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July 8, 2014

NLGJA National Conference and Media Summit comes to Chicago

Chicago will host to this year’s National Lesbian and Gay Journalist’s Association National Convention and 10th LGBT Media summit. The event will take place August 21 through August 24 at the Palmer House Hilton. This year will make the 22nd anniversary of the event, which brings together media representatives to engage in discussion on the topic of fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues in the news media.

The LGBT media summit will kick off the four-day assembly on Thursday, August 21 with three boot camps, followed by two full days of programming with more than thirty workshops designed to address the needs of journalists and those in the communication industry. The convention also will include Connect: the NLGJA Student Journalism Project, the Women's Networking Dinner, NLGJA's Excellence in Journalism Awards and numerous other learning and networking opportunities.

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This year’s speakers are set to include NBA Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins, who will share his experiences after coming out after the end of the 2012-2013 season, the event will also see Chris Gajilan, National Emmy and Gracie Allen Individual Achievement Award-winning “Oprah” producer, Melissa Bell, founder of Vox Media, and Craig Dellimore, political editor at WBBM Newsradio.

There will be two new additions to the convention this year, both of which are available to the public: A range of boot camps focused on marketing, communications and business skills and the Michael Triplett Speaker Series on the intersection between religion and the LGBT community. Both are available to the public.

The convention will also feature StoryCorps, which will collect the various stories of NLGJA’s members through the years and the organization’s impact and for possible inclusion in a StoryCorps OutLoud segment.

Visit: www.nlgja.org.

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