The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), are using the political atmosphere of Washington D.C., combined with the upcoming elections, to not only enable media professionals to enhance their skills in print, broadcast and digital news coverage, but also to strengthen the Black and Brown vote, according to a convention executive.

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Media professionals line up at registration booths at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Northwest D.C. to network with colleagues and receive information at the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ convention. The convention will run until Aug. 7. (Photo by LaTrina Antoine)

The joint convention, themed “One Mission, Driving Innovation,” began on Aug. 3 and will run to Aug. 7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Highlights of the convention include a discussion on race on Aug. 4, an address by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Aug. 5, a Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on Aug. 6 as well as workshops that will teach participants how to expand their skill sets. The awards gala will honor professional and collegiate journalism that best covered the Black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide Black community during 2015.

“We hope [the convention] will be a great spirit of networking [and] opportunity of training for our membership,” Drew Berry, NABJ executive consultant told the AFRO on Aug. 2.

In addition to the workshops, luncheons and galas offered at the convention, a career fair consisting of more than 105 companies, organizations and academic institutions, including all the major media companies will also be offered.

Berry said more than 3,000 participants have already registered to attend the convention.

Registration is still available onsite for media professionals who which to attend the convention. Membership in NABJ or NAHJ is not required.

To see a full list of scheduled events visit nabjnahj.com.