52nd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

Las Vegas, Nevada - June 13-16, 2018 at Planet Hollywood

NAREE's Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference runs June 13-16 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

When available in late Fall 2017, you will be able to Click HERE to download the 2018 Las Vegas Spring Conference Registration Form – (Scroll down to see the conference schedule, where to mail packages, and for more information on NAREE University and NAREE's Meet the Press.)

NAREE will be announcing great hotel rates on a Las Vegas strip hotel by the end of summer.



Important information for All Conferees:
To attend the NAREE Conference in Las Vegas everyone must complete these three steps:
1. Pay your 2018 dues (if you haven’t already).
2. Register with NAREE for the 2018 Las Vegas Conference using the printable pdf. link which will be available  at the top of this page.
3. Reserve your Hotel in the NAREE room block at NAREE's Conference hotel headquarter.

If you cannot get a hotel room in the NAREE block, contact NAREE so we can help:  561-391-1983 (voice or text) or  nareeprograms@gmail.com.  

Please let us know if you live in the area or you’re staying with friends or family.


Mail packages to:
Name of Hotel Guest
c/o NAREE Meeting June 13-16

Hotel Street address

(Your own cell)

NAREE Las Vegas Conference Tentative Agenda as of 7/07/17

Check for Agenda Updates here on www.naree.org • Schedule subject to change

Green Room -- Speaker Ready Room -- 

Cyber Cafe Press Room  -- 

Zen Tea - Quiet Press Room -- 

Media Studio (Broadcast)  

Wednesday • June 13 (All sessions in the Ballroom) 

 8:30 AM  Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up -- Ballroom Foyer 

 8:30 AM  Welcome Breakfast & NAREE University:  

 9:15 AM   Opening Session

 9:50 AM    General Session

10:40 AM   General Session 

11:30 AM  Keynote Speaker

NOON       NAREE University Lunch: 

 1:05 PM    Keynote Speaker

 1:40 PM    General Session

 2:40 PM    General Session  

 3:35 PM    Keynote Speaker

 4:10 PM    General Session

 5:00 PM    Opening Reception

 6:05 to 8:00 Possible NAREE Tour: 

 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM President's Suite (Ask at NAREE's registration desk or Call 561-391-1983 for room number)


Thursday • June 14 (All sessions in the Ballroom)

 8:00 AM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up -- Ballroom Foyer

 8:00 AM   NAREE University Breakfast

 8:55 AM   General Session

 9:45 AM   General Session

10:20 AM  General Session

11:15 AM  Keynote Speaker

11:55 AM  General Session

 2:05 PM   Symposium

 3:05 PM   General Session

 4:10 PM  General Session

 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Throwback Thursday Reception -  

 6:05 to 8:00  Possible NAREE Tour: 

 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM President's Suite  (Ask at NAREE's registration desk or Call 561-391-1983 for room number)


Friday • June 15 (All sessions in the  Ballroom unless indicated below)

 8:00 AM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up - Ballroom Foyer

 8:00 AM NAREE University Breakfast: 

 8:55 AM General Session

 9:50 AM General Session

10:40 AM Mid-Year Economic Forecast

NOON      NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Luncheon - Award Presentation: NAREE President 

1:15 PM   General Session

1:50 PM    General Session

2:40 PM    General Session

3:45 PM    NAREE’s Meet the Press --

6:15 PM    Event TBA

7:00 PM  to 9:00 PM  68th Annual NAREE Journalism Competition Awards Presentation and Reception -- Award Presentation NAREE President, NAREE Vice President  and NAREE Chairman of the Board -- 


Saturday • June 16 (Both sessions: Ballroom) 

 8:30 AM    NAREE University Breakfast: Saturday Morning Review - The Anatomy of Award-Winning Stories 

 9:30 AM    General Membership Meeting -- NAREE President 

10:00 AM   Conference Ends


NAREE University: 2018 Sessions TBA -- Here is the 2017 Denver Curriculum to get an idea of the kinds of topics NU covers

By Dion Haynes, Washington Post and NAREE Vice President 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8:30 a.m. Merging Data and Narrative: This panel promises to give journalists the tools to capture readers with a narrative thread and drive home a stor y’s impor tance with numbers. The two elements – storytelling and data – are little without each other and veteran panelists will guide the audience in both basic data techniques while also helping attendees find the voice that’s more necessary than ever to reach readers.

The panel will be moderated by Mary Shanklin, senior reporter on the commercial real estate beat at the Orlando Sentinel who has won dozens of local, state and national journalism awards. Panelists include Sandra Fish, an independent data journalist primarily specializing in politics for New Mexico In Depth who’s also done work for Colorado Public Radio, Al Jazeera America and others; Tina Griego, managing editor of The Colorado Independ- ent who previously worked for the Rocky Mountain News, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post and Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune.


