The National Association of Black Journalists hosted a regional conference in Birmingham April 5-6.
This conference – “Code Switching: Reporting the Virtual Truth” – featured journalists from the states of Alabama, Florida, Texas and the Carolinas.
While many sessions involved hands-on digital training tools for journalists, other sessions dealt with hot topics reporters will be covering well into the future.
A plenary entitled “The Census, Gentrification and Demographics” featured panelists Rebecca Briscoe of the U. S. Census Bureau out of Houston, TX and Stephen Woerner of Voices of Alabama’s children.
Both talked about the immense push to make sure every child is counted with the 2020 Census taking place on April 1, 2020. It’s expected to end in June. Recently Gov. Kay Ivey kicked off a yearlong Census Initiative to make sure all Alabamians are counted.
Here’s how it works.
Alabamians will receive a postcard March 23, 2020 and can participate in one of three ways.
They can fill out the postcard, call a number provided (which will be available in 13 languages) or go online and fill out the Census.
Organizers are hoping for a better response with the upcoming Census as 72% participated in Alabama in 2010 in mailed responses.
For more information on the Census, visit census.alabama.gov.
The regional conference also included sessions on coding, salary negotiation, handling online bullies and using Google news tools. A keynote luncheon also featured motivational words from CBS reporter DeMarco Morgan.
The NABJ Convention and Career Fair will be held August 7-11 in Miami.