Education — 18 March 2013
Nashville NABJ to host free Student Media Conference March 23

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will present its 2013 Collegiate Media Conference Saturday, March 23 at Belmont University. The conference is free and open to Middle Tennessee area high school and college students.

The half-day conference will include professional development workshops led by professional journalists, public relations practitioners and journalism educators. During the conference, students will learn about the variety of career opportunities in the media profession and helpful tips on landing internships opportunities and building a reputable online brand.

“NABJ has a vested interest in diversifying the journalism profession because we understand that varying ideas and interests can create more compelling stories and builds stronger credibility in a diverse community,” said Jonathan Martin, president of NABJ Nashville. “Through conferences, such as this, we seek to train and mentor the next generation of journalists of color, and hopefully give them a realistic glimpse into what they can expect in this challenging, yet rewarding career.”

The conference begins 8:30 a.m. with continental breakfast, followed by workshops at 9 a.m. Workshop topics are:
•“So, You Want to be a Journalist?: What You Need to Know”
•“Sweat, Guts and Glory: Is a PR Career Right for You?”
•Tag You’re It: Creating Your Online Brand

Several local area journalists have signed on to participate in the conference, including Vicki Yates, news anchor, WTVF-TV, NewsChannel 5, Sharon Kay, general manager and radio host, WFSK-FM 88.1, David Seals, assistant news director, WZTV-TV, Fox 17 News, Lelan Statom, meteorologist, WTVF-TV, NewsChannel 5, Sandra Weaver Long, NABJ national founder and editorial consultant, The Tennessee Tribune, Gethan Ward, business reporter, Tennessean, Angela Patterson, community and corporate relations manager, Bridgestone, Peter Woolfolk, president/CEO, Communications Strategies, Sybril Bennett, professor, Belmont University and Jason Luntz, social media manager, The Tennessee Tribune, among others.

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