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Countdown to #MVJ2021 .

The #MVJ2021 Annual Convention is the preeminent experience for the journalism world to get #MoreVetsInNews.

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This event is being held virtually so you can watch from anywhere. Make sure to install Zoom first to join the sessions.

Please Note: All times are in EST (Eastern Standard Time)

Oct. 21, 2021

Day 1

5:00 PM - 5:05 PM

WELCOME SPEECH
by Zack Baddorf from MVJ

5:05 PM - 5:20 PM

KEYNOTE SPEECH
by Jake Tapper from CNN

5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

KEYNOTE PANEL
with Brianna Keilar,
Paul Szoldra,
Ron Nixon
and LaSharah Bunting
moderated by Priya Sindhar

6:00 PM - 6:02 PM

SPECIAL REMARKS
with Rye Barcott of With Honor 

6:02 PM - 6:20 PM

MVJ AWARDS
Volunteer of the Year
Mentor of the Year
Salute to Excellence

6:20 PM - 6:50 PM

VETERAN SHOWCASE
by Reynolds Journalism Institute

6:50 PM - 7:00 PM

CONCLUDING REMARKS
by Russell Midori from MVJ

Oct. 22, 2021

Day 2

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

NEW TOOLS FOR JOURNALISTS
by Mary Nahorniak from Google News Initiative

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

NEW MODELS OF JOURNALISM
by Jeff Jarvis from CUNY

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NONPROFIT NEWS PANEL
by Institute for Nonprofit News

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

FOR EMPLOYERS: RECRUITING VETS
by Disabled American Veterans

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

STANDING OUT IN THE MEDIA JOB MARKET
by Washington Post

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

CAREER FAIR
by DAV

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MEDICAL REPORTING
Mola Lenghi of CBS News interviews American Medical Association President Dr. Gerald Harmon, a retired major general

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
by Chris Halsne from American University

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

HAPPY HOUR
Presented by Knight Foundation
Welcome Remarks by Jim Brady

Speakers

From emerging voices to seasoned newsroom leaders, these speakers have plenty to say at #MVJ2021

Brianna Keilar is anchor of CNN’s morning show “New Day,” airing Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 a.m. Previously, Keilar was anchor of “CNN Right Now,” which aired weekdays at 1 p.m. and included reporting on the day’s biggest […]

CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper anchors a two-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013. He has hosted CNN’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015. He presently serves on the advisory […]

Jim Brady, who joined Knight Foundation in 2021, is a digital media innovator whose experience ranges from leading major brands such as washingtonpost.com and Digital First Media to starting a company that built local news sites in three cities. Brady […]

LaSharah S. Bunting is Vice President and Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster. She previously served as the Director/Journalism at Knight Foundation where she managed a portfolio of grants and initiatives focused on advancing organizational transformation and diversity in journalism. […]

Paul Szoldra is a reporter and editor focused on national security issues, military service members, and veterans. He has served as the editor in chief of Task & Purpose since 2018, and has bylines at Business Insider, Tech Insider, We […]

Priya Sridhar is an Emmy-award winning political reporter and host of “Politically Speaking,” a weekly political show that airs on Sundays on NBC 7. She comes to NBC San Diego from KPBS where she worked as a general assignment reporter […]

Ron Nixon is the global investigations editor for the Associated Press, where he oversees teams of reporters around the world and infuses the AP’s global news report with accountability reporting and a strong investigative ethos. Nixon joined the AP in […]

Russell Midori is a news photographer and editor for WPIX channel 11 in New York City and a documentary filmmaker for Drum Circle Media. He has produced prime-time documentaries, features, and breaking news for CBS News in Iraq, Kurdistan, Korea, […]

Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a movement to elect a cross-partisan coalition of post-9/11 veterans who can help break down divisions and fix America’s broken politics. Barcott served previously in the US Marine Corps and co-founded […]

Zack Baddorf is a journalist and filmmaker with more than 15 years of experience producing award-winning stories from more than 30 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, and Kashmir, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I can't attend a session?

We really want you here for these live sessions, but you may email [email protected] to request video of a missed session.

How can I join Military Veterans in Journalism?

Click the link below to see if you’re eligible to join:

Become a Member

When and where is MVJ 2021 convention this year?

MVJ will celebrate its first annual convention on Oct. 21 and 22 this year. It will be held virtually on Zoom so you can attend from any place with an internet connection. Bookmark this page http://2021.mvj.network. Please email us at [email protected] for any questions about this convention or for future partnerships.

What website is hosting the 2021 MVJ Convention?

You must access the webpage http://2021.mvj.network, which you should bookmark right away. Make sure you download Zoom in advance so you can join in.

How do I become an MVJ mentor?

Click this link mvj.network/mentor

What does it cost to attend this convention?

Tickets are free for MVJ members, and cost $40 for non-members. Thanks to a generation donation from JMA Solutions, 200 tickets are offered free to the public. RSVP here!

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