You’re Invited: TBABJ Happy Hour Networking Mixer This Friday

jazz houseThe Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists’ members, colleagues and friends are invited to a happy hour at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, April 11, at Ybor City Jazz House, 1611 E.Seventh Ave., in Tampa.

This is your opportunity to mix and mingle in a relaxed setting with local professionals in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications and more. Enjoy good conversation, 2-for-1 drink specials and the sounds of the L.O.T.P. (Life of the Party) band while exploring this new upscale, tri-level nightspot.

Chapter Meeting

meetingCome join us at 11 a.m. this Saturday (April 5) at Tampa Bay WaVE, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Ste. 200, in Tampa. Enter the Sykes building and come to the second floor.

Questions? Contact us at (813) 419-2490 or tampabayabj@gmail.com.

NABJ Region III Conference March 7-9

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National Association of Black Journalists

2014 Region III Conference
March 7-9, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Diversity, Inclusion and YOU: The New DIY
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The conference program will offer participants an opportunity to sharpen old skills,
learn new ones, and engage in valuable networking. Program focus will cover diversity,
inclusion, and the new “do it yourself” model. A college scholarship and the Region III
Achievers Award will be presented.

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Former FAMU president opens his library for area journalists

Members of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) were treated to an insightful lesson on African-American history during a visit to the Dr. Walter L. Smith Library, located at 905 N. Albany Ave., Tampa.

TBABJ held its March 1 meeting at the library, which was followed by a tour led by Dr. Smith, former president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Dr. Smith converted two of his family’s homes on Albany Avenue into the library, which includes a treasure trove of portraits of famous and lesser known black leaders, masks, drums, books and other memorabilia.

After a rich history of service in education in the United States and South Africa, Dr. Smith opened the library as a place for children in his neighborhood to study.

During the tour, he shared some of his background, including his experience as a monitor during the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s president.

 

Volunteer Opportunity at Metropolitan Ministries

BoyVolunteer250X250Monday, Nov. 25, is Media Volunteer Day at Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries. Volunteers are needed to hand out Thanksgiving food at the Tampa site to local residents.

Volunteer slots for that day are 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 11a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:15 p.m.

If you or your colleagues would like to volunteer, contact Gwen Harmon, Associate Director of Community Relations, at Gwen.harmon@metromin.org.

Congrats, 2013 Griot Award Winners!

On Saturday, Oct. 12 at Nielsen we presented awards in nearly 20 different categories. The entries were published or broadcast in 2012 and involved issues or concerns related to people of color, especially African-Americans. The contest was open to media outlets in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. The entries were judged by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists.

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1. COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS. For her series in The Ledger on black men moving forward in Polk County, the first-place award went to MERISSA GREEN.

2. FEATURES REPORTING. For his story titled “Divide and Conquer’’ on our own Eric Deggans, former TBABJ president and author of Race-Baiter, the Features Reporting award went to MITCH PERRY of Creative Loafing.

3. SPORTS NEWS REPORTING. For her story “Hovering Over the Classic’’ about the state’s largest HBCUs continuing their annual football extravaganza after the death of a Florida A&M band member, the SPORTS NEWS REPORTING award went to ASHLEY THOMAS of the Florida Courier.

4. OPINION. For what a judge called clear, concise and thoughtful writing in his column “Race to the Past, Your Bias is Showing, Truth and Consequences,’’ the first-place OPINION award went to PETER MEINKE of Creative Loafing.

PRINT CATEGORY – CIRCULATONS OF 100,000 AND UP.

5. DEADLINE REPORTING. For his story “A Couple in Sickness and in Health’’ which the judges say proves that obits don’t have to be stale, the first-place award went to ANDREW MEACHAM of the Tampa Bay Times.

6. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. The judges said this writer’s ability to tell a story without bias or libel shows he has mastered the art of journalism. For his story on police gang lists, the award went to WILL HOBSON of the Tampa Bay Times.

7. FEATURES REPORTING. For her detailed and riveting piece “Trayvon Martin’s killing shatters safety within Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford,’’ the FEATURES REPORTING award went to LANE DEGREGORY, also with the Tampa Bay Times.

8. COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS. For her story titled “Good Girls Can Have Bad Boy Hook-ups’’ that focused on the Violence Against Women Act, the award went to DR. YVONNE SCRUGGS-LEFTWICH of the Center for Community & Economic Justice. Her work was published in a variety of publications, including the Weekly Challenger and Power Broker magazine.

