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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Atlanta snow day continued

#atlsnow #snowatl

Devin plays in the snow

Cleaning the Cars



Monday, October 4th, 2010

CNN’s Rick Sanchez fired: the discussion

by Amani Channel

If you haven’t heard, CNN’s Rick Sanchez was fired from the network on Friday.

It happened after Sanchez made comments about comedian Jon Stewart, his employer CNN, and Jews during a satellite radio interview last Thursday.

The issue was debated on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday.



Monday, August 16th, 2010

Amani Channel resigns from Public Broadcasting Atlanta

by Amani Channel
from PublicSquareAtlanta

For the past year or so, I have had the pleasure to be involved in one of the most meaningful projects in my professional media career. As you know, communications continue to evolve, and Public Broadcasting Atlanta is now creating a family of websites under the Lens on Atlanta umbrella that are designed to help us communicate and work collaboratively to make metro Atlanta a world-class city.

This project is the vision of PBA’s president Milton Clipper, and I’ve been honored to help Public Square Atlanta develop from an idea to an online community made up of some of the region’s top organizations and leaders.

We recently re-launched Public Square after hearing numerous suggestions about how to make it more user-friendly. Though we’re still fine tuning the site, it is much easier to use and has features that can be utilized to reach out to elected officials, share information and ideas, or organize.

We are now working on several specific initiatives to help the community learn about and use the tools on Public Square. That being said, I want you to be among the first to know that I am leaving Public Broadcasting Atlanta to pursue an outside opportunity. It has been a difficult decision, and I feel there is so much work to be done here; however, this is the best thing for my family right now. My last day working at PBA is Friday August 20th.

I’m hoping to continue to work on the project on an interim basis, and I believe that Public Square Atlanta is on its way to becoming a vibrant community made up of diverse discussions and interests. For that to happen, Public Square needs your help and participation. Nicole Jones, the Assistant Director of Digital Services at PBA, will continue to work on developing the community. I encourage you to reach out to her if you have any ideas or suggestions for the site.

I will miss working on this project.

If you want to stay in touch, please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, or just Google me. I’m not hard to find.

Warm Regards,

Amani Channel



Friday, May 28th, 2010

Journalism students: How to get your first news job

by Amani Channel

The good folks at Advancing the Story shared some timely ideas about how journalism students can find that first job.

The list is a good starting point for anyone looking to enter the TV news biz.

I’m going to approach this post by sharing some additional advice from the broadcast news side of things.

Before I do so, I’m assuming that you: 1) Worked as a intern during your college years; 2) You worked your butt off, and made a good impression in the newsroom; 3) If you want to work on air, you produced a resume reel to demo your reporting skills; 4) You joined a professional journalism organization; 5) You have multi-media skills including blogging, shooting, editing, photography, and writing.

So here’s my list:

1. Intern while you’re in school (that means you’ve worked for at least a semester in a newsroom getting hands on experience).
2. Know the basics of how to write a story.
3. Network with news professionals.
4. Join a professional organization.
5. Have a mentor or two.
6. Keep your ears to the ground regarding entry level opportunities.
7. Focus on getting your feet in the door (I worked on the assignment desk before I got my first reporting job).
8. Once you get your feet in the door, do your best and make a good impression even if you’re not working as a reporter (if that’s your goal).
9. Have a strong knowledge of technology including social networks.
10. Don’t get frustrated, or ever give up.

If you’re a news pro, please share your thoughts, and if you’re a student feel free to ask questions.

I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to on air reporting, but if I do, this is what I have to show:



Friday, February 12th, 2010

An Open Letter to Debra Lee (BET)

by Amani Channel

I called myself taking a brief blogging hiatus this week. I have a lot going on, and as much as I love sharing information, I kind of hit the wall.

Today, I received an email that I had to share. As a media producer, I’ve always had a love hate relationship with TV. Believe it or not, my parents took away the”idiot box” from the Channel kids twice growing up. My parents cared not for the images, commercials, and the like, and that was before we had cable!

