NAREE President's Letter

Dion Haynes, Washington Post

NAREE’s 2018 Leaders to Aim for Avenues to Promote High Caliber Journalism

Fake news. These days journalism – and those who produce it – are being attacked on several fronts.

News organizations large and small are doing lots of soul searching to combat the attacks while raising standards to ensure journalists' work stands up to the heightened scrutiny.

NAREE is no different. Of course, our annual contest and conference sessions are designed to promote and encourage high-quality journalism. But board members have been discussing other ways to highlight rigorous reporting standards and build credibility in our journalist members.

Several ideas are under review. We hope to have our work complete and be ready to make some announcements at the June conference. What I can share with you now is we've enlisted Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism to judge our annual contest. Northwestern, one of the top journalism schools in the nation, will give our contest even more validity than it already has.

One area I'd like to focus on this year is highlighting the tremendous talent we have in NAREE. We are in good hands. Not only do we have a fantastic and dedicated executive director in Mary Doyle-Kimball, but we have highly accomplished new leaders who were recently elected to our board: 

Beth DeCarbo, vice president, is deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's Mansion section.

Alice Muncaster, second vice president, is director of communications for The Counselors of Real Estate and a former Associated Press reporter.

Jason Hidalgo, treasurer, is an economic development reporter for the Reno Gazette- Journal.

Shonda Novak, secretary, is a real estate writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

Jeff Ostrowski, active director, is a real estate and economic development reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida.

Lorraine Woellert, active director, is a housing and financial services policy reporter for POLITICO.

Scott Trubey, active director, is the commercial real estate and economic development reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Michael Walsh, associate director, is founder and publisher of The Real Reporter and

I'm real estate editor at The Washington Post. (See full board list in About Us.)

This year, I'd like us to find a way to draw more attention to members who are past contest winners. A Grammy or Oscar winner is always identified as such. Maybe we could do something similar. For instance, in introducing moderators and panelists we could refer to them as multiple gold winner John Smith. I think it's important to identify these people so that they can serve as role models for our younger and newer members.

I encourage everyone to familiarize yourself with each other's work. Feel free to reach out to our members with expertise in the type of reporting that you might need help in.

I'd also like to see us look out for one another more. If you're a plugged in member, try to befriend a newcomer. If you're a newcomer, don't hesitate to network with and seek mentoring from our longer-time members. This is a friendly organization and you'll develop great friendships here.

Lastly, we want you to know that we're here to serve you. If you have any questions or ideas for sessions, speakers or topics please let us know. Feel free to contact Mary at or me at

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Boston, Las Vegas, and Austin!


More on NAREE's 2019 Austin  Conference HERE

Send Us Your Best Work 

         Submissions for NAREE’s 69th annual journalism contest are due by March 1, and we’ll announce the winners on June 28 in Austin. The competition features more than 90 awards for reporting, writing and editing. Enter your best residential, commercial or business real estate stories online.

         Need an additional incentive, beyond the recognition? We’ll give out cash prizes to the top award winners in 32 categories. There also are banner awards for the best overall entry, the best freelance collection and the best young journalist.

More on our Annual Journalism Competition HERE