Speakers Corner

The 2020 National Convention in Chicago will be here before we know it and we are so excited that you’ll be joining us as a speaker.

The deadline to submit a session proposal has passed. Selected workshop coordinators will be notified in early Spring.

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists plans to provide over 30 workshop opportunities to over 450 conference attendees at its 2020 National Convention in Chicago. 

National Convention breakout sessions are 60 minutes. Time adjustments can be made in exceptional circumstances.

If your presentation proposal is accepted, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists will contact you in early Spring to confirm speakers, their bios, head shots and other requirements for the session. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists reserves the right to combine panels, assign speakers or affix sponsorships and will inform you as such as soon as possible.

If you’ve been schedule to speak, you will receive an email confirmation with details about the time and speaking location. Please make sure to arrive at a minimum 15 minutes prior to your schedule event and check in at the Convention Registration Desk.

All Speakers Must Register by Monday, September 7
Convention Speakers receive a complimentary One-Day Only registration for the day of their speaking session. You will receive an email confirmation for the day of your registration. If you would like to attend additional convention days, we offer a discounted Speaker Registration rate for $295. Please fill out the registration form to take advantage of the discount. Please let us know if you plan to attend just your session, one-day only, or the full convention.

Online speaker registration ends Monday, September 7, 2020.

Not a member of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists?

Think about becoming one. Membership dues help offset some of the costs of convention, it helps strengthen the viability and visibility of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists and shows your support of this great group of LGBTQ media professionals. Even if you do not identify – allies are always welcome!

Join NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Today!

Please Submit: Biographic Information and Headshots by June 1
All speakers must submit biographic information to Convention@nlgja.org. Please include:

  • Bio (Up to 200 words)
  • Headshot (Print Quality, minimum 2″ x “3, 300 dpi)
  • Professional Title
  • Affiliation / Website
  • Twitter Handle or other Social Media Links

Sponsored Panels
Some sessions at the the 2020 NLGJA National Convention may be sponsored. If your panel is sponsored, the national office staff will be in contact with the panel moderator about any specifics.

Please note: Any and all panel, workshop and plenary sponsorships must be arranged in advance by the national office. A few words of recognition of an employer and/or project is permissible, but additional recognitions or lengthy remarks about a company or organization may interfere with existing sponsorship commitments and hamper NLGJA’s fundraising efforts. For more information please contact Executive Director Adam Pawlus at adam@nlgja.org.

Audio Visual Equipment
Most, but not all rooms come equipped with a projector. Speakers and microphones are not planned in any of the breakout sessions. If you have questions about the A/V provided, please contact Convention@nlgja.org.

You will need to supply the following:

  • Laptop Computer
  • Demonstration Equipment

Wi-Fi Connections
Wi-fi connects are available throughout the host hotel. Access to an internet connect is based on usage so access cannot be guaranteed at all times. Please make a backup should you plan to use an internet during your presentation.

  • Please make sure to download all presentation materials prior to your session. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists cannot guarantee internet access for any presentation.
  • Remote or Skyped speakers should not be planned and may not be accessible during the convention.

If you do require internet for your presentation, please contact Convention@nlgja.org with your request for dedicated access.

The Drake
The 2020 NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists National Convention hotel is the Drake Hotel. Please make your reservations prior to August 15, 2020 in order to secure your room.

Printed Materials
We encourage you to go green at the 2020 NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists National Convention. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists will not print copies of handouts or materials for your breakouts or panels. We can make downloadable content available from the online convention program. Please provide materials by September 10, 2020.

If you would like to provide printed materials, expect between 30-50 attendees in each breakout session and up to 350 attendees in each plenary. 

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists does not validate parking at the Drake Hotel. Speakers are responsible for their own parking costs.