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SPJ Alabama selects Dennis Pillion as chapter president

The Alabama Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has selected new officers for 2010:

  • President: Dennis Pillion, sports producer, AL.com in Birmingham
  • President elect: David Joyner, executive news editor, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. in Birmingham
  • Secretary: Meredith Cummings, director of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association, journalism instructor at the University of Alabama
  • Treasurer: Jill Nolin, city/county reporter, Montgomery Advertiser

From left, Pillion, Joyner, Cummings, Nolin

The other current board members are:

  • George Daniels, assistant professor of journalism, University of Alabama
  • Abigail Morrow, attorney, Taylor Ritter P.C. in Birmingham
  • Jenn Rowell (immediate past president), military reporter, Montgomery Advertiser
  • Matt Stanley, producer, “Today in Alabama,” WSFA-TV, Montgomery

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Video Made Easy wrapup

Thanks to everyone who came out Tuesday morning for our video workshop!

A few special thank yous:

If you couldn’t make it, a few takeaway tips:

  • Matt and Dennis often use a Flip camera, one of the more popular and less expensive options out there.
  • You can use a digital still camera to shoot video, but keep in mind that the quality won’t be as high, since it’s primarily designed for photos.
  • Before going out on a shoot, check two things: battery life and available memory. You can’t shoot if your battery is dead or your memory is clogged with older videos. (The Flip has no accessible memory card — you must dump footage to your computer to free up space, delete it or no shoot.)
  • They use basic video editing software that usually comes standard with computers: Windows Movie Maker and iMovie for the Mac.
  • With the Flip, proximity is important for good audio. The model Matt showed off had a mono microphone (Flips have no audio input jack).
  • Besides YouTube and Vimeo and other video sharing sites, you can also post your videos to AL.com to reach the hometown audience.
  • Breaking a long video into a series of shorter ones (around 2 minutes or less) can yield higher numbers of views.
  • To have a home for each video, embed it on one of your Web pages or within a blog post. Then, you can write a headline and some explanatory text for maximum search engine optimization (how users find it through Google).

Also, MOBster Lisa Isbell shares her insights from the presentation.

What should we present at a future seminar or workshop? What do you as a media professional want to learn?

November event: Video Made Easy

Update: See photos from this event and a wrapup.


  • November event: Video Made Easy
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17
  • 7-8:30 a.m.
  • Shift Workspace, 2308 Second Ave. N., downtown [map]
  • $10, includes coffee and pastries

It’s our first morning meeting, and it’s going to be an eye opener.

Matt Cuthbert and Dennis Pillion of AL.com will show you how they shoot, upload and promote videos, and how you can, too. Ever wonder how you can use video to tell a story or promote a brand on your site? Learn how in our Nov. 17 workshop at Shift Workspace downtown.

Matt is the senior editorial producer and has been with AL.com for 11 years.  He oversees the site’s entertainment and living sections, acts as a liaison with the state’s three largest newspapers, manages the community blogs and writes a couple of his own.

Dennis is a sports producer and has been with AL.com since 2007.

  • 7-7:30 a.m. – networking
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m. – presentation

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Admission is $10, which includes coffee and pastries

Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m.

Reserve your spot

Special thanks to our sponsors, Shift Workspace and W Social Marketing.

Note: Ticket revenue goes to W Social Marketing, not Media of Birmingham.

Questions? Contact us or leave a comment.

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Posted by Dennis Pillion, al.com on October 27, 2008 at 01:48 AM

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