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RECORDING: How to Negotiate A Contract You Can Live With

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The good news is that the television station has offered you the job. The next step iTiny Exaviers signing your contract. We were fortunate to have attorney Exavier Pope, Principal Owner of The Pope Law Firm, P.C., conduct the latest NABJ members-only webinar. During the event, Pope, who is also the host of #SuitUP Podcast and treasurer of the NABJ Sports Task Force, offered great advice to members on six key things to consider before putting pen to paper. 

 

  1. Length of a Contract
  2. List of Job Functions
  3. Compensation
  4. Morals Clause
  5. Non-compete Clauses
  6. Termination

You can listen to a recording of the webinar here.  Contact Exavier Pope via email, on his website or via Twitter.  And below are more resources for dealing with contracts.

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RECORDING: Internships 101: The Guidebook to Success in Journalism

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In the latest NABJ members-only webinar, a panel discussed the importance of internships and why you need to get one and how you can maximize your intern experience. The event, hosted by NABJ Student Representative Wilton Jackson,  featured veteran journalist Wendy Wilson, students Malika Andrews and Tierra Smith, along with recent graduate Clayton Gutzmore. They shared their experiences and answered questions. NABJ members can listen to the webinar here

Wilson offered six golden tips on what it takes to have a successful internship here.  We ran out of time but still had questions. So panelists Malika Andrews and Clayton Gutzman took a crack at them, below.  Finally, our next NABJ members-only webinar, “How to Negotiate A Contract You Can Live With,” will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Attorney Exavier Pope will reveal six key things you need to include in your next contract.

What is the best way to follow up with an internship program regarding your application?

MA: I think an email is generally the best way to follow up. Remember, following up doesn’t necessarily have to be “when will you decide?” When I was applying for SJI, I sent Greg [Lee] (the coordinator) a Happy Thanksgiving email, a happy holidays email, happy birthday (okay, I didn’t go that far) — but I did send him a happy holidays note and “I look forward to hearing from you” note.

CG: Give it about two to three weeks before sending an email. Do your research first and find out how their process goes. If it’s not listed, ask before you apply.

What if you have 3-4 years of freelance experience? Would you recommend still going for internships?

CG: Yes still apply for internships. Apply for the internship you believe will take you to the next level. Internships that are different than your current line of freelance work. If you are good enough to freelance, you are able to still earn money while seeking new opportunities. Fellowships can also be something to seek out.

 

MA: I think internships can apply across the board. One of my good friends Rhiannon Walker (now full time with The Undefeated) took back-to-back internships for a year or two before committing to a full-time job. If you are looking for that full-time gig after freelance and nothing is biting, reworking what you are applying for and going for an internship can be a great thing.

How does one find the hiring manager, especially if it’s at a big media corporation? I have tried LinkedIn, but that has not helped.
 

CG: Check the website. There should be contact information at the bottom or on a tab on their website. Call the station and politely ask. Check with your professors. If it’s a big company, they should know somebody that knows somebody.

MA: Ask! Usually, someone will know in your network. For instance, when I was applying for the New York Times internship, I asked someone I had met at a conference very briefly who to address my cover letter to. It turned out, I was supposed to address it to him! He was glad I asked. Or you can always call the newsroom.

I am in the process of applying to internships at local TV stations. What advice do you have to set myself apart?

MA: Find your voice and hone in on it. Are you a great features storyteller? Great. Hold that up. Can you edit as well as be in front of the camera? Say that. And be versatile- make sure you are more than just the face in front of the camera or the behind-the-scenes person.
Also, in your cover letters, make sure not to just say that this is why you want this. A lot of kids want it. Make sure you also say how you are a good fit for them and what sorts of things you bring to the table.

I have just received my first internship at a news station in Greensboro, N.C. I am extremely excited. What can I do to prepare for that internship now? What are the things that would make me stick out in the internship? What are some of the tasks of an intern at a news station?

MA: This may seem basic, but make sure you watch the station. Familiarize yourself with their content style and also the content they have already published so you make sure you aren’t pitching stories that double dip into what they’ve already done. Also, know the names of producers and talent!

As far as sticking out: be the person that goes above and beyond. If there is an assignment after your normal nine to five shift, stay late. Something on the weekend? Be there. And pitch stories! Don’t make your producer constantly come to you. Even if you get shot down, keep pitching. And remember, no assignment is too small. When I was at the local Portland TV station, we begged a producer to stay late so we could read off the anchors tape and cut out own highlight reels. That was really helpful for me to have.

How do you feel about tracking the progress of your work in the internship? Would it be too much to ask for evaluations from the people who I work with?