9. SPORTS NEWS. For his story titled “Linsanity more than just a passing fandom phase for local player,’’ the SPORTS NEWS award went to JOHN C. COTEY of the Tampa Bay Times.

10. SPORTS FEATURE. For his feature on Lakewood High School football standout Shaquem Griffin, the SPORTS FEATURE award also went to JOHN C. COTEY of the Tampa Bay Times.

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11. BEST DEADLINE NEWS PHOTO. For his Associated Press photo of a Trayvon Martin rally last year, the award went to independent journalist JOSEPH BROWN III.

12. BEST FEATURES PHOTO. Also for a series of photos on the Trayvon Martin rally, the BEST FEATURES PHOTO award went to JOSEPH BROWN III.

13.  BEST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION. For his series of photos on back to school that appeared in Hernando Today in 2012 the first-place award in PHOTO ILLUSTRATION went to FRED BELLET.

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14. DEADLINE REPORTING. For their story about Jaylen Arnold, a remarkable special needs student in Lakeland who is trying to stop bullying, the DEADLINE REPORTING award went to LAURA A. HARRIS, FRANK BARRERA AND COREY DIERDORFF of WFTS-TV/ABC Action News.

15. NON-DEADLINE REPORTING. Last year, ABC Action News tackled a series of stories on Domestic Violence. One piece focused on Hillsborough Deputy Lyonelle Deveaux, herself a victim of domestic violence. For their contribution to this series the NON-DEADLINE REPORTING award went to JAMISON UHLER AND ERIC MOORE.

16. COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS. For a story in its Suncoast Business Journal that outlined the tale of Lt. Colonel Gregory Celestan, a West Point graduate who turned his expertise in military intelligence and operations into a $20 million business, the COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS winner is WEDU.

17. BEST DOCUMENTARY. For a story in the “Diamonds Along the Highway’’ series on the life and artistic journey titled “Baby Artist: The Gale Fulton Ross Story,” hosted by Gus Molassis, the BEST DOCUMENTARY award went to WEDU/MCP.

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18. BEST BLOG. The judges called this blog on homeless teens a good blend of the writer’s personal situation and commentary on critical issues confronting the black community.  Winning in this category for the third year in a row, the BEST BLOG award went to KEISHA PICKETT, creator of BLACKINTHEBAY.COM.

19. BEST MULTIMEDIA STORY. This was indeed a team effort. Last year, this team created a series of stories and a moving website in memory of Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin, who died in December 2011 at 25 years old. The award for BEST MULTIMEDIA story went to City of Lakeland communications department employees KEVIN COOK, ANTWAN KEY, MIKE MUSTARD AND ROBIN TILLETT.

view Photos: Congrats 2013 Griot Award Winners!

Photos above courtesy of ANTWAN KEY.

Tickets on sale for Griot Drum media awards

It’s time to purchase your tickets for the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists’ Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet, where the chapter will honor the area’s best media coverage of people of color!

Proceeds will fund our scholarships to aspiring young minority journalists with a connection to the Tampa Bay area.
This year’s gala dinner will be keynoted by Dream Defenders executive director Phillip Agnew, who made national headlines following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Under Agnew’s leadership, a revolving door of celebrities and lawmakers were inspired to join a 31-day campout at the Florida Capitol, in which the statewide Dream Defenders’ coalition of students and young professionals urged Gov. Rick Scott to address racial profiling and the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law.

Agnew will address a banquet of about 250 of the area’s most important and influential journalists, business leaders, educators and media figures. The ceremony — which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at media research giant Nielsen’s national headquarters, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd. in Oldsmar – will feature live entertainment and an opening meet-and-greet reception to be held from 6 to 7 p.m.

TBABJ will present thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students studying journalism and communications, along with about two dozen awards to area journalists and media outlets who have excelled in covering people of color.

Tickets cost $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members or $300 for a table of eight, and include complimentary valet parking. Purchase your ticket using the secure PayPal feature on TBABJ’s website here.

If you would like to become a sponsor of this event, please contact Camille C. Spencer, immediate past president, at (813) 230-4967 or via email at tampabayabj@gmail.com, or visit the TBABJ website.

For more information on the scholarship program, click here or contact Dalia Colon at 813-419-2490 or daliacolon@gmail.com. High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students must submit completed applications by Sept. 16.

 

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2013 TBABJ Griot Drum media awards deadline extended

The deadline to submit entries to the contest is Friday, Sept. 6. Entries may be submitted online at http://tbabj.com/?page_id=838 or via U.S. mail.

