Executive Director Notes

Since NAREE's Annual Conference was moved from it's originally scheduled June dates to September 23-26 due to the Covid-19 meeting and travel restrictions, NAREE President Catie Dixon created a roundtable series for members to connect in the interim. So far "NAREE University Live" has held two virtual roundtables for journalists covering residential and commercial real estate: "Story Selection Changed World" was held on Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 PM EDT in a Zoom room. "Doing Our Jobs in a Changed World" was held April 16 also at 7 PM.

In May, NAREE's Network connected on Coronavirus coverage challenges and lessons learned when:

• Dealing with the difficulty of not being able to plan ahead

• Trying to find unique angles when everyone is covering the same story

• Getting story ideas without informal meetings
 
During the May roundtable many journalists logged in early to enjoy social time thirty minutes before the roundtable and stayed afterwards to offer comments and questions. The April session centered on moving to a virtual newsroom.
  
Please go to NU Live on the home page for more details on this and prior web-based meetings and for information on future roundtables. 
 

NAREE's annual conference makes it easy to network with colleagues and to keep abreast of real estate industry trends and best practices for real estate journalism coverage.

Expect updates from real estate economists, CEOs, top home builders and brokers, and urban planners. Each NAREE conference also offers tours of real estate properties indicative of site-specific national trends.

NAREE University at the conference, is designed to provide peer-to-peer professional development.

NAREE's Journalism Competition and Bruss Book Awards are presented at the annual conference as well. Please pull down the Spring Conference tab to learn more about these programs and events and others like  the new mentoring program "Office Hours" and "NAREE's Meet the Press" a series of three-minute, one-on-one meetings with media members.

For those members who want to register now for the conference and make hotel reservations, a flexible cancellation policy has been put in place.  And for those who are waiting, NAREE has decades of experience helping journalists attend at the last-minute.  Please reach out to me at nareeprograms@gmail with questions or concerns at any time.

Please follow NAREE on Twitter (@NAREEnews), Instagram (instagram.com/NAREEnews), and Facebook (fb.com/NAREEnews). You can also connect with me on LinkedIn. Look for the latest news about NAREE including sneak peaks of upcoming NAREE events. I hope you'll “like" what you see.

Besides online connectors, NAREE puts out regular member e-blasts and the NAREE E-News, a print version of the NAREE News a couple of times a year, an annual network directory and an annual conference program book -- all available in digital editions. 

The NAREE News welcomes information on job changes and stories about how to cover housing and commercial real estate, and how to track down sources online. NAREE leaders write about news industry trends and tips to sharpen skills in all three of these publications.

As noted, NAREE membership is also about face-to-face contact, when possible. NAREE plans meetings in three different cities each year -- when members gather to cover industry events and during NAREE's own conference.

In the late Fall, NAREE holds its Board Installation and Leadership Awards Dinner at the Fall Summit as members meet to cover the National Association of Realtors Convention and Expo.  

You can also join us at NAREE Member Winter Hospitality Reception during the International Builders show for a snapshot of NAREE's latest programs and events and hear insights on home and design trends.

NAREE is an association of active members –– reporters, writers, columnists editors and producers working in the broad field of real estate --  including both staffers and freelancers working for bonafide news outlets. NAREE also offers associate membership to communications professionals and writers who work for association and industry publications.  To join today, please pull down the Join/Renew tab, on naree.org.

Questions -- or to receive a complimentary digital copy of the NAREE News, please contact me anytime at nareeprograms@gmail.com. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

Mary Doyle-Kimball
NAREE Executive Director and 1994 NAREE President