Unity Selects Chicago for 2008 Convention

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By: E&P Staff

Unity: Journalists of Color Inc., which assembled the largest ever gathering of journalists in Washington, D.C., last summer, announced over the weekend that it will hold its 2008 joint conference of black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American journalists in Chicago.

Unity’s board of directors “voted overwhelmingly” to hold the convention — set for July 23-27, 2008 — at the McCormick Place convention center, according to a statement from the group.

Chicago won over Boston and Washington, D.C., which also made formal presentations to the board during the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) convention in Fort Worth, Texas, last week. NAHJ is one of four minority journalists associations that make up Unity. The others are the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA); National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).

Boston was selected as an alternative city if Unity fails to reach a final agreement with Chicago convention bureau and hotel officials.

“We had strong presentations from each of the three cities, and greatly appreciate the interest and efforts of Boston and Washington,” UNITY President Mae Cheng, an assistant city editor at Newsday in New York, said in a statement. “Now we look forward to having a tremendous and successful convention in Chicago that will have great impact on our industry and society.”

More than 8,100 alliance members met for Unity 2004 last summer in Washington at what was the largest gathering of journalists in U.S. history. About 6,000 journalists met at the two previous joint conventions, in Atlanta in 1994 and in Seattle in 1999.

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