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Pssst-Looking For #MediaDiversity? Click Here!

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

Editor’s note: the Digital Journalism Task Force is holding a BlogTalkRadio session Tuesday, Jan. 11 from noon to 1:00 p.m. on this year’s convention.  Our panel, which features convention chair Rod Hicks, programming chair Dr. Sybril Bennett and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover, will discuss what members can expect at this year’s event. Bennett will also offer guidance on what she and the Programming Committee will expect for this year’s workshops and panels.  We’ll also leave time for your questions. I hope you can join us.

One of the great things about the advent of the Internet, including things like e-mail, Twitter and Facebook,  is that you get to “meet”  and keep in touch with people you otherwise would have never been able to connect with.  One of those people is Emma Carew.  Emma is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the owner of the wonderful Dreaming of Pots and Pans blog (I now know how to make Kim Chee because of it) and she *just* joined the digital staff at the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a home page producer.

Emma and I chat regularly via Twitter and email about journalism issues.  On Monday, she emailed me asking for help with a “small project.” That project turned out to be the creation of a #MediaDiversity spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet came as a result of a Twitter chat held Dec. 29 by PBS Media Shift to discuss the issue of finding qualified minorities.  And the conversation continued with a Media Shift post yesterday – Are People of Color Missing in New Media? A #MediaDiversity Chat.

“This is intended to be the seed of a public list to be shared throughout journalism conference organizers to solve that problem — at least in finding more diverse journalists (of all colors!) who are doing cool and innovative web journalism things,” writes Carew.

Well, after working with Emma and five others, the list is out, but it’s still a work in progress. A small, core group will work to keep the list up to date and try to get it a bit more organized.  But we need your help.  Please post a link to this blog to your journalism networks.  Have your friends and colleagues  send their best nominations (including yourself) with the appropriate details.  You can forward your submissions to anyone listed on the home page of the document.

Who makes the list? For now, there are no formal criteria.  “The people we’ve nominated and added to the list are all ones we could say, `Yeah, I’d attend a panel he/she was speaking on,'” says Carew.

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism, multimedia journalist

NABJ Wants Proposals For Philadelphia Conference

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

Yesterday, the National Association of Black Journalists put out a call for presentations for its annual conference Aug. 3-7 in Philadelphia. This year’s convention is looking for presentations “that will teach current and future journalists new, relevant skills and push them to execute their professional goals,” which matches this year’s theme, “The Power of Now: Claiming Your Destiny.”  Proposals are due Feb. 1.

Dr. Sybril Bennett

The Programming Committee, headed by Dr.  Sybril Bennett of Belmont University,  wants to see  innovative, educational and entrepreneurial proposals from the membership this year. This year, NABJ is striving to make the Convention and Career Fair  the premier venue for digital journalism education and career development presented by the nation’s leaders in media, business, arts and entertainment and technology.

 

Professional journalists, students and educators will participate in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations.

To this end, the Digital Journalism Task Force is holding a BlogTalkRadio session Tuesday, Jan. 11 from noon to 1:00 p.m. on this year’s convention.  Our panel, which features convention chair Rod Hicks, programming chair Dr. Sybril Bennett and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover, will discuss what members can expect at this year’s event. Bennett will also offer guidance on what she and the Programming Committee will expect for this year’s workshops and panels.  We’ll also leave time for your questions.