NABJ Announces 2023-2026 Convention Locations
WASHINGTON (Oct. 31, 2019) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today announced the Board of Directors’ selections for the host cities of the association’s National Convention & Career Fair for 2023 through 2026.
- 2023 – Birmingham
- 2024 – Chicago
- 2025 – Cleveland
- 2026 – Atlanta
Previously announced convention cities include Washington, D.C. in 2020, Houston in 2021 and Las Vegas in 2022.
The newest city and hotel selections were based on a combination of metrics including the following:
- Potential revenue generation
- Projected expenses for the organization
- Desirable hotel availability dates
- Rooming prices and hotel capacity
- Travel and attendance costs for members and partners
- Accommodations for meeting space and exhibitor requirements
- Attendance track record (if applicable)
Historical significance and the opportunity to support robust minority businesses were also factors discussed during the selection process.
“This year, NABJ celebrated a record-breaking convention in the Miami metropolitan area and we are committed to duplicating and adding to that successful formula,” said President Dorothy Tucker. “After thoughtful research, review and dialogue, our Board decided that these cities offer the environment, resources and partnerships that are needed to not only take our conventions to the next level but support the expectations of our attendees.”
Cities and hotels that competed to host NABJ conventions were not chosen for a combination of several reasons, including:
- Required convention dates were not available
- Meeting space, guest rooms and general operating costs were too expensive
- Attendance track-records from previous NABJ conventions were unfavorable
The site selection review process concluded in early October after site visits to the seven finalist cities, chosen by the Board, were completed. NABJ received multiple proposals from cities across the country. The review process included a multi-city tour conducted by a special NABJ delegation. The tour stops included hotel and venue visits, engagement with local NABJ and community members and meetings with local convention and visitor bureaus.