NAREE's Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

To come to NAREE's June Austin Conference follow the 3 steps below that apply to you:


1. Pay your 2019 dues (if you haven't already - does not apply to speakers). Click on the Join/Renew Tab or Join NAREE – CLICK HERE

2. After your 2019 dues are paid, Download the 2019 Austin Conference Spring Registration Form.  NAREE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – CLICK HERE (Applies to all. – Speakers must fill out the registration form, but do not have pay registration fees if they are not attending the full conference.)

3a. Industry Associate Members and Speakers: please make your hotel reservation directly with the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel at the special NAREE conference rate of $199.  The $199 NAREE conference rate represents a discount of at least $100 nightly. ASSOCIATES – CLICK HERE

3b. Media Members Only: please make your hotel reservation directly with the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel at the special $159 media only rate: MEDIA ONLY – CLICK HERE

NAREE hotel room block rates are subject to expire on  May 15, 2019.  The Hyatt may extend the rate at its discretion. But don't count on it. Austin is a tight hotel market.

Those who register for the NAREE Conference after May 15 may not have their names published in the Austin Conference Program book in the Conference Pre-registrant section.

On-site NAREE conference registration is only available on a space available basis. Call or text: 561-391-1983 before you make plans to make sure registration is still available.

 Questions/problems with registration or membership — contact the NAREE office. Email: or text/voicemail: 561-391-1983.  


NAREE Heads to Austin June 26-29, 2019 for its 53rd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

NAREE 2018 President Dion Haynes, Washington Post real estate editor, announced that the National Association of Real Estate Editors will host its 53rd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Austin, Texas from June 26 to June 29 at the Hyatt Regency Austin on Lady Bird Lake. Haynes made the announcement last year at the conclusion of NAREE's Las Vegas conference in June.
NAREE’s 2019 Austin conference location promises a first-hand look at off-the-grid green building juxtaposed with towering downtown redevelopment and its ensuing challenges.
The Hyatt Regency Austin overlooks the city’s skyscrapers and is just 30 steps from the 10-mile hiking trail that encircles the lake. NAREE’s HQ hotel also offers boating, swimming and myriad other health and fitness options. Conferees can also walk to Austin’s famous “Bat Bridge’ at sunset or head to nearby South Congress' fun and funky dining and shopping haunts, downtown, Rainey Street or Sixth Street. 
NAREE University’s peer-to-peer skill-building journalism workshops will be offered at breakfast and lunch each day of the confab.  Journalists covering commercial and residential real estate will also hear about future trends and can compare data analytics from economists, industry analysts, developers, builders, brokers and others in panel sessions moderated by NAREE’s award-winning leaders. 
NAREE’s 69h annual real estate journalism awards will be presented on Friday, June 28 at the Hyatt. NAREE will curate a cutting-edge real estate tour of Austin and nightly networking receptions will round out the program of events. NAREE’s 2019 Austin conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 and concludes on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.
Austin Conference Tentative Agenda --

Check for Agenda Updates here on • Schedule subject to change - Note: not all NAREE functions are on the same floor; check below for exceptions.

Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel

Green Room - Speaker Ready Room • Wed - Fri -  Texas 6, second floor

Cyber Cafe - Press Room • Wed - Fri -  Texas 5, second floor

Zen Tea - Quiet Press Room • Wed - Fri -  Texas 7, second floor

Wednesday • June 26 (All sessions in Texas Ballrooms 1-3, second floor unless indicated below. Tour is off-site.) 

 8:30 AM  Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up – Texas Ballroom 1-3 Foyer, second floor

 8:30 AM  Welcome Breakfast & NAREE University: The World Is Your Newsroom

 9:30 AM  Opening Address:

 10:00AM  Welcome to Austin

 10:30 AM Morining sessions continue

NOON       Lunch & NAREE University: Being Eye-Catching

 1:05 PM   Speaker

 1:40 PM   Trends

 2:40 PM   Analytics  

 3:15 PM   Trends

 4:00 PM   Analytics

 5:00 PM   Opening Reception - Southwest Bistro, second floor, overlooking Lady Bird Lake and downtown

 6:05 PM to 8:00 PM  All Aboard NAREE Tour: TBA

 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM  President's Hospitality Suite (Suite number at registration desk) Hors d'oeuvres and libations with great company.  The NAREE Suite is NAREE's best-loved and longest-standing tradition.  Be a part of it! 

