The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Association of LGBT Journalists, is having their convention later this month in Boston and is hoping you will consider attending. If you’ve never heard of the NLGJA, then read on to find out more about this media association which has been around since 1990.
NLGJA is a membership association that provides professional development to journalists and communications professionals, no matter the media type – print, broadcasting, web, digital, or freelance. If you’re a student, an educator, a PR professional or someone who cares about the fairness and accuracy of coverage regarding the LGBT community, then you can also be a member. NLGJA is a member of UNITY Journalists, a coalition of minority journalist organizations between the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and NLGJA.
NLGJA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and as mentioned on their web site, “has a responsibility to provide members with resources and information to help them do their jobs and advance their careers. NLGJA also serves as both media watchdog and educator. When lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) issues are covered unfairly or inaccurately, NLGJA both points out the problem and teaches journalists how to get it right the next time.”
The yearly NLGJA National Convention and LGBT Media Summit is a highlight of the organization and this year is expected to draw over 350 journalists to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers.
The four-day assembly will begin with the 9th Annual LGBT Media Summit on August 22, followed by two full days of programming with more than 40 workshops designed to address the needs of journalists and those in the communication industry. The convention will also include Connect - the NLGJA Student Journalism Project, the Women's Networking Dinner, NLGJA's Excellence in Journalism Awards and numerous other learning and networking opportunities.
If you would like to attend the conference August 22-25, make sure to register by August 9 to receive the advanced registration rate. For full convention details, click here.
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