By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
Back on Aug. 4, National Association of Black Journalists Treasurer Greg Lee sent out a note to our Yahoo listserve groups urging members to apply for scholarships to pay for training at the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Poynter Institute. Poynter is well-known for the quality journalism training it provides, along with its strong ties to NABJ.
And I quote: “If you’ve wanted to attend a Poynter seminar or take advantage of its many online learning opportunities, but haven’t had the funds, now is the time. Poynter is offering scholarship monies for our association’s members.
You can pick from one of the institute’s many in-person seminars, an online group seminar or other offerings—and add Poynter training to your credentials. Made possible through a grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the scholarships provide professional development opportunities to journalists and media leaders from underrepresented demographic groups in an effort to increase their effectiveness and presence in newsrooms. Must be a current, dues-paying member of one of the following associations: National Association of Black Journalists; National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Native American Journalists Association; Asian American Journalists Association; Journalism and Women Symposium; and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.”
I went to Poynter’s training page and found several things of interest, but the course “Multimedia Storytelling With Video” really interested me. I’ve taken NABJ and other one-day video courses, but I’ve always felt I needed more intensive training. So I filled out the application, attached a letter requesting an NABJ scholarship and sent it off. But it works for the other journalism groups listed above. On Wednesday, I received my letter informing me I won a scholarship!
I can now learn a skill with professionals that will help keep me relevant in my current job and I can pass my knowledge on not only at my job, but through NABJ and as a member of the Online News Association. Upcoming courses that would be of interest for DJTF and NABJ members include “Critical Tools for the Non-Traditional Journalist” and “Essential Skills for the Digital Journalist,” with application deadlines of Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, respectively.
If you can’t make it to St. Petersburg, the scholarship can also be used for Poynter webinars, including: “Becoming a More Effective Reporter: Telling Untold Stories” and “Telling Memorable Video Stories: A Poynter Tutorial Series.” I urge you to take full advantage of this valuable — and free — opportunity. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions at regaviationqueen AT Yahoo DOT com.
And speaking of training, please join DJTF and the NABJ Media Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 24 for a free BlogTalkRadio show: “Internet Etiquette: Being `Socially’ Responsible.” Did you miss this popular panel at last month’s NABJ annual conference? We’re re-creating it in this one-hour show! Journalists can post information on their social networks that may be harmful to their reputation. Lifestyle & Etiquette Expert Elaine Swann and Howard University graduate student
and Google Fellow Kiara Pesante will give you the do’s and don’t’s on navigating proper Internet etiquette, and we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions. Hope you can join us!