Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to highlight NABJ Region II Conference, October 17 (video)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — There was a time when any mention of Cleveland, Ohio or Detroit, Michigan often served as the punch line in the routine of a standup comedian.  But over the past few years, the rest of the country, and the world, have begun to change their tune and take notice of the cultural, educational, financial, residential and culinary offerings

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region II Conference, titled ‘Covering Comeback Cities,’ on October 17, 2015 at the Cuyahoga Community College Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictured from left going clockwise: guest speakers include Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge; Russ Mitchell from NBC'S WKYC-TV; Cleveland Mayor Frank L. Jackson; and Charlie LeDuff of Fox-TV's, "The Americans With Charlie LeDuff."

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region II Conference, titled ‘Covering Comeback Cities,’ on October 17, 2015 at the Cuyahoga Community College Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictured from left going clockwise: guest speakers include Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge; Russ Mitchell from NBC’S WKYC-TV; Cleveland Mayor Frank L. Jackson; and Charlie LeDuff of Fox-TV’s, “The Americans With Charlie LeDuff.”

emanating from these cities. And with Cleveland being chosen as the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention, there is obviously something positive piquing the interest of the masses.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the Region II Conference, titled ‘Covering Comeback Cities,’ on October 17, 2015 at the Cuyahoga Community College Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You don’t want to miss this powerful lineup of speakers which includes Russ Mitchell from NBC’S WKYC-TV; Charlie LeDuff of Fox-TV’s, “The Americans With Charlie LeDuff;” Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge; Cleveland Mayor Frank L. Jackson; Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams; WXYZ-TV Detroit Editorial/Public Affairs Director Chuck Stokes and a host of others.

Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists President Harry Boomer says,  “The local NABJ chapter is proud to join the clarion call for justice and understanding of issues concerning America’s people of color.  We strive to give a loud and clear voice to the voiceless.  The conference will cover everything from crime and education to economic development and diversity.”

With questionable police shootings and black-on-black crime, the “Policing the Populace” session is expected to be riveting.  Cleveland Police Chief Williams recently broke down in tears during media interviews following the deadly shooting of a 5-month-old baby girl.  While many comeback cities are experiencing an economic resurgence, crime continues to be an issue.  We’ll explore police and community relations and the fight to reduce crime in our urban centers. Other panel discussions include ‘The Role of Great Schools in Selling Cities’ and ‘Diversity and Inclusion.’

Pull out your smart phones and tablets because you also don’t want to miss our hands-on, skills workshop focusing on the new live streaming app, Periscope.  The workshop will also look at how you can optimize search results.

Online registration is available until October 17 at www.nabj.org. The host hotel is The Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 St. Clair Avenue, 216-771-7700.

‘Covering Comeback Cities’ is sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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