That being said, I wanted to share an email I received. The letter first generated a bit of online buzz last summer, but it is well worth the read. It’s from a teenager who has a bone to pick with BET’s President and Chief Executive Officer Debra Lee.

Of course it’s the Internet, and I didn’t verify the source, but it will give you, and Lee something to think about.

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Dear Debra Lee,

I’m Janita Patrick, a 15-year-old African-American female from Cincinnati . Recently, I watched the 2009 BET Awards and felt the strongest urge to reach out to the program. My family is of the typical middle-class variety; both parents and four brothers. See, I’m a junior in high school (got skipped), so naturally EVERYBODY in my age group watches BET. I’m used to seeing the sagging pants, tattoos, lack of emphasis on reading and respecting women that makes up your videos. People in my class live this out everyday, while teachers tell us that we’re acting just like the people in your shows.

In your shows. That struck me as odd, because I would think that with your show being the primary outlet for black entertainers and musicians, and considering the context of blacks in this country, there’s a social responsibility factor to consider. I would never blame BET alone for the way a great deal of my classmates act and talk and dress. Everybody makes their own choices. However, if anybody is aware the power of television on impressionable minds, it’s the people running the television operations. If you are not aware, then perhaps you shouldn’t be running the operations.

Guess who watches your network the most? Not those who are intelligent enough to discern foolishness from substance, but those who are barely teenagers, impressionable and believing. It’s awfully cruel to plant seeds of ignorance in fertile minds. You know it’s really bad when the co-founder of BET, Sheila Johnson, said that she “really doesn’t watch it” anymore.

I am constantly fighting against the images and messages put forth on your program. What made you think that it’s okay to bring my classmates on stage to dance behind Lil Wayne and Drake to a song talking about boffing “every girl in the world”? Why does reality train wrecks have to thrown in our faces? Are you aware of the achievement gap going in inner-city African-American communities? A report from America ‘s Promise Alliance, a non-profit group started by Colin Powell, recently stated that 47 percent of high school students in the nation’s top 50 cities don’t graduate. (Fifty-four percent of males of color in Ingham County graduated from high school, compared to 74 percent of white males). This isn’t because of BET per se, but I don’t see any episodes on your show doing anything to counteract this disturbing trend. In fact, your show is a part of this cycle of media depicting us at our worst.

My older brother told me something about profit being the number one goal for every business. I’m not sure I understand what that means, but I do know that your shows have to be entertaining enough to generate viewers, which is how you make your money. But surely our culture is rich enough to entertain without anything extra to “boost” ratings; why the over-the-top foolery? I listen to classmates talk about Baldwin Hills like it’s the Manhattan Project. It doesn’t take much effort to produce a throng of degenerative reality shows, nor does it take much to eliminate socially conscious shows off the air. MTV isn’t much better, but since when does two wrongs ever make a right? It’s one thing for white television shows to depict us in a particular way, but for black television shows to do it is baffling.

Why do you hate us?
All of the values that my parents seek to instill in me and my brothers seems to be contradicted by a more powerful force from the media, and your show is at the forefront. Your network is the only network that features rap videos and shows exclusively to children of my color. I know that you have no control over the music that the artists put out, but you do have influence as to how you air these videos. I’m sure if a stand was taken to use the talent in your organization to actually crank out thought-provoking entertaining shows and videos, then artists will follow suit. Being that they need you as much as you need them.

There was one awkward segment in the BET Awards when Jamie Foxx singled out three black doctors-turned-authors, but the introduction was so powerless that many of the viewers had no idea who they were. Had they been introduced as Sam pson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, three brothers who overcame major obstacles to become a success without the use of lyrics that berate women, the sell of substance that destroy communities or through raps about loose gunplay, then maybe my classmates would have come to school talking about more than Beyonce, T-Pain’s BIG ASS CHAIN and Soulja Boy Tell Em’s hopping out the bed.

