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Alabama Media Professionals workshop on Oct. 14

Alabama Media ProfessionalsWhere’s the Money Now?

  • Alabama Media Professionals Fall Workshop
  • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14
  • Southeastern Conference, First Floor Meeting Room, 2201 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., downtown [map]
  • Cost: $35, $25 for members, $15 for students. Includes lunch and deck parking.  Make checks payable to Alabama Media Professionals and mail to Madelyn Bonnett, 2078 Crenshaw Road, Columbiana, AL 35051.
  • For more information, call Marti Slay, 655-1414.

Challenged by client cutbacks and layoffs, writers and other communications professionals are seeking new income sources. Where do you turn when the world seems to turn on you? What do you need to learn? Where are the new markets for your talents? Get the answers from AMP’s panel of professionals who have taken bold steps and will give you first-hand information. You’ll leave with ideas you can turn into cash by venturing into new media, learning new skills, and showing your clients how to compete in today’s fast-changing environment.

  • Dr. Wilson Lowrey, Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Alabama.
  • Jennifer Walker Journey, Professional Blogger
  • John Phillips, Nighthawk Publications

Workshop Scholarships: Alabama Media Professionals will offer a limited number of workshop scholarships to individuals who have lost jobs or major income from client budget cuts. These scholarships are funded by donations from members and event sponsors. For details, e-mail Ann Halpern at halperns@charter.net.

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SPJ regional conference in Orlando, March 19-20

The Society of Professional Journalists’ regional conference will take place in Orlando later this month.

  • What: Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Conference
  • When: March 19-20
  • Where: University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • Cost: $75, $65 for SPJ members. To register, visit the online form.

Workshops on the schedule include …

  • “The Future of Journalism (and Your Future in It)”
  • “How to Make Money Blogging”
  • “Freelancing: Strategies for Paying the Bills”

For more information, visit the conference site.

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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.

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?

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]birminghamview.com by June 25.
  • For more information, e-mail Willie Chriesman at willie[at]chriesman.com.

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]ua.edu or calling 205-348-2772. Thank you so much.

Editorial / Newswriting Workshop in Montgomery

The Alabama Press Association will hold a “Back to the Basics” editorial workshop led by Jack Smith, former Eufaula Tribune editor. This is a basic newswriting workshop targeted at reporters, whether new to the industry or seasoned journalists, who have not had much formal journalism training or just need a refresher course. This is a good overview for all reporters.

Topics covered include:

  • Writing with accuracy, clarity and integrity
  • News story basics
  • Structuring your writing: “straight” news, inverted pyramid approach and narrative stories
  • Writing leads
  • Learning how to write for your readers and not your sources
  • Fundamentals of good writing
  • Overview of AP style
  • How to identify compelling or unusual stories readers will talk about
  • Feature writing basics
  • Photography 101
  • The public service mission
  • Covering your beat
  • Basic interviewing techniques
  • Libel basics

Please fill out the registration form and return to APA. A confirmation will be e-mailed with directions once registration is received.

  • Cost: $40 (includes lunch)
  • Where: Montgomery Advertiser’s Freedom Room, 425 Molton St. [map]
  • When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6
  • Deadline: Tuesday
  • Questions: Bethany Carr, Alabama Press Association, 205-871-7737, bethany@alabamapress.org