First, I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this annual series a success: DJTF, the Print Task Force, the NABJ Student Council and the Media-Related Members Task Force. I also thank all of the NABJ members who took the time to listen to the webinars, either live or via recording. Below are links to all the recordings:
Next up is #FreelanceFebruary, where NABJ members will offer tips and advice for starting and sustaining your freelance business, whether it’s full time or part time. I’m excited to announce our first NABJ members-only webinar this month: “Do the #SideHustle,” on Monday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m. EST. NABJ members Dr. Sybril Brown, Tenisha Taylor Bell, Nicki Mayo and I will discuss how we started our side hustles and what you need to do to keep them going. Click here to register for this event.
By Benét J. Wilson, NABJ VP-Digital
The Call for Proposals for the 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair is now open. The organization relies on volunteers to put on workshops that help members stay relevant in their journalism and communications careers. As a past program chair (2012 and 2013),
As a past program chair (2012 and 2013), I regularly heard from members who complained about not seeing the workshops they wanted. I always asked, “did you submit anything?” Nine times out of 10, it was a no.
So ensure that you get the programming you want to see in New Orleans and submit a proposal here by the February 15 deadline. You must be an NABJ member to submit a workshop. Below are 10 panel ideas you may want to consider. Good luck!!
- Ways to search for that next job
- Copyediting your stories when there’s no copy desk
- Using your journalism skills in non-journalism jobs
- How to use the latest data journalism tools
- Want to start podcasting? Here’s how
- Ways to shoot live video (Facebook Live, Periscope)
- How to break into INSERT BEAT HERE
- How to develop and produce multiplatform stories
- Multimedia training for veteran journalists
- Tips for breaking into freelance journalism
For journalists, being able to tell the stories on our beats and in the nation’s neighborhoods is central to our job. Being able to tell these stories in a way that is compelling is especially necessary in a time where information options are numerous. In this webinar, a group of experienced journalists—Tory Parrish, reporter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Gary Witherspoon, a former editor for the Boston Globe and Newsday, and Brandon E. Robinson, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in SLAM and Ebony magazines and is the host of the ScoopB radio podcast—will share what makes a good story, how to go and get them, and how good research and good questions go hand in hand.
In this webinar, held on Thursday, Jan. 27, a group of experienced journalists—Tory Parrish, reporter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Gary Witherspoon, a former editor for the Boston Globe and Newsday, and Brandon E. Robinson, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in SLAM and Ebony magazines and is the host of the ScoopB radio podcast—will share what makes a good story, how to go and get them, and how good research and good questions go hand in hand. Click here for a recording of this NABJ members-only webinar.
Thanks to the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and Kristina B. Hill for helping with the first Media Related Task Force hosted webinar. A few minutes after Formation 2017,
a participant changed his LinkedIn profile from ‘writer seeking opportunity’ to ‘award-winning multimedia journalist’ and now he says he has job offers. “I’ve been trying to improve my presence since October. This webinar was excellent!” Check out what happened by clicking here
And watch this space for more task force training webinars.
Thanks to everyone who joined me tonight for the resume webinar. I hope you found it helpful. If you missed it, click HERE for the webinar recording.
Below are links to articles that can help you craft a great resume.
If you’re looking for a list of journalism organizations to join, Arizona State University has created this great list.
For those who want to brush up on their skills, I recommend the following training sites:
Finally, if you’re looking for inspiration, check out “12 of the Most Creative (and Effective) Resumes in the World,” courtesy of The Atlantic. And check out Canva, which has a whole section of resume templates that are easy to use.
Please feel free to email me with any further questions. The next New Year, New You webinar — Do the #SideHustle — will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. EST. You can get more details and register for it HERE.
The NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force is bringing back its annual series, New Year, New You. These webinars are designed to help you be better in your current job or help you find a new one. The first in the series, The Resume Edition, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. EST.
NABJ VP-Digital Benét Wilson will offer 10 tips to make your resume stand out from the crowd. She will also do live resume reviews of a student, emerging and veteran journalist and leave time for your questions. At the end of the webinar, you’ll have the tools you need to create a resume that can help get you that next job.
The webinar is open to NABJ members only. You can register here. Hope to “see” you there!