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July 31-August 4, 2024

Chicago, IL

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Level Up with NBCU Academy’s All Day Journalism Workshop

Are you interested in learning from America’s leading news organization? NBCU Academy is a premiere journalism and content creation training program that will help you learn new skills and grow your career. Advancing excellence in journalism, media and tech, NBCU Academy convenes the best and brightest team of world class journalists from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo News. Our exclusive workshop experience will offer insights into how we produce for network news, cable, digital, streaming, local and beyond. We are looking for innovative, energetic and intensely curious journalists interested in taking their craft to the next level.

What should I expect?
Conversations with NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News NOW, Noticias Telemundo, NBC Local and Telemundo Local professionals to identify the most effective tools to improve your storytelling skills.

Who should apply?
Our workshops are ideal for attendees who are:

  • Registered to attend the 2024 NABJ conference
  • On-air talent looking to move into a new market
  • Skilled journalists interested in new media
  • Strongly interested in writing, editing and producing

NBCU Academy Workshops

Thursday August 1, 2024

Location: Hilton Chicago Continental A


11:30AM-1:00PM CST
NBCU Academy Storytelling Workshop: When Is It Reportable?

  • Moderator:  Shaquille Brewster, NBC News Correspondent
  • Panelists: 
    • Karen Toulon, NBC Business News Director of Standards
    • Nadine Comerford, NBC News Midwest Bureau Senior Director 

1:30-2:30PM CST
NBCU Academy Presents: Reclaiming Our History, Reporting Our Truth

  • Moderator: Yamiche Alcindor, NBC News Washington Correspondent
  • Panelists:
    • Joy Reid, Host of MSNBC’s “The Reidout”
    • Antonia Hylton, NBC News and MSNBC Correspondent
    • Trymaine Lee, NBC News and MSNBC & “Into America” Podcast Host
    • Leroy Chapman Jr., Atlanta Journal Constitution Editor-in-Chief


2:30-3:15PM CST
Book signing with Joy Reid & Antonia Hylton


3:15-4:45PM CST
Multimedia Workshop: Leveling Up Your News Story

  • Moderator: Marquise Francis, NBC News “Stay Tuned” Correspondent
  • Panelists:
    • Priscilla Thompson, NBC News Correspondent
    • Janelle Richards, NBC Nightly News Senior Producer
    • Evrod Cassimy, NBC 5 Chicago Anchor/Reporter


Friday August 2, 2024

Location: Hilton Chicago Continental A


1:00-2:00PM CST
The Deciders: How to Cover the Issues Driving Voters in 2024

  • Moderator: Marion Brooks, NBC 5 Chicago Anchor & Reporter
  • Panelists:
    • Yamiche Alcindor, NBC News Washington Correspondent
    • Shaq Brewster, NBC News Correspondent
    • Symone Sanders-Townsend, Co-Host of MSNBC’s “The Weekend”
    • Charles Coleman, MSNBC Legal Analyst & Civil Rights Attorney

Apply by July 18

CNBC Business News Media Lab: How to Take Your Story From Byline to Broadcast and Beyond

Friday August 2, 2024

Location: Hilton Chicago Continental A


10:00AM-11:30AM CST

Journalists are asked to do more with less these days, including sharing highlights of your coverage with wider audiences across multiple platforms – on-air, digital or social. CNBC is here is teach you strategies to maximize your reach and your resume.

In this exclusive, invitation-only, interactive session, CNBC’s newsroom leaders will share tips, techniques and tactics for successfully pitching, preparing, and presenting business news stories on camera across multiple platforms.

To request an invitation, send your resume to [email protected].

  • Panelists:
    • Mary Duffy – CNBC Vice President, Strategic Talent Development & Senior Executive Producer  
    • Dan Colarusso – CNBC Vice President, Business News  
    • Jason Gewirtz – CNBC Vice President of News 
    • Frank Holland – CNBC “Worldwide Exchange” Anchor 
    • Sharon Epperson- CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent  
    • Chip Aiken – CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Senior Line Producer 
    • Christina Beiene – CNBC “Last Call” Segment Producer 
    • Bria Cousins – CNBC Senior Field Producer, DC Bureau  
    • Hanna Howard – CNBC “Make It” Senior Editor 
    • Claudia Johnson – CNBC Assignment Editor 
    • Melodie Warner – CNBC.com News Editor

Apply by July 18

NBCU Academy Script Doctor

Friday August 2, 2024

Location: Hilton Chicago


10AM-12:00PM CST

Script writing is the very foundation of journalism—a well written script has the ability to elevate reporting to new heights. It is also an art in need of constant revitalization and renewal—even from the most seasoned writers. Please join us in a conversation with NBCU News Group leaders and journalists.

  • Ken Strickland, NBC News Senior Vice-President & Washington Bureau Chief
  • Aaron Gilchrist, NBC News White House Correspondent
  • Janelle Richards, NBC Nightly News Senior Producer

After a panel discussion, you will have an opportunity to have your own scripts reviewed by our own local news directors.

Please RSVP “YES – NABJ”  by July 18, 2024 at [email protected] to attend. Space limited. RSVP required for entry.

If you would like to be considered for our script review session with our local news directors, please make sure to reply “YES – NABJ” with a package script attached.

Apply by July 18

Lessons in Leadership Workshop

Friday August 2, 2024

Location: Hilton Chicago Continental A


2:30-4:30PM CST

Looking to take your leadership skills to the next level? Learn ways to activate your influence on content creation and company culture. This interactive workshop will give you a window into how top leaders think and provide insights on how to problem solve for real-world challenges. No matter your goals, you need leadership skills to navigate newsrooms and advance your career. NBCU News Group executives will offer their best advice on how to lead and succeed.

  • Moderator: Sheinelle Jones, “3rd Hour of TODAY” Co-Host
  • Moderator: Maya Eaglin, NBC News “Stay Tuned” Correspondent
  • Panelists:
    • Kevin Warren, Chicago Bears President
    • Anzio Williams, NBCU Local Talent, Strategy Initiatives & Team Impact EVP
    • Yvette Miley, NBCU News Group Executive Vice President, DEI
    • Omnika Thompson, NBCU News Group Executive Editor, DEI & NBCU Academy
    • Essa Yip, NBCU News Group Managing Editor, DEI & NBCU Academy
    • Karen Toulon, NBC Business News Director of Standards

Apply by July 18