CG: I say give it time. Seek critiques on your second project. You will know a little bit more about how you are supposed to do work for the outlet.

MA: Seek feedback. But don’t forget it’s easier to fix things before they go to print or on web or the package airs. So if you have a complex story, seek out your editor or producer beforehand.

I have just begun researching different graduate schools. Is there a time to do an internship while in grad school?

MA: I can’t speak from experience but from what I have heard, it depends. For instance, I know Columbia J-school doesn’t recommend it. They put you to work. I know [NABJ Student Representative] Wilton [Jackson] has done internships while in graduate school at LSU so I think it depends on your specific program and how many credits you take. It also depends if you can balance keeping your grades up and having an internship.

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RECORDING #FreelanceFebruary: Stop Putting Off Your Website

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The latest NABJ members-only webinar, “Stop Putting Off Your Website,” Marissa Evans of the Texas Tribune offered her tips and tricks for creating a portfolio website. She critiqued two journalist websites — including mine — and explained the four elements every journalist’s website should have.

Evans answered questions about everything from best platforms to host a website to how much one should pay a designer.  Click here to view the one-hour webinar. And below are links to some of the sites mentioned in the webinar.

We are working on the next webinar series for March and April under the hashtag #NABJSpringClean. These webinars will be all about things that are blocking us in our careers and what we can do to remove them. Topics we’ll cover include the need for internships, tips on job interviews and women dealing with Impostor Syndrome. We are still in the planning phases, so if you have webinar ideas, please send them here.

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RECORDING: Do The #SideHustle

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As the industry continues to reshape itself in the digital age, journalists are getting caught in the crossfire. So now is the perfect time to start or step up that side hustle. In this NABJ members-only webinar, panelists Dr. Sybril Brown, Tenisha Taylor Bell, Nicki Mayo and Benét Wilson shared how and why they started their side hustles and offered advice on what is needed to keep them going. Click here to listen to a recording of the webinar.

Below are some links to #SideHuste resources:

And join us on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11:00 a.m. EST for our next webinar in the #FreelanceFebruary series. What if you don’t want to become a freelancer and you want to look for a new job instead? Put your best foot forward with an online portfolio to showcase your work. Web sites, for all of their benefits, can be tough to sift through as ideas about technology and branding change every day.

In this webinar, hosted by Marissa Evans of the Texas Tribune, you’ll get tips on how to choose the best web platform for you, the do’s and don’ts of a quality website and best practices for putting your best digital footprint forward, including live critiques. Register here — your NABJ membership number is required. And look for our #SpringCleaningNABJ series of members-only webinars in March and April. Do you have an idea for a workshop? Send it here and it may be used.

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Register for NABJ Members-only #FreelanceFebruary Webinars

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The #FreelanceFebruary series of NABJ members-only webinars will help you answer that question, covering topics including what it takes to get started, finding a #SideHustle and creating an online portfolio to showcase your work.

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Journalists have many skills that make ideal side hustles, but you can’t just create them out of thin air. Learn how to get your hustle in this NABJ members-only webinar on Monday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m. Panelists Nicki Mayo of Nicki Mayo News LLC, Dr. Sybril Brown, a hustler and journalism professor at Belmont University, Tenisha Taylor Bell, owner of Perfect Pitch Media Group LLC and Benét Wilson, owner of Aviation Queen LLC will discuss how they started their hustles and what it takes to keep them going. Register here — your NABJ membership number is required.

What if you don’t want to become a freelancer and you want to look for a new job instead? Put your best foot forward with an online portfolio to showcase your work. Web sites, for all of their benefits, can be tough to sift through as ideas about technology and branding change every day. In this webinar, hosted by Marissa Evans of the Texas Tribune, you’ll get tips on how to choose the best web platform for you, the do’s and don’ts of a quality website and best practices for putting your best digital footprint forward, including live critiques. Join us on Saturday, February 18, 11:00 a.m. EST. Again, register here — your NABJ membership number is required.

DJTF will schedule webinars through the NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans Aug. 9-13, 2017. Do you have an idea for a webinar? Send it here.

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New Year, New You 3.0: ALL The Recordings

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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:

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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.

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10 Great Ideas for #NABJ17 Workshops

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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!!

  1. Ways to search for that next job
  2. Copyediting your stories when there’s no copy desk
  3. Using your journalism skills in non-journalism jobs
  4. How to use the latest data journalism tools
  5. Want to start podcasting? Here’s how
  6. Ways to shoot live video (Facebook Live, Periscope)
  7. How to break into INSERT BEAT HERE
  8. How to develop and produce multiplatform stories
  9. Multimedia training for veteran journalists
  10. Tips for breaking into freelance journalism