Passport gives $1,000 reason to explore Detroit

The historic Motown Museum, nicknamed Hitsville USA, is on the list of 10 sites convention-goers can visit to complete their Detroit Passport. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE/NABJ Monitor

By ARIELLE BRUMFIELD
NABJ Monitor

DETROIT — If you’re between visiting panels and navigating the career fair, consider putting some stamps on your passport – your NABJ Detroit Passport.

The Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists has partnered with the City of Detroit to create the passport.

The Detroit Passport is part tourism guide, part sweepstakes. The program was developed to encourage tourists to see local attractions while they experience the city’s history and rich culture.

The passport advertises 10 iconic locations in the city that NABJ convention-goers can use as a resource to guide them during their free time.

Convention-goers who use the passport have a chance to win $1,000. Those who get at least five of the 10 stamps in the passport can submit it to the NABJ Swag Area by 2 p.m. Aug. 4 to enter.

Winners of the Detroit Passport competition will be announced Saturday night during the Salute to Excellence Gala.  

The idea for the Detroit Passport came from Rochelle Riley, honorary chair of this year’s convention and a member of NABJ’s Detroit Chapter.

As someone who adopted Detroit as her hometown after living in the area  for 17 years, Riley said she wants convention-goers to “experience my Detroit.”

Riley, a columnist at the Detroit Free Press, said she remembers “coming to these cities for the convention and feeling like I couldn’t experience the city.” She hopes future NABJ host cities continue the passport program.

Registrants can get their passports from the Detroit Chapter’s swag table outside the Ambassador Ballroom.

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