LGBT journalists group to meet in Miami for annual confab

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

The convention’s opening reception will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 8. It will feature Jess Cagle, editor in chief of People Magazine, and Henry Goldblatt, editor in chief of Entertainment Weekly, and Neda Ulaby of NPR.

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.
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