Monthly Archives: May 2010

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

  • Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click here. You can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.)
  • The Interactive Innovative blog posts about a series of multimedia training with Maine Media Training from now through Oct. 30.  Courses include Stills & Video for Multimedia; One-man Band; Intro to Web Design; and Audio Narrative.  For more information go to Maine Media Training.
  • Mashable is partnering with CNN to hold a Media Summit June 8 in New York City.  The summit will feature the intersection of social and digital media and lifestyle themes.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a Webinar — Credibility and Social Media in Your News Organization – June 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Among the questions covered: How do you decide who posts on your organization’s Facebook account? When should your newsroom use social media to collect information for stories? What personal conduct on social networks is appropriate for your staff? Can you have a policy that covers everything?
  • NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force co-chair Andrew Humphrey and member Michelle Ferrier are among those putting together the next Journalism That Matters conference, in Detroit June 3-6.  The conference theme is Help create communities that initiate, innovate and incubate.
  • The Birmingham Association of Black Journalists and the Online News Association will hold the Parachute Training Initiative June 5 in Birmingham.  The partners will offer a full day of free, intensive hands-on multimedia training.
  • Web Worker Daily is sponsoring FreelanceCamp PRO in San Francisco June 5.  FreelanceCamp PRO is a BarCamp-style “unconference” for freelancers that will offer a series of participatory workshops, with all the content provided by the attendees themselves.
  • The Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery will be at the Studio in Central Birmingham, Ala., on June 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The surgery will offer friendly advice on using social media.
  • June 9 is the deadline to apply for the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowships. The free professional development opportunity offers nine daylong monthly seminars – all on the record – delivering fresh sources, up-to-the-minute methods and surefire strategies for developing story ideas.  This Washington insider education is supplemented with an introduction to new media skills training that will help reporters reach new audiences, and make them more valuable to their news organizations.
  • Digital Capital Week, a free festival focused on technology and social media, is being held in Washington, D.C., June 11-20.  A panel event hosted by USA Today, looking at real and tactical ways news and media organizations are using social media to share content, engage readers and get results. Moderated by Carlos Roig, VP of Digital Media Strategy at Home Front Communications. Panelists: Andy Carvin – Senior Strategist for National Public Radio’s Social Media Desk; Robert Michael Murray – VP of Social Media for National Geographic; and Benet Wilson – Online Managing Editor for Aviation Week’s Business Aviation and Co-Chair of the National Association for Black Journalist’s Digital Journalism Task Force.
  • The deadline to submit an application for the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism is June 11.  The awards honor novel efforts that actively involve people in public issues, supply entry points that invite their participation, sit their imagination, and meet their information needs in creative ways.
  • How Journalism Will Survive The Internet Age is the title of a conference being held by the FTC June 15 in Washington, D.C.
  • The Blogging While Brown conference will be held in Washington, D.C. June 18-19. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate conversations that lead to collaboration and innovation among bloggers of color, African American bloggers in particular.
  • The John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors are holding a conference entitled “The Future of Freelancing: Redefining Journalism. Reinventing Yourself” June 18-19 at Stanford University.
  • The Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding a congress entitled “From Blueprint to Building: Making the Market for Digital Information” June 23-23 in Columbia, Mo. The event is designed to consider establishing a non-profit collaborative that will specify standards, platforms and protocols for a digital information marketplace; supporting investment and partnering with operating companies.
  • The Bulldog Reporter is holding its Media Relations Summit June 29 in New York City. Attendees will discuss the future of PR, Media, Journalism and Social Network marketing.
  • The Digital Journalist has released its workshops — The New Platypus DSLR Video Journalism, Multimedia and Filmmaking Workshops for 2010. Workshops will be held in Prague, Czech Republic July 9-18; and Rockport, Maine, July 25-August 3 at the Maine Media Workshops.
  • July 12 is the deadline to apply for the Associated Press Managing Editors’ 2010 APME Journalism Excellence Awards. The awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers and online news sites across the United States and Canada. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is well written and incisively reported and that effectively challenges the status quo.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding an online group seminar – Headlines That Work – July 12-Aug. 6.  Participants will learn about the different information needs and habits of these audiences and how to write headlines that will help engage readers on any platform.  The cost is $399.00
  • The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute is offering three Multimedia Boot Camps for Journalism Professionals and Educators.  They are scheduled for Aug. 2-6, Aug. 11-15 and Nov. 17-21 at the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn.  The cost is $850. The deadline to apply for the Aug. 2-6 boot is July 16 and July 23 for the Aug. 11-15 boot camp.
  • BusinessJournalism.org is holding a free Webinar, “How to be an entrepreneur as a business journalist” Aug. 9-13.  The weeklong Webinar, which teaches how to use your skills to make a living outside mainstream media, will be taught by freelancer and National Association of Black Journalists member Maya Smart and “Ask-the Recruiter” blogger Joe Grimm will teach the five-hour course.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding a seminar – Multimedia Storytelling With Video – Sept. 20-24.  Tuition is $995, and applications are due Aug. 9.
  • Registration is now open for the Online News Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30.

