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October 5th, 2023

Gannett / USA Today Newsroom Tour
Take a tour of the Gannett/USA TODAY office and network with top journalists and leaders.
1:00-3:00 PM
NBCUniversal Tour & Networking
Join fellow MVJ members for a tour of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and a networking opportunity with NBCUniversal.
3:00-5:00 PM
The Walton Family Welcome Reception
Our three-hour, open bar welcome reception will officially kick off MVJ2023 as the very first event held at the New York Athletic Club. Featuring speeches, networking, and high hopes for the opportunities ahead, you won't want to miss this opening event in NYAC's Legion Room!Sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation.
5:30-8:30 PM
Comedy Hour hosted by Jad Slay
A bunch of veterans will try to make you laugh to close out opening night of the convention. Check instagram for @jadslay to meet our MC.
9:00-10:00 PM


October 6th, 2023

Breakfast Buffet
Start your day energized as we prepare for a full day of networking and discussions about journalism.
8:00-10:00 AM
DAV Career Fair
Meet with recruiters from top news outlets and J-Schools to learn about employment and educational opportunities. Exhibitors include: Spectrum News, CNN, NBCUniversal, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Reynolds Journalism Institute, FOX, CBS News, and the House Office of Diversity & Inclusion.Sponsored by Disabled American Veterans.
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Raising the Voices of Military Spouses
The vast majority of Americans have no connection to a member of the nation’s all-volunteer force and, as a result, many newsrooms lack basic knowledge about the challenges and unique experiences of service members and their families. The stories we cover as journalists are often directly related to issues affecting the military community. Join a panel of top journalists and military spouses to discuss the push for more recruitment, awareness, and representation of military spouses in the nation's newsrooms.Sponsored by WBD Sports.
10:00-10:45 AM
NBCUniversal News Group: Creating Connection Between Viewers and Vets
The NBCUniversal News Group is thrilled to partner with the Military Veterans in Journalism organization to share the stories and experiences of our military veterans. Join this panel featuring some of NBCUniversal’s top journalists as they discuss their experiences bridging the gap between civilian news viewers and military veteran issues. Don't miss this engaging conversation on fostering greater connectivity and inclusivity in news reporting.
Sponsored by NBCUniversal.
10:45-11:45 AM
Workshop: Investigative Journalism with IRE
Join Adam Rhodes of IRE for an hour-long session on digital sleuthing!
11:45-12:45 PM
Lunch Buffet
Join us for the Day Two lunch buffet to enjoy some good food and network.
1:00-3:00 PM
Landing Your Dream Job in the News
Join us for an engaging and informative panel discussion on the art of getting hired in the fast-paced world of journalism. Seasoned journalists and industry experts will share their insights and practical advice on how to stand out, make connections, and secure a rewarding career in journalism.
2:00-2:45 PM
Shaping News Coverage of Disabilities
Delve into the critical topic of reporting on disabled veterans in this panel. Panelists will share their insights, experiences, and best practices in reporting on disability and disabled veterans.Sponsored by Disabled American Veterans.
3:00-3:45 PM
Behind the Lens: Exploring Documentary Journalism
Join us for a deep dive discussion into the world of documentary journalism and production. Discover the art of visual storytelling and the unique challenges faced by documentary filmmakers. Panelists will share their insights and experiences and talk about the impact of documentaries in shedding light on important issues and creating lasting change.
4:00-4:45 PM
Keynote Address
Hear from this year's Keynote Speaker, Barbara Starr! Starr is a renowned journalist, Emmy award winning producer, former CNN Pentagon correspondent, and current Senior Fellow at USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. She is also a member of MVJ's Advisory Board, working to support veterans in journalism across the country.
5:00-6:00 PM
Fireside Chat
Engage in a discussion about journalism with CeFaan Kim, an award-winning national broadcast journalist and former Army sergeant.
5:00-6:00 PM
NBC Documentary Dinner
Enjoy food, drinks and a documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Richard Lui, on the topic that affects 100 million Americans – mental health. Watch three families bravely turn the corner, showing us the power of relearning how to love.
6:00-8:00 PM


October 7th, 2023

Breakfast Buffet
Start your day energized as we prepare for a full day of networking and discussions about journalism.
8:00-10:00 AM
DAV Virtual Career Fair & In-Person Carriage Interviews
Interview with recruiters from top news outlets and J-Schools through our virtual platform.
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop: Training with API
This workshop will be led by the API team.
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Media Landscape
This panel brings together a diverse group of visionary leaders, trailblazers, and industry experts who are reshaping the future of journalism through entrepreneurial endeavors.
12:00-12:45 PM
John S. Knight Top 10 Veterans Award Luncheon
Join fellow attendees to celebrate the year's Top 10 Veterans in Journalism awardees over lunch.
Sponsored by the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford.
1:00-3:00 PM
Reynolds Spotlight on Veterans in Journalism
This panel will highlight some veterans doing amazing work in journalism. Panelists will talk about their experiences and how they got to where they are today.Sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
3:00-3:45 PM
Crafting Compelling Narratives: Bipartisan Reporting in the Halls of Congress
In a modern media environment that increasingly favors partisanship in coverage, being bipartisan in the storytelling process can be a challenge. Join some top veteran civic engagement advocates and military veteran journalists for this panel on working with Congress to produce unbiased reporting.Sponsored by With Honor Action.
4:00-4:45 PM
Empowering Narratives Through Photojournalism
Learn about photojournalism from some top journalists and members of the MVJ community. Also learn more about the "Photo Shoot-Off" contest during this panel. Winners will be announced by the end of the convention.
5:00-5:45 PM
Spectrum News Farewell Reception
Celebrate the end of this year's convention with a two-hour networking reception!
Sponsored by Spectrum News.
6:00-8:00 PM


October 8th, 2023

CBS Broadcast Center Tour
Take a tour with top journalists and leaders through the stories halls and control rooms of a legendary news network Sponsored by CBS News.
12:00 PM

Note: This schedule is subject to change. We recommend bookmarking this page for the latest schedule updates.

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With more than 120 protégés and nearly 200 professional journalists in the MVJ mentoring network, the program boasts an average goal completion of 70% and has led to new gigs and careers for many in our community. If you’re an MVJ member seeking guidance or a seasoned journalist looking to mentor another, sign up for an MVJ mentorship below!

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