Detroit Chapter hosts

Region IV Conference

By Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Journalists representing NABJ chapters across the Midwest region attended the 2014 NABJ IV Conference in October where panel discussions ranged from covering the Ferguson riots to the rise of using social media in reporting.

The two-day event included an opening reception at the Detroit Historical Museum on Friday, Oct. 10, and a “Newsmaker Luncheon” on Saturday, Oct. 11, where Detroit Police Chief James Craig discussed the benefit of police officers understanding the communities they serve.

Local and national journalist Charlie LeDuff, who covered the Ferguson, Mo., riots spoke during the panel discussion “Covering Chaos in the Community … Lessons learned from Ferguson and other conflicts.” He discussed his experiences and ordeals covering the demonstrations and protests in Ferguson. LeDuff was attacked while doing “on the ground” reporting during the riots as a man lunged at him and attempted to beat him. Another Ferguson jumped in and stopped the attack.

The event was held at the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel and was organized by Vickie Thomas, Region IV Director and former DC-NABJ president.

“The NABJ Region IV conference was a huge success with over 80 registrants participating in a weekend of training, networking, discussion and discovery,” Thomas said.

“I want thank all of our sponsors, Quicken Loans, Tillman, Comerica Bank, Curis Enterprises, McConnell Communications, Inc. and the WGPR Historical Society. A huge thank you also to the staff in the national office and our local committee for helping to make the conference a success!”

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