If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at regaviationqueen AT yahoo DOT com.  Thanks!

Friday Fast Five

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

  1. 10000 Words — 15 Awesome interactive maps from the New York Times
  2. Mashable — HOW TO: Clean Up Your Facebook Profile
  3. Teaching Online Journalism — 7 examples of exceptional Flash packages
  4. MakeUseOf — Manage Your Blogs & Social Media Accounts with Postling
  5. Multimedia Shooter — ShowCase: Create a slideshow in the palm of your hand. Demo and Sample

NABJDigital Profiles Marian Anderson of Haute Travels Blog

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group\

In my day job, I write about the airline/aviation business.  I also have a personal blog where I post about travel and I contribute to the I’m Black & I Travel blog.  I’ve also developed a nice travel following on my @AvWeekBenet and @benetwilson Twitter accounts.

Marian Anderson

And it was on Twitter where I discovered the Haute Travels blog, written by Marian Anderson. Her blog covers two of my favorite things, so I though it would be fun to speak with her.  But a great discovery for me was finding out Anderson had reinvented her career after 10 years in broadcast journalism, most recently at the FOX Network in Chicago as a regional producer.  We talk with Anderson about her transition, her blog and creating a job you love.

NABJDigital: Where are some of the media outlets where you worked?

Marian Anderson: I started out as a news writer, and most of my career was in Chicago at WFLD-TV as a writer. I then moved to FOX News Channel as a regional producer, where I decided what would be of interest in the state or across the country.  I was in TV for 10 years.

I left because I wasn’t enjoying the work anymore.  For years, I worked nights, doing the evening news.  There would be plays right across the street at the Chicago Theater and I felt like life was passing me by.  On my days off, I was sleeping. I missed being out and about with people.  I didn’t want to be in the news business anymore.  But I wanted to take those skills and my personality and move to public relations and strategic communications.

I’m solo now, but I worked for two advertising agencies — E Morris Communications as a medial relations consultant and Burrell Communications as a PR strategist.  In those jobs I worked with clients including Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, McDonald’s, Walmart and Allstate Insurance.

Now, I’ve gone a step further by becoming a speechwriter.  My current client is the CEO of the Chicago Urban League.  Speechwriting is another way to use my writing and communications skills.  I was also PR director for the Salvation Army in Chicago.

ND: How did the idea for the Haute Travels blog come about?

MA: When I left news, I wanted to write about things I like to do — shopping, travel and spas. A friend told me about a magazine for affluent black women, and saw that the spa section needed worked.  I pitched them a Chicago spa story and shopping in Paris, and that’s how I started writing about travel in 2006.  Last fall, I went to the Blogalicious conference and people told me to start blogging.  I was also encouraged by Natalie McNeal, aka Frugalista. So I went to Blogspot and set it up six months ago.

ND: What are your favorite types of stories to post?

MA: All my posts are based on things I do. I’m an inquisitive type, so I like to travel, but I also like fashion, the beauty of fashion and what’s in beauty bags.  People ask me questions like `what kind of sunscreen do you use’ or `I’m going to Miami, what hotel do you recommend?’  People thought I was a travel expert and I became one because people told me I was.  Even now, I have 1592 followers on Twitter and they ask me about all things travel.  People are doing research (and they come to me as a resource like Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green’s wife Jewell Green.

ND: How important is social media for what you do?

MA: Twitter is a PR tool for me.  It gives people direct access to what you’re doing. It also allows you to tap into groups that you otherwise would not have access to.  Extra TV follows me. Spencer Pratt from The Hills follows me.  Because of Twitter, I’ve had people see my blog ask to contact me and interview me for travel trips.  A South Florida newspaper interviews me for travel tips.  Social media is a great marketing tool.  I hear from PR firms, hotels and convention and visitors bureaus.  It’s a blessing and a curse.  I send out tweets for travel tips and got an invite to Disney and to France.  I also get products to test and write about them all the time.  When I was in Chicago, a local spa called me because they wanted to test travel-ready hair, and they had a treatment they wanted me to try.

