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  • Wednesday, July 13
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Old Car Heaven, 115 35th St. S., Avondale
  • Cash bar
  • Free!
  • RSVP: alsocme.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham mayor William Bell will address the state of technology in the city at the Alabama Social Media Association’s first ever Tech Tweetup. The July 13 event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature networking and a light dinner.

“ALsocme is proud to partner with the City of Birmingham, among others,” says Kristen R. Heptinstall, ALscome executive director. “And we’re thrilled Mayor Bell will be sharing the latest developments on Birmingham’s advances as a digital leader.”

The Tech Tweetup will be held July 13 at Old Car Heaven, 115 35th St. S., Avondale. Networking will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., with the mayor’s address from 6 to 6:30, followed by more networking until 8 p.m.

It is sponsored by My Green Birmingham (mygreenbirmingham.com), the city’s only green living site. A light dinner will be provided by catering sponsor Ted’s Restaurant (tedsbirmingham.com), a family-owned Greek meat-and-three restaurant and caterer on Southside. Cash bar will be available.

The Tweetup will also feature representatives from ALsocme’s 17 partner organizations.

Tickets are free, but attendees must register by visiting alsocme.com.

The Alabama Social Media Association (ALsocme), is an independent, grassroots nonprofit group, open to anyone who wishes to share ideas or advance their knowledge of social media and how it is used by businesses, organizations, and consumers. Its mission is education: empowering people with social media tools and knowledge to help them meet professional and personal goals.

For more information, visit alsocme.com or email alsocme@gmail.com.

ALsocme executive director Kristen R. Heptinstall is available for interviews to discuss Birmingham’s role as a leader in technology. To arrange an interview or to set up event coverage, please contact Erin Street at e.shawstreet@gmail.com or (205) 249-0750.

Food Blog South Conference on January 22nd

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New York Times food writer Kim Severson, culinary literary agent Lisa Ekus-Saffer to speak at New Southern food blogging conference

■FoodBlog South Conference
■January 22, 2011 @ 8 AM
■Woodrow Hall, 55401 1st Ave N [map]
■Individual Registration Cost – $135 [Register]  MOB members can save $20 by entering the discount code FBSMOB.

Food Blog South, a regional conference for Southern food bloggers, is set for January 22, 2011 in Birmingham, Ala.  Award-winning New York Times food writer Kim Severson, author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life will talk about food writing; and culinary literary agent Lisa Ekus-Saffer of the Lisa Ekus Group will talk about how bloggers can become cookbook authors.

The day’s sessions also include:
• Food photography and styling taught by Southern Living senior photographer Jennifer Davick and Southern Living food stylist and test kitchen professional Marian Cooper-Cairns.
• Marketing your blog with Christy Jordan, blogger at Southern Plate (averaging 13 million page views a month) and author of Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family (currently #2 on Amazon.com’s Southern Cooking, Food & Wine category)
• Making the most of social media with two-time Shorty Award winner John-Bryan Hopkins, “The Foodimentary Guy
• Recipe development with Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appétit, Y’all! and former Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television, and Alison Lewis, cookbook author and recipe developer for clients like Southern Living, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens
• A panel on writing and blogging about Southern seafood after the Deepwater Horizon explosion
• “Hungry for More: How Blogging Keeps Customers Coming Back for More,” a session on building food businesses with blogging, by Wade Kwon of Birmingham Blogging Academy.

The conference will be held at Woodrow Hall in the historic Woodlawn district of Birmingham. Discounted hotel rates are available at The Hotel Highland located in Five Points South, near a number of great restaurants including Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar & Grill and Chris Hastings’ Hot & Hot Fish Club.

Sponsorships, which include workshop registration and display space, are available at several levels. “We’re especially interested in getting some up-and-coming food businesses as sponsors—the start-ups that are still in kitchen incubators that are doing great things that no one knows about,” Chavis said. “We’d like to connect bloggers with these new, great finds.” Sponsors will be able to attend the workshop, including a special session on blogging for small food businesses and restaurants.

Additional details and registration information is at foodblogsouth.com.


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Connecting journos and sources

Our pal Atticus has created a new site called SourceBarn, sourcebarn.com. Like ProfNet, this free service connects journalists with sources and experts. Unlike ProfNet, it’s focused on Alabama-based professionals.

I wanted to let you know about a great local website for Alabama reporters and publicists. It’s called SourceBarn, and it’s FREE. Reporters, editors and authors looking for sources can post queries on the site. Those queries are shared with PR folks, marketing types and others who can help track down great interviews. This a way for reporters to make their stories sing, and for publicists to get their clients/organizations some great ink!

