Detroit to Host 2018 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair

Modified: November 29, 2018

Detroit, Mich. – After a 25-year absence, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will return to Detroit August 1-5, 2018 for its Convention and Career Fair at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

NABJ national office personnel and the Detroit Chapter of NABJ hosted a pre-convention reception at Chrysler House in downtown Detroit yesterday to announce Detroit as the 2018 host city. A group of corporate executives were in attendance to learn about preliminary plans and opportunities for partnerships for the 2018 convention.

“Having the reception now, even as we are less than 100 days away from our 2017 convention in New Orleans, is important to building critical relationships for our stay in the Motor City,” said Drew Barry, NABJ executive director. “Detroit presents a plethora of unique and exciting opportunities.”

NABJ Region II Director Vickie Thomas recalls serving as Vice President, Broadcast of the Detroit Chapter back in 1992. “It was a spectacular convention with our beloved former Detroit Chapter President, the late Angelo Henderson at the helm,” said Thomas. “We welcomed then presidential candidate Bill Clinton, filmmaker Spike Lee and former tennis star, the late Arthur Ashe. We know the 2018 convention will be an unforgettable experience for attendees!”

The convention will attract thousands of professional and student journalists, public relations professionals, as well as news makers and other leaders from across the country and around the world. NABJ’s last convention in Washington, D.C. attracted 4,000 attendees and generated 217 million social media impressions.

“Hosting this influential media group gives us the perfect opportunity to enhance the city’s image on a worldwide scale,” said Larry Alexander, president & CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to showing off the comeback city to the thousands of NABJ attendees and creating long-lasting positive impressions of the city.”

According to Alexander, the 2018 convention is expected to generate $1,338,270 in direct spending.

To begin the countdown to the 2018 convention, the Detroit Chapter of NABJ will host a fundraising celebration at this year’s convention in New Orleans on Saturday, August 12, 2017. This grand event, called Motown and More, will feature a sampling of made-in-Detroit items and Motown music to get attendees excited to come to Detroit in 2018.

For more information about NABJ, go to
Contact: Vickie Thomas, Detroit NABJ, or 313-300-2807

About NABJ
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit

Visit Detroit is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.

More than 700 businesses are represented in Visit Detroit’s membership. Visit Detroit was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau.


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