ND: How do you financially sustain the blog?

MA: Initially, people think they can make money. But once you take ads, people think they can control what you write and that is unacceptable for me.  My blog is not an advertisement platform.  But if it’s a brand I like, I’ll write about it.

ND: What advice would you give to journalists interested in pursuing their own blogs?

MA: Change, and figure out what you love among your skills. I love writing and found that I could use that.  I did freelancing, then PR, consulting and speechwriting.  My vice president at a PR firm decided a client needed a speech and said I could do it and she was right.

When it comes to blogging, just do it.  You can always course correct. My blog is organic.  I keep it simple.  My blog is about things I do, but I try not to insert myself into it.  I use professional photos that are ready to go.  I hate looking at blogs that are badly written with bad photos.  And buy your name at GoDaddy.com.

Startups: Get Your Product Featured on the Mashable Blog

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

I have the Mashable blog on my Google Reader.  I find it offers a wealth of information, products, tips and tricks in the wild and wonderful world of social media.  One of my favorite features is “Spark of Genius,” which exposes startup products to millions of Mashable readers.  Some of the items I’ve tried out include:

And now Mashable wants to feature  your Spark of Genius idea.  They’re looking for apps, websites, tools, software and programs that fit within one of its  channels: social media, tech, entertainment, web video, mobile, etc.  Click here for more information — and good luck!!

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

  • Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click here. You can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.)
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a Webinar — Developing a Mobile Site: Tips and Techniques – May 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Learn about different strategies and processes you can use in deciding what will work for you.
  • The Interactive Innovative blog posts about a series of multimedia training with Maine Media Training from now through Oct. 30.  Courses include Stills & Video for Multimedia; One-man Band; Intro to Web Design; and Audio Narrative.  For more information go to Maine Media Training.
  • Mashable is partnering with CNN to hold a Media Summit June 8 in New York City.  The summit will feature the intersection of social and digital media and lifestyle themes.
  • The National Newspaper Association of America Foundation has set a May 25 deadline to apply for its Minority Fellowship program.  The program is designed to widen opportunities for minority professionals to enter or advance in newspaper management.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a Webinar — Credibility and Social Media in Your News Organization – June 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Among the questions covered: How do you decide who posts on your organization’s Facebook account? When should your newsroom use social media to collect information for stories? What personal conduct on social networks is appropriate for your staff? Can you have a policy that covers everything?
  • NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force co-chair Andrew Humphrey and member Michelle Ferrier are among those putting together the next Journalism That Matters conference, in Detroit June 3-6.  The conference theme is Help create communities that initiate, innovate and incubate.
  • Web Worker Daily is sponsoring FreelanceCamp PRO in San Francisco June 5.  FreelanceCamp PRO is a BarCamp-style “unconference” for freelancers that will offer a series of participatory workshops, with all the content provided by the attendees themselves.
  • June 9 is the deadline to apply for the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowships. The free professional development opportunity offers nine daylong monthly seminars – all on the record – delivering fresh sources, up-to-the-minute methods and surefire strategies for developing story ideas.  This Washington insider education is supplemented with an introduction to new media skills training that will help reporters reach new audiences, and make them more valuable to their news organizations.
  • Digital Capital Week, a free festival focused on technology and social media, is being held in Washington, D.C., June 11-20.  A panel event hosted by USA Today, looking at real and tactical ways news and media organizations are using social media to share content, engage readers and get results. Moderated by Carlos Roig, VP of Digital Media Strategy at Home Front Communications. Panelists: Andy Carvin – Senior Strategist for National Public Radio’s Social Media Desk; Robert Michael Murray – VP of Social Media for National Geographic; and Benet Wilson – Online Managing Editor for Aviation Week’s Business Aviation and Co-Chair of the National Association for Black Journalist’s Digital Journalism Task Force.
  • The deadline to submit an application for the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism is June 11.  The awards honor novel efforts that actively involve people in public issues, supply entry points that invite their participation, sit their imagination, and meet their information needs in creative ways.
  • The John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors are holding a conference entitled “The Future of Freelancing: Redefining Journalism. Reinventing Yourself” June 18-19 at Stanford University.
  • The Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding a congress entitled “From Blueprint to Building: Making the Market for Digital Information” June 23-23 in Columbia, Mo. The event is designed to consider establishing a non-profit collaborative that will specify standards, platforms and protocols for a digital information marketplace; supporting investment and partnering with operating companies.
  • The Bulldog Reporter is holding its Media Relations Summit June 29 in New York City. Attendees will discuss the future of PR, Media, Journalism and Social Network marketing.
  • The Digital Journalist has released its workshops — The New Platypus DSLR Video Journalism, Multimedia and Filmmaking Workshops for 2010. Workshops will be held in Prague, Czech Republic July 9-18; and Rockport, Maine, July 25-August 3 at the Maine Media Workshops.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding an online group seminar – Headlines That Work – July 12-Aug. 6.  Participants will learn about the different information needs and habits of these audiences and how to write headlines that will help engage readers on any platform.  The cost is $399.00
  • BusinessJournalism.org is holding a free Webinar, “How to be an entrepreneur as a business journalist” Aug. 9-13.  The weeklong Webinar, which teaches how to use your skills to make a living outside mainstream media, will be taught by freelancer and National Association of Black Journalists member Maya Smart and “Ask-the Recruiter” blogger Joe Grimm will teach the five-hour course.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding a seminar – Multimedia Storytelling With Video – Sept. 20-24.  Tuition is $995, and applications are due Aug. 9.
  • Registration is now open for the Online News Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30.

