Category Archives: Local events

Investigative reporting workshop, Jan. 23-24 at UAB

Investigative Reporters and Editors is holding a series of Watchdog Workshops across the country to train journalists. Birmingham is one of only six cities scheduled to play host for the two-day seminar.

Seminar topics are:

  • Effective use of the Internet
  • Breaking down the walls
  • Paper and database trails
  • The art of the interview
  • FOI/Open Records
  • Managing and juggling your time to do watchdog stories
  • Bulletproofing a story
  • Computer-Assisted Reporting

Expected speakers are:

  • John Archibald, The Birmingham News
  • Rosalind Bentley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR (National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting)
  • James Pewitt, Johnston Barton Proctor and Rose LLP, Birmingham
  • Alison Young, USA Today
  • Scott Zamost, CNN

The Birmingham Association of Black Journalists is a sponsor.

  • Who: Investigative Reporters and Editors along with the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists
  • When: Jan. 23-24
  • Where: UAB’s Heritage Hall, 1401 University Blvd. [map]
  • Cost: $50 for professional journalists: $35 for BABJ members; $25 for students. Fees include a 1-year IRE membership. Optional: computer-assisted reporting workshop on Jan. 24 is $30.
  • To reserve your spot: Register online.

WordCamp Atlanta coming Jan. 8-9

For those interested in blogging and WordPress in particular, startup conference WordCamp Atlanta will be among the first WordCamps of 2010.

It’s an opportunity for beginners and advanced users to network and learn more about using WordPress for Web site creation, blogging, content management and more. For example, the Media of Birmingham site runs on WordPress.

The two-day event takes place Jan. 8-9 on the Georgia Tech campus, with short lightning-round talks on the first evening and sessions throughout the second day. Registration is $45.

(MOBster Wade Kwon will be one of the featured speakers.)

Birmingham Entrepreneur on Tuesday

Getting Noticed and Working with the Media

Atticus RomingerAtticus Rominger, a consultant with Rominger Media and MOBster, shares insights and tips on getting media coverage for your business. The former Fox 6 reporter will give insider’s view of how the newsroom really works and what will help you get noticed when working with the media.

American Advertising Federation holiday party and food drive

AAF Birmingham - AAF Holiday Party and Food DriveThe Birmingham chapter of the American Advertising Federation will have a holiday party and food drive next week.

  • When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10
  • Where: Billy Brown Photography, 2814 Linden Ave., Homewood [map]
  • Cost: Donation of canned goods and other non-perishable food items, or toiletries. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be available.
  • RSVP:

Alabama PRSA teleseminar on Dec. 3

How Sustainable Word-of-Mouth Marketing Can Help Boost Your Bottom Line

Geno Church and Spike Jones show how to identify those brand advocates already speaking out on your word-of-mouth program. Build an effective, meaningful movement for your brand to directly impact your bottom line.

  • Who: Alabama chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
  • When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3
  • Where: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., downtown [map]
  • Cost: One can of food, to be donated to United Way Food Bank; food and refreshments provided, plus door prizes.
  • Also: 1.0 Continuing Education Credit
  • To reserve your spot: Register online or e-mail
  • For more information: Visit the event site.

Birmingham AMA presents ‘How Hoffman Media Did It’

American Marketing Association - Birmingham, AlabamaThe Birmingham chapter of the American Marketing Association presents “How Hoffman Media Did It: 47% Greater Revenue Since 2005.”

Birmingham-based Hoffman publishes Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Victoria, Cooking with Paula Deen and Southern Lady magazines. The program:

Jennifer Jaquess, marketing director at Birmingham’s Hoffman Media, uses her communications experience to oversee sales support for nine consumer titles with 15 sales representatives across the country and nearly $5 million in ad revenue. Learn about the strategies Hoffman Media has developed to grow even during lean times.

Event details:

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 19
  • The Summit Club, 31st floor of Regions-Harbert Plaza, 1901 Sixth Ave. N. [map]
  • $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $10 for students

Visit the site to register.

BABJ workshop: Surviving the New Realities of the News Business

Birmingham Association of Black Journalists

Surviving the New Realities of the News Business

Open to everyone interested in the media business. Portion of proceeds go to BABJ Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists.

With all the turmoil in the media, you need to know to survive?  This special half-day session gives you some answers.

It will take a hard look at what’s happening in the media business and why; offer advice from people who know on how to reinvent yourself; and give you practical tips on how to start your own business if you no longer want to work for a company that may be forced to lay you off.