Thursday • June 27 (All sessions are in Texas Ballrooms 1-3, second floor. Tour is off-site.)

 8:30 AM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up -- Texas Ballroom 1-3 Foyer

 8:00 AM   NAREE University Breakfast: Deal With It!

 9:00 AM  Sessions continue

12:00 PM  Lunch & NAREE University:New Media Species

 1:05 PM  Disruptors

 2:05 PM   Trends

 3:05 PM   Symposium 

 4:00 PM   Analytics

 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM  Throwback Thursday Reception  - Texas Ballroom Foyer, second floor 

 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM  NAREE Special Event TBA

 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM President's Hospitality Suite -  (Suite number at registration desk) Hors d'oeuvres and libations with great company.  The NAREE Suite is NAREE's best-loved and longest-standing tradition. Be a part of it!

Friday • June 28 • Awards Day (All sessions in the are in the Texas Ballrooms 1-3, second floor unless indicated below.)

 8:00 AM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up - Texas Ballroom 1-3 Foyer, second floor

 8:00 AM NAREE University Breakfast: Striking Gold - Mining Public databases

 8:50 AM Trends 

 9:50 AM Outlook.

10:45 AM  Mid-Year Economic Forecast 

NOON       NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Luncheon & Awards Presentation -  Foothills II meeting room, 17th Floor

1:10 PM   Trends

1:45 PM   Spotlight

2:40 PM   Analytics

3:45 PM    NAREE’s Meet the Press - Zilker Ballroom 1, first floor

6:15 PM    Journalists Red Carpet Reception - Foothills II, 17th floor

7:00 PM  to 9:00 PM  69th Annual NAREE Journalism Competition Awards Presentation and Reception -- Award Presentation NAREE President, NAREE Vice President and NAREE Chairman of the Board - Texas Ballroom, second floor

Saturday • June 29 (Both sessions: Upstairs 17th floor in the Foothills II meeting room.

 8:30 AM    NAREE University Breakfast: Saturday Morning Review of Award Winning Work  with top journalist winners of NAREE's 69th Annual Competition - Foothills II, 17th floor

 9:30 AM    General Membership Meeting -- NAREE President - Foothills II, 17th floor

10:00 AM   Conference Ends.

AUSTIN 2019 NAREE University: Professional Development To Be Your Best You

By Catie Dixon, Bisnow Managing Editor NAREE Vice President

Journalism is becoming faster, more competi- tive and more tense, and so many reporters and editors these days have half an eye on layoffs. It’s more important than ever to keep your skills up and harder than ever to keep your stress down. NAREE University is coming to the rescue.

As this year’s dean of NAREE University, I've curated a professional development curriculum you don’t want to miss.

Peer-led NAREE University sessions will equip journalists to deal with changes in the news industry and produce higher-quality news report. Panels will address working remotely, digging into public documents, identifying the best visuals for stories and more. Office Hours, a new mentorship program at the NAREE con- ference, will allow attendees to get individual or small-group guidance on challenges they face.

And because a world gone mad means you need to slow down, we’re introducing Energize, a guided activity where we can shake off the stresses of the job and learn coping mechanisms for when the newsroom gets extra intense.

NAREE’s Meet the Press in Austin

By NAREE Sue Doerfler, NAREE Past President, Meet the Press Chair, and former award-winning journalist wth the Arizona Republic 

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.

This event, now in its 23rd year, promises 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 28, at approximately 3:45 p.m. Conference registrants can sign up for a series of three-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. You can only sign up for NAREE's Meet the Press at the NAREE Conference.

         Tips for public relations professionals:

  • Before you sign up for an appointment, do your homework. Make sure it’s a good match. If your want to talk about residential real estate, don't sign up for a meeting with reporters who cover ONLY commercial real estate. Get to know the media outlet and the work of the individual by checking online ahead of time.  Meet the Press isn't until Friday, June 28  so you have time to re-check info about reporters even after you arrive.

  • 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. Be sure to have an online link to your information to text the journalist you are meeting with if possible.  Not everyone wants a flash drive.

  • Check the Meet the Press Sign-up 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.