If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at regaviationqueen AT yahoo DOT com.  Thanks!

Friday Fast Five

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Today’s Fast Five will feature posts from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Networked blog. But of course, I have to include an entry from the 10000 Words blog to keep my streak alive!

  1. 10000 Words – 10 Ways to track what people are saying about you on Twitter
  2. Networked – Twitter: An easy way to take part in — or host — a live chat
  3. Google 101 for Journalists: A Review
  4. Getting the Most from the Web with Google
  5. Fund your digital media idea – there’s lots of money out there

Brandon Gillespie – Going After His OWN

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Brandon Gillespie

I had the pleasure of meeting Brandon Gillespie at last year’s National Association of Black Journalists annual conference in Tampa, Fla.  He is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Texas, with a general studies degree, concentrating in journalism, human resources and psychology.

During a chat at the Wear White pool party, we talked about what Gillespie to do with his life.  He was about to start work on his masters of education in community counseling at Howard University.  His plan was to combine his producing/broadcasting/graphics/counseling skills to create his own TV talk show.

Now it looks like Gillespie is a step closer to that goal.  I was checking my Facebook account and saw a link on his profile to his video audition for a contest to get a show on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  “About a month and a half ago, I was looking on the Internet right after Oprah previewed some of the shows that would be on OWN, and one was Your Own Show,” he recalled. “She wanted to do a reality show on finding the next TV star host.  I read about it and went to the website, which only said stay tuned for more information.”

Last week, the contest was officially opened.  “This is a dream for me.  I want to be a talk show host and who better to produce my show than Harpo Productions, the best of the best,” said Gillespie.

Gillespie got right to work on the video, but discovered his camera was dead.  “I had to wait two hours for my batteries to recharge.  I love graphic design and animation and did it in college and at an internship at NBC Art Works in Dallas, the graphics hub for NBC O&Os,” he said.  “So I worked on my graphics until the camera charged up.”

It took Gillespie 10 minutes to record his unscripted pitch, and then another hour to put it together.  “Then it took me about 40 minutes to answer her questions attached as part of the video upload,” he said.

One of the best parts of the video is Gillespie chatting it up with Oprah’s BFF Gayle King.  “Gayle King was in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago for Oprah’s National No Phone Zone Day.  I wanted to talk with her about the no phone zone effort for my Internet program The Brandon Show,” he said.

After standing in line for an interview, Gillespie said he was cut off by King’s assistants, who said she had to catch a flight.  “So I asked for a picture, but it was really a video camera, so I told my producer to keep rolling,” he recalled.  “I asked for 20 seconds and she was so gracious and kind.  She really believes in Oprah’s mission to get people off phones out of the call.  Her handlers were gesturing to me, but it was a great interview.”

So far, Gillespie has had 3433 views of his video and 6704 votes for his show.  “I’m really bad at promoting myself.  I tend to do things and let my work speak for itself, but with something like this, that’s not the way to do it,” he said.  “I’ve posted the video on Facebook and my friends have been posting and voting without me even asking. It feels great to have that support.” Gillespie is also using his Twitter account — @brandonvivo – to get the word out.

OWN is holding auditions in 4 cities – Los Angeles, Dallas, New York City and Atlanta.  “I am going in person to audition, either in New York or my home town of Dallas because those auditions are in front of producers from Harpo Productions.  “It’s a great opportunity to talk with them about the show I want to do on OWN,” he said.  “From there, they choose contestants for a reality show where you do challenges to prove you can be a talk show host, and I hope to win the competition.”

So go check out Gillespie’s video and vote!