You can check it out at SourceBarn.com. Remember, the more people use it, the better it works, so please forward this on to as many people as you can think of.


Reporters: The next time you’re on deadline, give it a try by sending your query to Atticus, who’ll distribute it via e-mail.

PR pros: Sign up for his e-mail list to get the queries from state journalists.

The more you use the site, the more it will grow.

Copy editor – Progressive Farmer

Our pal Claire passed this along:

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The Progressive Farmer magazine has a full-time opportunity in its editorial department for a copy editor. Copy editor’s main responsibilities include editing magazine articles produced by our award-winning staff of editors.

In addition, copy editor will help update the magazine’s Web site, so experience with Web applications and content-management tools is helpful.

Copy editor also works with Green Valley Custom Publishing, a division of Progressive Farmer that produces Merial SureHealth magazine for animal pharmaceutical client.

Candidate must have either a Bachelor’s degree in English or journalism and a strong command of AP style, with three to five years of copy-editing experience preferred. Knowledge of content management Web tools and Adobe InDesign preferred. Candidate must have good verbal communication skills and be able to juggle several projects, working closely with editors to ensure accuracy and quality with attention to deadlines.

To apply for the copy editor position, send a cover letter and resume with references to Claire.vath@progressivefarmer.com. Applicants will be required to take a copy-editing test. No phone calls, please.

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Intern – al.com

Our pal Matt passed this along:

alabama liveAl.com is seeking candidates for an editorial intern. Internship responsibilities will include maintaining and updating news stories and section front pages, working closely with the editorial production staff to build special report packages, monitoring discussions in forums and blogs, creating photo galleries, monitoring news wires, and updating news, entertainment and sports databases.

Candidates should be pursuing a degree in Journalism or Communications or have comparable work experience. An ideal candidate would have relevant experience, such as working on a school newspaper or web site or a prior internship.

Candidates should possess skills in the following areas:

  • Editing photos with Adobe Photoshop and ImageReady
  • Editing HTML with a text editor
  • Using FTP to publish files to the Internet
  • Strong grammar and spelling skills
  • Strong knowledge of Windows operating systems

Candidates should be prepared to work weekends. This is a full-time, paid position. $10 per hour/40 hours per week.

Please e-mail resume to jobs@al.com with the subject line “editorial internship.”

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Production director – Birmingham Business Journal

From our pal Cindy:

The Birmingham Business Journal is seeking a production director. This person will be responsible for overseeing the production of the publication. He or she will establish news and advertising deadlines, ensure a smooth workflow in collaboration with the other department managers and serve as a liaison with the printer. We are looking for someone with the ability to handle deadline pressures with flexibility and a positive attitude. He or she must know Mac OS, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. Great benefits.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

2140 11th Ave. S.
Ste. 205
Birmingham, AL 35205

Or e-mail mdickinson@bizjournals.com.

Or fax (205) 322-0040.

Photos from The MOB turns 4

Our fourth anniversary brought out the thirsty and the hungry to Surin West on Southside for the MOB’s October event. Thanks for making Media of Birmingham into more than just a networking club.

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Photos from Swanky September Soiree

Another packed house for the September MOB event, with close to 20 on the patio at sunset at McCormick and Schmick’s. Also, plenty of good cheap eats and good company.

A special thanks to volunteers Colin Peterson for these pics and to Chianti Cleggett for greeting and signing in attendees.

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Producer, designer, intern – al.com

alabama liveWe have several job opportunities available at al.com:

  • Senior Producer / Sports
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Graphic Design Intern – Web

Also, we are actively seeking free-lance photographers to cover events for al.com. Amateur photographers are encouraged! These individuals would be attending and taking pictures at community events for posting into photo galleries on al.com. It is a part-time, as needed position ($10/hour). E-mail resume and other information to jobs@al.com.

Kristen Record
editorial producer, al.com

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Production Manager, Art Director, International Expeditions

Update: Art Director position filled as of Oct. 15.

From International Expeditions:

intlexpeditionslogo.gifWe have two positions available at our company (which is based in Helena, AL) that may be of interest to your group. One is for a Production Manager, the other for an Art Director-New Media. Applicants can contact me at CLyle@IEtravel.com or 205-565-2154.

Thank you,

Caroline Lyle
VP Marketing
International Expeditions
1 Environs Park
Helena, AL 35080

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