But they weren’t introduced like that. It seemed like a throwaway obligatory tribute to appease some irritated fans. It missed the mark. Big time. Ask Michelle Obama if she watches BET or encourages Sasha and Malia to do so. Ask President Obama. It’s a reason he is the leader of the free world, and it isn’t because of Buffoonery Exists Today.

You’d be surprised how smart young black children can be with the absence of Blacks Embarrassing Themselves. If your goal is to deter engaged, forward-thinking articulate black minds, then consider your goal fulfilled. It’s hard-pressed to think that your shows are working to promote cultural betterment. However, it’s quite easy to conclude that the destruction of black children through the glorification of immoral behavior and rushed production is by design. Poison is being swallowed by every viewer who adores your network, and the worse thing is, these viewers – my classmates – are not even aware what they’re swallowing.

There is nothing edifying for black women on your show.. I don’t judge people who do throng to your programs though; I mean, if a jet crashes in right in front of me, I’ll watch it too. That’s why I don’t flip by your channel…I don’t even want to be sucked in.

I have aspirations of acquiring a law degree and possibly entering the public sphere, so I can counteract conditions in my community perpetuated by the images on your channel. So I should thank you, because in a weird sense, your shoddy programming is the wind behind my back. And it is my hope that I can accomplish my dreams despite BET’s pictorial messages, because Lord knows it won’t be because of them.

Sincerely,

Janita Patrick
“Friendship Is Essential To The Soul”



Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

R.I.P. John Cater

by Amani Channel

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This is a true shock. Atlanta freelance news reporter John Cater passed away Tuesday morning.

I haven’t learned why or how he died, but this is sad news. Cater worked for several local Atlanta stations.

I last saw and spoke to him a few months ago at the NABJ Conference in Tampa, Florida. Though I didn’t know him well, I’ll remember his wide smile, his positive outlook, and he was a true broadcast professional.

Before moving to Atlanta, he worked at KDKA-TV and WPCW in Pittsburgh.

The AABJ Website has more information, but this really underscores the fact that you never know when your time may be up.

Live each day to the fullest. We’ll miss you John.

Update: LiveApartmentFire has more information about what happened:

“…an unknown illness hospitalized him at Thanksgiving. An infection developed. He never shook it.” Cater was 32.



Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Atlanta Daybook: Will Your Media Be Social…?

by Amani Channel

Have to keep it short, but below is the first of many articles I hope to publish through Atlanta Daybook in 2010 (@atlantadaybook).

Daybook does a great job of sharing news and event information in metro Atlanta. I appreciate this opportunity to collaborate.

from AtlantaDaybook

Last year may be remembered as the year when social media went mainstream. Celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and MC Hammer created a buzz through their Twitter accounts. News organizations like CNN, companies like Comcast, and some marketers and PR pros joined in on the social media frenzy. Some folks have figured it out, while others are still sitting on the bench waiting to jump into the game.

“2009 was about the growth of Twitter and Facebook and the power of messages and news traveling at a speed I don’t think anyone realized it could travel,” explains James Andrews, co-founder of Everywhere, a social media agency that helps brands and celebrities leverage social media for marketing and promotions.

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Monday, January 4th, 2010

AFFORDABLE VIDEO SOLUTION FOR 2010

By Amani Channel
from Visual Eye Media

Happy New Year!


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I hope you brought in 2010 right. As we get ready to implement our personal and professional plans, I want to take a moment to share some of my experiences, thoughts, and goals.

Over the past several years I’ve been working to build my media consulting/new media/video production business Visual Eye Media. 2009 was a great year. My company won two awards, we secured our biggest contract ever, I traveled the country for clients, conducted media relations workshops, video training sessions, and spoke at numerous conferences and events about traditional and new media.

If you can’t tell, media is my passion. I love to produce videos. I love to teach and talk about it. Call me a geek, but I especially enjoy using new technology and social media to share content. Believe me when I say that I would do it for free if I didn’t have any bills or financial responsibilities.

Video is the most powerful communications tool out there. It’s great for marketing, branding, public relations, training, informing, and teaching… I can go on. But as I reflected on the past year, I realized that some aren’t able to benefit from my unique services.

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