Come Aug. 1, Detroit will play host for five days to 3,000 reporters, editors, producers, photographers and students for the annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention at the GM Renaissance Center Marriott.
Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press write:
NABJ, like Detroit, is working on reinventing itself in a digital age and rebuilding relationships between journalists and consumers in the Age of Trump.
“I am thrilled that the NABJ has chosen Detroit for its national conference this summer and can’t think of a better place for it,” said Mayor Mike Duggan a member of a Host Committee that rivals the one convened for the 2006 Super Bowl. It includes Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert, former mayor Dennis Archer, Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry and Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Larry Alexander.
“Professional journalists play a vital role in our democracy, and it’s so very important that our newsrooms, like our government, reflect the diverse communities they serve,” Duggan said. “I hope that NABJ members will take some time to venture out and see and experience some of Detroit’s great neighborhoods. What they should see is a city working hard and making significant progress, and that still has a long way to go in its recovery.”