Noon Podcast Demystified: The panel will look at the rapidly expanding world of podcasts. You’ll learn how to create your own programming on this platform which has exploded in the past two years following the “Serial” podcast and is becoming the tool of choice by journalists and media outlets.

The panel will be moderated by Robyn A. Friedman, a Florida- based writer who freelances for The Wall Street Journal and who has practiced real estate law. Panelists include Nancy Sarnoff, real estate reporter and blogger at the Houston Chronicle; Joshua Dorkin, founder and CEO of Bigger Pockets; and Todd LaBorwit, a Washington, D.C.-area mortgage broker who has hosted a real estate podcast.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

8:00 a.m. Freelancer Inc.: The panel will look at how to organize your freelance business whether you’re doing it full-time or on the side. You’ll learn how to pitch stories to get more work, juggle assignments for multiple media outlets, organize your billing and tax operations and sustain your business year after year in good and bad markets.

The session will be moderated by Carisa Crawford Chappell, a freelance real estate writer for The Washington Post. Panelists include Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer for the New York Times; Marcie Geffner, who has written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times and Las Vegas Review Journal; Harvey Jacobs, a real estate lawyer and freelance columnist for The Washington Post and Suzann Silverman, Editorial Director: Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News.


11:55 a.m. New Media Species: The panel focuses on new real estate publications, online ventures, new trends in news packaging and entrepreneurship by journalists. With changes and cutbacks in the news industry, many journalists have left tradi- tional media outlets for new online publications. The panel will offer a primer on the new media landscape.

The session will be moderated by Ralph Bivins, founding editor of Realty News Report. Panelists include Alicia Wallace, who covers national marijuana policy and business at The Cannabist; Lorraine Woellert, housing reporter at Politico and Catie Dixon, managing editor at Bisnow.


Friday, June 16,2017

8 a.m. The panel will look at how to use social media and other tools to raise the profile of your work and yourself. You’ll learn how to expand your audience and parlay your real estate expertise into TV and radio appearances, syndication and books.

The panel will be moderated by NAREE past president Ellen James Martin, a nationally syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate. Panelists include Ilyce Glink, former TV reporter and writer of the syndicated Real Estate Matters column; Daniel DiClerico, digital content producer and spokesman at HomeAdvisor, former investigative reporter at Consumer Reports and author of “The Just Right Home;” and Michele Lerner, regular contributor to The Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Urban Land magazine and author of “Homebuying: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time.”


Saturday, June 17,2017

8:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Review: The Anatomy of Award-Winning Stories. Winners from Friday night’s NAREE’s 67th Annual Real Estate Journalism Awards program discuss their work. Moderator: NAREE Board Member Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette-Journal. Hidalgo, a former Fulbright scholar, has won numerous NAREE awards, including Best Investigative Report. Other panelists TBA.





Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO


NAREE’s Meet the Press in Las Vegas

By Sue Doerfler

NAREE Past President Meet the Press Chair

Where can reporters and editors get 10 to 20 potential story ideas in an hour? Where can publicists pitch their story ideas in person to a wide variety of publications in a short period of time? Where can columnists and freelancers consult with editors about their columns or learn more about what publications need in the way of information? Where can authors go to tell the media about their books?

NAREE’s Meet the Press

The event, now in its 22nd year, is a fun, fast-paced and informative opportunity for both Journalist and Industry members from around the country to meet at one time, under one roof. During this year’s event, which is slated for Friday, June 15, conference registrants can sign up for a series of 3-minute, one-on-one interviews with dozens of journalists who are participating. Sign-up sheets will be in the registration area the first three days of the conference.


         Tips for public relations professionals:

  • Before you sign up for an appointment, do your homework. Make sure it’s a good match. Get to know the media outlet and the work of the individual by checking online ahead of time.

  • Show off your new products, clients and projects to editors, writers and columnists.

  • Hand out flash drives filled with the information. These are lighter and less bulky than press kits for journalists to carry back home.

  • Check the registration sheets occasionally. Sometimes appointments are changed or canceled and you may be able to sign up for an unexpected opening. 

    Tips for journalists:

  • Come to Meet the Press at least 10 minutes early and find the table with your name on it.

  • Bring your laptop to show off your digital publication.

  • Don’t forget a stack of business cards, too.

    Tips for everyone:

      • Be sure to have fun. Meet the Press is a great way to meet other NAREE members.