Top Journalists Unite at the 5th Annual LGBT Media Journalists Convening

Top Journalists Unite at the 5th Annual LGBT Media Journalists Convening

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It’s an invitation-only weekend…and The Seattle Lesbian has made the cut. Founder and publisher Sarah Toce will represent Seattle’s gay gals in Washington, D.C. during the 5th Annual LGBT Media Journalists Convening held Friday, February, 28 – Sunday, March 2, 2014.

“The convening brings together the top LGBT journalists and bloggers every year for a unique chance to network and improve their skills,” said Bil Browning, founder and publisher of the Bilerico Project. “Many of the bloggers, for example, don’t have the backing of a newsroom that can help them improve and allow them to meet other professionals. LGBT media isn’t a high paying industry either, so we make sure to pay for all of their expenses so we can make it available to as many of them as possible.”

A committee decides who is asked to join the invitation-only event. Major LGBT newspapers and blogs are invited to participate.

“Last year was the first time I attended the LGBT Media Convening and found the organizers were really striving to include more women, people of color and trans/genderqueer-identified media members and speakers,” said Trish Bendix, Managing Editor of AfterEllen.com. “I was so happy to be invited to be on the hosting committee this year because it gave me an opportunity to recommend women behind LGBT media sites and publications.  It might be a selfish pursuit as I want us all to get together in person and be able to talk shop, but I also think it’s a great opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.”

“This timely event would not be possible without the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and the Haas Jr. Fund,” said Toce. “This is The Seattle Lesbian’s first time at the table and we are thrilled to be a part of such a prestigious and passionate group of journalists. Let’s convene!”

The Seattle Lesbian is a daily online news magazine operating from offices in the Pacific Northwest, and reaching communities around the world. The Seattle Lesbian has changed the landscape of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life by providing thought-provoking content with substantial relevancy on various angles of discussion and advocacy.

The theme of this year’s weekend is “Honing Our Game.” The goal of the forum is to strengthen the capacity of LGBT members of the media and blogosphere to more deeply understand and more effectively communicate critical issues facing the LGBT community, as well as assist in increasing the presence and diversity of LGBT bloggers in the national blogging community.

“LGBT newspapers and blogs are not only critical sources of information for our community; they also play a critical role in driving public opinion and action,” said Matt Foreman, Director, Gay and Immigrant Rights Programs at the Haas Jr. Fund. “The annual convening of LGBT editors and bloggers gives these thought leaders a chance to get in-depth information about leading issues of the day, such as immigration reform, create and strengthen networks and talk about mutual challenges and opportunities. Through the convening, the Haas, Jr. Fund is privileged to be able to support these hard-working and under-compensated journalists.”

The convening will use an interactive approach to help attendees build their journalism skills, learn more about LGBT-centric topics beyond marriage equality and employment law and expand audiences through on-site media training with broadcast experts.

Fans and dedicated supporters of the journalists and news sites are invited to attend a meet-up at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Court NW, Washington, D.C. 20005) on the evening of Saturday, March 1, 2014. Direct event information is located here.

Attendees will report, blog, livestream, and tweet throughout event weekend. NLGJA members not attending are invited to follow the social media action, to join the conversation and learn as well. Follow #LGBTMedia14 to be a part of the conversation.

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