 1975. Past speakers include then U.S. Senator Barak Obama, then Senator Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.