In addition to getting the real deal from people who have been there, you’ll also get a chance to share best practices with each other.

  • When: Saturday, June 27
  • Where: The Birmingham News, 2201 Fourth Ave. N. [map]
  • Cost: $15, includes continental breakfast and box lunch.
  • Register by today, June 24, or notify Vickii Howell by e-mailing editor[at] by June 25.
  • For more information, e-mail Willie Chriesman at willie[at]

9–9:30 a.m.: Registration
9:30–10:20: Opening Panel–The State of the Industry

  • Gene Kirkconnell, GM, NBC 13
  • André Natta, Internet entrepreneur
  • Scott Mauldin, Former NBC 13 Reporter
  • George Daniels, Assistant journalism professor, University of Alabama
  • Nichele Hoskins, Heart & Soul Magazine, former senior editor at Southern Progress Corp.

10:30–11:20: Reinventing Yourself for the New World of Media

  • André Natta, Internet entrepreneur
  • Atticus Rominger, Former Fox 6 reporter
  • Marie Sutton, Former Birmingham News reporter

11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.: Going Out on Your Own

  • Edith Ingram, Central Alabama Women’s Business Center
  • Malena Cunningham, former NBC 13 anchor
  • Vickii Howell, former Birmingham News reporter
  • Scott Mauldin, Former NBC 13 Reporter

12:30–1: Lunch/Networking

Event info on the BABJ site.

Visiting journalists needed for Alabama high school workshop

A note from Meredith Cummings, director of the Multicultural Journalism Program at the University of Alabama:

The University of Alabama’s Multicultural Journalism Program is just around the corner. Fifteen students will be on campus from June 12-21 for the annual workshop.

The annual Visiting Professionals Day will be on Wednesday, June 17. I wanted to ask if you would be interested in being a part of this day.

Visiting Professionals arrive around 9 a.m. in Tuscaloosa and spend most of the day hanging out with students in the lab, helping them figure out what they have in the way of a story, and helping them get started with the writing process. (They will have completed their reporting from the Black Belt the day before.) Each student is assigned their own professional to help them write, edit and polish their story.

Each professional also speaks to the group of students briefly about their background. Lunch with the students will be provided during the day, and the work is usually done by mid-afternoon.

If you would be interested in helping us with the special event, please let me know by e-mailing mjp[at] or calling 205-348-2772. Thank you so much.

Possible SPJ workshop on social media and journalists

A note from Jenn Rowell, president of the Alabama chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists:

Save the date for our next program, June 24 and/or June 25.

We’re going to focus on Twitter, social media and how journalists can use those tools to enhance coverage and generate Web traffic. Some of us use it, some of us don’t, so let’s discuss pros and cons, best practices, neat tricks, how-tos and lingo. (See “The Twitter Explosion” from the American Journalism Review.)

Here are possible plans:

  • Host one in Prattville, since it’s sort of (although not really) a halfway point for Montgomery and Birmingham folks.
  • Or host one in Montgomery and one in Birmingham (like we’ve done on several occasions).

If y’all could weigh in on what you would prefer and if any of you use Twitter and social media on a regular basis and would like to help facilitate discussion, let me know at AlabamaPro.SPJ[at] I have a few in mind, but am always looking for fresh faces!


SPJ Town Hall in Montgomery

Society of Professional Journalist - Town Hall meeting

The Society of Professional Journalists wants to restore the public’s faith in the press by equipping the public with tools to evaluate all forms of journalism and we want to increase the dialogue between the public and the press. SPJ feels that the more the public understands how and why journalists do their jobs, the more likely they are to understand the valuable role the press plays in democracy.

Montgomery is one of 12 U.S. cities holding this event.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 28
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Place: Huntingdon College, Recital Hall, Smith Music Building, 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery.
    Google map | campus map (PDF)
  • Cost: free
  • Moderator: Kevin Smith, President-Elect, SPJ; assistant professor of journalism, Fairmont State University
  • Program contact: Jenn Rowell, president, SPJ-Alabama, rowell83[at]
  • Town Hall event site

Note: Wade Kwon will be on the panel and welcomes any Birmingham MOB members to tag along. We’ll leave at 4 p.m. and return around 11 p.m. Contact him for ride details.

Also, please note that SPJ is offering a six-month dues waiver for current members laid off from their full-time positions. Fill out this waiver (PDF) to apply.