Print, broadcast and online media professionals of any ethnicity can enter the contest, which honors quality coverage of people of color in the Tampa Bay area. Journalists submitting entries do not have to be a member of TBABJ, a local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The entry fee is $25 for non-TBABJ members and $20 for members.

Any individual or news organization in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties can enter materials published, broadcast or presented online between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012. There are 30 categories this year.

Award winners will be announced Oct. 12 at TBABJ’s Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet, to be held inside The Nielsen Company’s sprawling complex in Oldsmar.

Tampa Bay Times funds 10 staffers’ first entries

Attention, Tampa Bay Times employees! The first 10 staffers who act get to submit one entry in any category for free, courtesy of your employer. The move is a continuing recognition by the Times of the great work the chapter has done and a gratifying example of the newspaper’s long-standing support of the chapter’s efforts.

If you are a Times staffer, please enter at least one story, photo or multimedia presentation in the contest and feel free to encourage colleagues to enter by noting wonderful work they have done. If you are not a Times staffer, please encourage your employer to follow the Times’ lead.

Questions? Please contact Keyonna Summers, Griot Drum Awards coordinator and TBABJ vice president of print, at 813-419-2490 or via e-mail at KeyonnaSummers@yahoo.com.

Scholarship contest, tickets and sponsorships

The Griot Drum contest and banquet help fund thousands of dollars in scholarships to student journalists of color with a connection to the Tampa Bay area. This year’s applications must be postmarked by Sept. 16, 2013. For eligibility requirements, entry forms and other details, visit http://tbabj.com/?page_id=325 or contact Dalia Colon, TBABJ’s Scholarship Coordinator, at 813-419-2490 or via email at daliacolon@gmail.com.

Scholarship recipients will be honored during the 2013 Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet, which gathers 250 of the area’s most important journalists, business leaders, educators and media figures – the most influential audience in town.

Gala tickets cost $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members or $300 for a table of eight. Make your purchases at www.tbabj.com.

If you or your organization would like to make a tax-deductible sponsorship donation, please visit http://tbabj.com/?page_id=801 for details. Contact Camille C. Spencer at 813-230-4967 or via email at tampabayabj@gmail.com with questions.

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TBABJ banquet tickets can be purchased online

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Purchase your tickets now for the best local event honoring media coverage of people of color!

Tickets can be purchased online for the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists’ Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The gala dinner will begin at 7 p.m. at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost is $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members and $300 for a table of eight. Purchase your ticket using the secure PayPal feature on TBABJ’s website.

TBABJ will award thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students studying journalism and communications, along with about two dozen awards to area journalists who have excelled in covering people of color.

If you would like to become a sponsor of this event, please contact Camille C. Spencer, an editor of AOL’s Patch and immediate past president of TBABJ, at 813-230-4967 or via email at tampabayabj@gmail.com.

For more information about the media awards and scholarships, visit www.tbabj.com.


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WUSF-FM Seeks News Director in Tampa

imagesPosition Summary: The News Director is a journalism leader who thrives among highly motivated reporters in a multimedia newsroom. The successful candidate will share core values that focus on listeners, audience, quality and integrity in all areas of news reporting and management. WUSF 89.7 distinguishes itself from other news organizations by providing enterprise reporting locally and statewide with a team that focuses on health news coverage in the state of Florida, with StateImpact Florida reporting on education and by reporting each story enhanced with multimedia assets.

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Job Opening: Vice President for News at WLRN Miami

Station:                       WLRN Public Media

Company:                   South Florida Public Media/Friends of WLRN

FLSA Status:              Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:                  General Manager WLRN

Schedule:                    9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or as job demands

Location:                     Miami, Florida

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Job Opening: Tampa Bay Times Seeks Performing Arts Critic

TBTimesFrom American Stage to Freefall to Opera Tampa to Broadway shows at the Straz, the Bay area has a thriving theater scene that reaches into every community. It’s also home to the Florida Orchestra, a major symphonic group in the middle of a key search for a music director.
The position: Looking for a versatile writer and reporter who can deftly put together a breaking news story as well as insightful previews and sharp, eloquent reviews of theater and classical music performances. It’s important to be able to recognize trends and enterprise opportunities, plus pull back the curtain for a look at actors and musicians. The critic also must cover the business side of the orchestra and theater companies in these difficult financial times.
Ideal qualities
• Strong reporting skills
• Knowledge of the arts, particularly theater and music
• Embrace social media
This job is based in St. Petersburg and requires working some nights and weekends to review performances.If interested, please contact Kelly Smith at kelly@tampabay.com or 727-893-8324.

