Skill Building to Be Focus of Fifth Annual LGBT Media Conference

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The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association will host the 2014 LGBT Media Journalists Convening on Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 2 in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is ‘Honing Our Game’ and will focus on skill building.

“A lot of the bloggers who end up as experts and as talking heads on TV need media training. We’re going to give them some journalism training. We’re going to go over a lot of items that are overlooked in the LGBT community. Basic journalist things like how to file a Freedom of Information Request,” said Bil Browning, founder and Publisher of the Bilerico Project.

Also on the agenda is Geek Tech — a look at what’s happening now in technology. “We’ll teach attendees the basics like how to put up a YouTube video. We’ll answer questions like how to do get the maximum impact from Twitter and other social media? We’ll instruct attendees on how to incorporate Instagram into reporting. We’ll also look at what may be next that you may not know about,” Browning said.

The event itself is by invitation only. A committee decides who is asked to come. Just about every major LGBT newspaper and blog is invited. “We also search for voices that aren’t being heard broadly. We try to bring their reporting in line with mainstream LGBT outlets. The same goes with journalists of color and trans journalists,” Browning told SFGN.

Still, journalists from around the country can participate. Forum attendees will report, blog, live stream, pin, tweet, etc., throughout the event. NLGJA members not attending are invited to follow the social media action, to take part in the conversation and learn as well. A Facebook page has been set up for the event. Follow #LGBTMedia14 to be part of the conversation.

The annual event is sponsored by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and this is the fifth year. Last year’s event was held in Philadelphi.

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