Reinvention Committee Completes BlogTalkRadio Job Series

By Deirdre M. Childress, VP-Print, NABJ; Entertainment Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Reinvention Committee  and the Digital Journalism Task Force on Friday hosted the last of three BlogTalkRadio shows designed to help members in different phases in their career make the adjustment if the worst happens – losing your job.

The Friday session — Laid Off, Bought Out & Scared: Managing My Life and Finances – featured past NABJ President Sidmel Estes of BreakThrough Inc. and financial adviser Lee Jenkins,  president and CEO of the Lee Jenkins Financial Group.  The session discussed what you can do now to prepare for the worst, how you adjust to life without the office and offer Budgeting 101 tips.

The other two sessions available for playback include:

  • In the Thick of My Career: Searching for the ‘New Me’, was a panel led by Neil Foote of Foote Communications and the University of North Texas, showed mid-career professionals how to revamp their skills and become more tech savvy. Panelists discussed what a journalist in the digital age must do to improve their skills, offered advice on creating a blog or website, outlined how to use the most popular digital media tools and how to use the power of your network and personal relationships.
  • The Young & the Restless: Keeping Hope & Journalism Alive featured Jackie Jones of Jones Coaching. It targeted younger/early stage journalists struggling to find their first job or get a new job after getting laid off. Jones spoke with Vanessa C. Deggins, a reporter/ multimedia producer, about being laid off and finding that next opportunity. The session also offered basic tips and tools on networking and job search.

Reinvention 2011 Committee Members

Deirdre M. Childress, NABJ Vice President-Print – dchildress@phillynews.com

Sidmel Estes, Past NABJ President – sid@sidmelestes.com

Neil Foote, Past NABJ Region III Director – neil@neilfoote.com

Jackie Jones, Past Vice President-Print – jjones5647@aol.com

Aprill O. Turner, NABJ Associate Representative – aprilloturner@gmail.com

Benet J. Wilson, co-chair, Digital Journalism Task Force – benet@aviationqueen.com

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