TBABJ Member Eric Deggans Receives NABJ Award

eric_4-226x300Congratulations to Tampa Bay Times TV/media critic — and former TBABJ president — Eric Deggans! He’s been selected to receive the 2013 Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists Arts and Entertainment Task Force.

Eric, author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Weilds Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, will be honored at a reception during the NABJ convention in Kissimmee later this summer.

To learn more about Eric’s accomplishments, click here… or just ask us.

 

May 4: Learn to Make the Move to PR/Marketing

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Interested in moving from the newsroom to a career in public relations? Do you want to know how to use those journalism skills to have a successful career in PR and marketing? Get these and other questions answered at the next meeting of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

The facilitator of the next “How I Did It’’ series will be Brian Butler, president of Vistra Communications. Vistra is a full-service strategic public relations and marketing solutions agency providing PR counsel and business solutions to business, government and nonprofit organizations.

A short TBABJ meeting will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4; the presentation will begin about 11:30. The meeting will be held at Vistra Communications,15436 N. Florida Ave., Suite 160, Tampa, FL 33613. Phone: 813-961-4700.

Job Opening: Food Editor at the Record (Bergen County, NJ)

forkSpecialty Editor/Food — The Record (Bergen County, NJ) is seeking an experienced editor to oversee its food, health and fitness coverage. In addition to at least five years of editing experience, this editor must have an excellent familiarity of food, dining, nutrition, fitness, diet and health issues. Versatility, creativity and superior planning skills are a must, as is the ability to work in a team-oriented environment. This editor also will be expected to write knowledgeably about food and food trends by producing breaking news and enterprise stories. If interested, please send a resume, a cover letter outlining your interest in the job and qualifications and your five best food clips to Douglas Clancy, Assistant Managing Editor, The Record, PO Box 471, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, Woodland Park, NJ 07444.

April chapter meeting to focus on the 2013 NABJ Convention

chptermtg912Are you planning to attend the 2013 NABJ National Convention in Orlando? Do you want to know how to successfully navigate the convention? If so, please join us to learn networking and interview tips at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St.,Tampa.

TBABJ members will offer strategies that will show you how to have fun at the convention AND make important contacts and connections, whether you are a student, first-time attendee or veteran journalist.

Our regular business meeting will follow promptly at noon.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Feel free to reach the membership chair at tampabayabj@gmail.com.

Job Opportunity: International Content Manager at Miles Media

jobMiles Media markets destinations and hospitality businesses by working with state tourism offices, convention & visitors bureaus, hotels and other organizations in the tourism industry to create forward thinking online, mobile, email and print content marketing solutions.
Our Content Manager will have a passion for travel and marketing, and will work with a team of professionals to ensure quality content and to help develop various types of content that inform and inspire potential visitors for our destination clients.

The Content Manager is a reader/traveler advocate, and leverages research, site analytics, client marketing objectives, and brand positioning to define and deliver compelling content across multiple platforms. He/she is a leader and people manager with the ability to think strategically and motivate a team.

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TBABJ hosting a free multimedia seminar this Saturday at USF

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In an ever-changing media business, journalists are charged with reaching their audiences on multiple media and social platforms. A host of tools and resources have become available that enhances the storytelling process, making it essential for journalists to maximize and fine-tune their skills.

On Saturday, March 23, beginning at 11 a.m., the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) will offer free multimedia journalism training.

Sessions will include insightful and interactive presentations by some of the area’s media professionals, including Demorris Lee with Pinellas County Schools’ Office of Strategic Communications; Octavio Jones, photojournalist at the Tampa Bay Times; and Micah Grimes, assignment editor at ABC Action News and social media consultant.

Learn how use the latest audio and visual software, brush up on your photography skills, and learn about the latest social media tools at this hands-on seminar.

The training is free and open to the public. Non-TBABJ members and non-journalists are all welcomed to attend.

The multimedia seminar will be held at the University of South Florida Patel Center for Global Solutions, located at 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620. Click here for map and directions to the Patel Center (CGS 101).

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to tampabayabj@gmail.com.

 

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is a local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. TBABJ strives to help ensure diversity in area media and accurate, balanced coverage of communities of color while serving as a resource for both established and aspiring communicators.

Chapter Meeting Saturday, April 6

Are you planning to attend the 2013 NABJ National Convention in Orlando? Do you want to know how to successfully navigate the convention? If so, please join us to learn networking and interview tips at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St.,Tampa.

TBABJ members will offer strategies that will show you how to have fun at the convention AND make important contacts and connections, whether you are a student, first-time attendee or veteran journalist.

Our regular business meeting will follow promptly at noon.