by Joe Siegel
Over 350 journalists, media professionals, and news executives will gather for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's (NLGJA) annual convention from September 8 through 11. This year's event will be at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Miami Beach.
|LGBT Media Summit chair|
Jason Parsley, executive editor of South Florida Gay News, is the chair of the LGBT Media Summit, a daylong event that precedes the main convention on September 8. Panel discussions will include "Freedom of Information: Getting the Information You Need to Write the Stories That Matter,” “Personal Finance for Journalists,” "The LGBT Movement in Sports: Challenging the Heteronormativity Climate," and “New Ways Miami: HIV Criminalization and the Epidemic.”
One of the main plenary sessions will be "The 2016 Elections On the Air: Unlike Any Other,” which will feature a discussion about journalism and the election.
Another plenary session will be "Tragedy in Orlando: Making Sense of the Senseless.” It will feature a discussion about the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and will be moderated by Jeff Truesdell, a member of the NLGJA Board of Directors and a writer at People Magazine.
Other sessions are scheduled to include "Putting the 'Move' in Movement: Life After Marriage" and "Why Celebs Still Need Us".
Some of the other features of the convention include a Women's Networking Dinner, an Author's Cafe that includes a book signing, and opportunities for professional development at the Career and Community Expo.
For more information, go to www.nlgja.org.
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