By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
Last night, the Digital Journalism Task Force broadcast a BlogTalkRadio show featuring a panel of three National Association of Black Journalist members discussing their attendance at the recent Online News Association’s 2010 conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-31.
Now in its 11th year, the ONA conference has become one of the must-attend shows on the journalism circuit because it brings together a virtual who’s who of digital/multimedia journalism. There are also representatives from community/content editorial, programming, design, education and traditional and new media outlets.
Our panelists were: Dr. Sybril Bennett, associate professor of journalism at Belmont University and the newly named Programming Chair for next year’s NABJ annual conference; Sarah Glover, staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists President; and Doug Mitchell, chair of NABJ’s Media Institute, co-director of the Ford Foundation’s New U entrepreneurship program and an adjunct professor instructor at the City College of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
We discussed issues including: the big topics discussed at ONA; what workshops/panels that stood out and which ones should be at NABJ next year; and having more representation at next year’s ONA. Click here to listen to the 60-minute program.
And join us on Tuesday, Dec. 7 for our next event: Making The Transition From Journalism To PR. Our panelists are:
- Aprill O. Turner, NABJ’s associate member rep and a public relations professional and political strategist with experience working with non-profit and corporate clients;
- Marc Willis, a former television news reporter who now works as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
- Manny Otiko, who has worked in the journalism/PR field for more than 15 years and is currently vice president of social and new media at Desmond & Louis Public Relations; and
- Denise T. Ward, who spent 12 years as a journalist before moving to communications, where she is currently a Strategic Communications Specialist with Booz Allen Hamilton.
The transition is not as easy as many would expect, so our panelists will share their experiences on making the move and answer questions on how to transfer your skills to the other side. I hope you cam join us!