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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


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Saturday, August 8th, 2009


by A.man.I
Photo Courtesy Mario Page

Amani Channel NABJ Panel

The 2009 NABJ Conference
in Tampa, Florida is a wrap for me. It was a busy week of networking, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and sharing some knowledge.

On Wednesday, I participated in a daylong discussion about freelancing. The day included panel discussions, and break out sessions for the participants. We covered everything from how to structure your business, to sharing tips, and the mistakes we’ve made.

Thursday morning, I returned to WTVT-TV to visit my former station. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I worked in Tampa, and though the station has changed a bit, some things haven’t. The highlight of the day was running into veteran cameraman Marc Zewalk (WTVT-TV) at the conference. He interviewed me about my thoughts on the state of the media.

That afternoon I participated on another panel discussion organized by fellow Atlanta journalist Faith Murphy Knight entitled, “Lost Your Beat. Land on Your Feet.” The discussion focused on helping journalists figure out how to rebound after a job loss, or transition into another profession.

Here are a few observations:
The job fair was sparse: NBC wasn’t even even here this year, and normally that is the must visit company. It’s an indication of the state of the industry. Few are hiring, though one talent agent I spoke to said that people are being placed. It has to be extremely competitive.

Journalists seem to be behind the curve when it comes to digital and social media
: Many of the break out sessions focused on digital media, social media, or career transitioning. In general I believe that many traditional journalists will be replaced by a new generation of media makers who understand how to navigate social networks, report, write, and produce multi-media.

As a broadcast journalist, it is obvious that the one-man-band reporting jobs will soon dominate the industry. Most big market TV stations across the country are hiring video journalists, and one CBS news manager told me that he tells all veteran reporters to at least know how to edit, and all students to know how to do it all.

On top of that, jobs are being phased out to cut costs. My former station is finally getting robotic cameras which will put camera operators out of work. A new graphics system is now in place and the producers now create their own over the shoulder graphics, and like many shops, there have been layoffs.

I have to give a special thanks to the City of Tampa, WTVT-TV, the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists, NABJ, AABJ, FMK, Chad Soriano (thanks for the phots), Mario Page, Xavier with Rent-A-Center, Marc Zewalk, Daphne and Devin Channel, and all you storytellers who are trying to survive.


NABJ09 Flickr Photos

NABJ09 LeBron James event (live blog)

If you find any other good links share them, and I’ll post.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009


by A.man.I

This week I’m returning the Bay Area. Not the SF Bay Area from which I hail, but my second home Tampa, Florida.

Every year I try to attend the National Association of Black Journalists national conference, and this year I’m especially excited because it’s giving me a great excuse to return to the Sunshine State.

Since leaving Fox in 2006, I have reinvented myself primarily through social media, and I’ve been asked to share my experiences and knowledge with convention goers during two conference workshops.

On Wednesday, I’m participating on a day long workshop about freelancing, and on Thursday, I’m presenting on a panel entitled “Lost Your Beat. Land on Your Feet.”

I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned as a self-employed broadcaster/social media practitioner, and catching up with old friends and colleagues.

The National Association of Black Journalists is a great professional organization. Just about every news job I’ve landed has been because of a relationship I’ve established through NABJ.

My posts this week will primarily focus on the conference.

If you didn’t know, I worked at WTVT-Fox 13 from ’98-’06 as a general assignment news reporter.

Watch below.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009


What does it mean to be an American? So often we think of the phrases like, “land of liberty,” or “home of the brave.” If you ask people around you, you may be surprised by their responses.

My brother Salim Channel took his video camera out on the streets of Northern California to find out what people think about what it means. The answers are as diverse as this nation’s population.

What does it mean to you?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


from CNN Press Release


Online at www.CNN.com/MichaelJackson, CNN.com will provide special coverage of Jackson’s memorial service and all related events in their entirety through a wide variety of elements, including live streaming and on-demand video, in-depth articles, photo galleries, and special interactives. In addition, CNN.com producers and correspondents will blog live from Los Angeles throughout the day.

CNN.com is once again utilizing Facebook Connect granting Internet users across the globe the ability to watch the memorial service live while communicating with their Friends on Facebook – and other Jackson fans around the world – without leaving the CNN.com Live video player. CNN.com Live begins live coverage starting at 8:30 a.m. (ET) with a special noon show before the complete live coverage of the memorial service begins at 1 p.m. (ET.) Additionally, CNN.com will offer replays of the entire memorial service at 4 p.m. (ET) and 7 p.m. (ET.) iReport.com, the network’s user-generated online news community, continues to invite contributors to share their thoughts and memories of Michael Jackson, as well as submit and share their videos and photos.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


by A.man.I

Vibe Magazine ends
its 16-year run.

15-year old female teen plans to make aviation history.

Atlanta social media strategist featured on CNN.

My former Fox 13 (Tampa, FL) colleague Frank Robertson signs off.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009


From Grayson Daughters

Here’s a video interview with Atlanta-area IT security expert, Ariel Silverstone, with an explanation we can actually understand!

Sliverstone explains how it’s possible for the unrest in Iran to arrive, uncensored, via the internet.

Silverstone also addresses the global initiative to keep the internet available to all. He talks about the years of Iran-related media now stored on YouTube/Google. And he discusses internet control, privacy issues, and pending legislation regarding the internet in the United States.

And what about a country such as Korea?!

More about Silverstone, and his blog, are here:

Iran and the Internet: A Conversation With Ariel Silverstone. 6-22-09 from Grayson Daughters on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009


by A.man.I

If you’re a PR professional, and you don’t know about Peter Shankman’s HARO e-newsletter, you need to check it out.

Shankman is in Atlanta to speak at the monthly PRSA meeting, and he attended a Tweet Up organized in his honor.

Shankman sat down with My Urban Report to discuss HARO, and social media.

Interview by Grayson Daughters
Camera & Edtiting by Amani Channel

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