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  • 00:40

    Episode 13: A candid convo with Washington Post reporter Soraya N. McDonald

    in Writing

    This week’s episode features a candid conversation with Washington Post reporter Soraya McDonald. In this interview, you’ll recognize right away the wit that shades much of her prose.  Soraya is a graduate of Howard University and began covering the high school sports desk as an college intern. After traveling across the country completing journalism fellowship, internships, and eventually employment, Soraya returned to the Washington Post where she eventually became a staff reporter.

    I discovered her work last year when I read an article about a female gamer who had received death threats. Soraya had been covering the story for some time, and I wanted her to speak to my article writing class.

    That didn’t happen, but I’m glad this did! I’ll release her bonus material which includes a how-to make the most out of your college experience, a segment particularly helpful for students.

    In this show, you also get the 411 on a new daily humor site, The Reject Pile. Founded by writer Joel Miller, the site wants your unwanted work. Thank goodness somebody finally does!

    Visit the SHOW PAGE on Behind the Prose for Show Notes and links!

  • 00:28

    Mission Possible: Landing Your Dream Journalism Internship

    in News

    NABJ internship veterans discuss best practices when it comes to landing a summer journalism internship.
    Topics discussed will include how to craft a great cover letter, how to avoid getting caught up in postmark deadlines, resume tips and other best practices.
    NABJ Student Rep Wesley Lowery and Deputy Rep Marissa Evans will moderate.

  • 00:30

    NABJ Nat'l Convention & The AME Church General Conference

    in Business

    Summer is the season for all kinds of conventions and conferences in the African American community.  We'll highlight two recently held meetings held in New Orleans and Nashville respectively.

    The National Association of Black Journalists National Conference (NABJ) held in New Orleans and The 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church held in Nashville.
    With thousands of members in attendance NABJ and the AME General Conference are examples of Black leadership  in action.

    Award winning journalist Kelley Chunn gives us an update on the NABJ convention.  Your host, Carole Copeland Thomas brings highlights of the AME Church General Conference.


  • 00:30

    Penny Pinching: Financing a Trip to NABJ12

    in News

    NABJ convention's are worthwhile for your career, but also costly for your wallet.
    So just how can you, your fellow students and members of your NABJ chapter finance a trip to the 2012 NABJ convention in New Orleans?
    Our panelists will break down how to save, how to raise funds and what you need to know to get to NOLA.

  • 00:30

    New Media And The Face Of Journalism: An Inside Look At NABJ

    in Business

    While the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held their 38th Annual National Convention in Orlando, Florida last week, The Cleveland Plain Dealer laid off one third of its newsroom staff. Last year The New Orleans’ Times-Picayune cut staff and is now published only three days a week. The impact of these cutbacks is embedded in the mounting evidence that social media, the Internet, cable news organizations and citizen journalism have revolutionized the face of journalism throughout the world.   We’ll talk to NABJ Immediate Past President Greg Lee, Jr, newly installed President Bob Butler, Boston Chapter President Gary Washburn and Boston University Associate Professor Michelle Johnson to learn how these changes are affecting members of their association. Regardless of how you get your news, the impact of these changes are significant to all communities across the world.  Today’s show will give insight into how African American journalists are adapting to an industry in transition.
    For more information visit their website at:

  • 01:01

    Finding Internships & Navigating Office Politics

    in Jobs

    Guest Speakers will include Wendy Wilson of Essence.com,
    Demorris Lee of the St. Petersburg Times, Yanela Gordon of
    FAMU SJGC Office of Internship & Placement and NABJ
    Region III Student Director Phillip Rivers

    Brought to you by the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic
    Communication and the National Association of Black Journalists.

  • 00:30

    "Maximizing Mobile Apps To Boost Your Newsgathering Skills" with Retha Hill

    in Technology

    As smartphones and mobile apps become as commonplace as personal computers, many young journalists wonder how they can use their phones to improve their reporting.
    At 4 pm EST today, Retha Hill, a former BET.com vice president and professor who runs Arizona State University's Digital Innovation Lab, will give insight on how best to use your mobile applications in your reporting.

    Hill will be joined by NABJ Student Representative Georgia Dawkins, Deputy Student Representative Wesley Lowery and Markia Butler, President of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Association of Black Journalists.

    Feel free to tweet any questions you have for Hill to the following accounts, or use the #nabjstudents hashtag.


  • 00:15

    Entering the Newsroom

    in Business

    Join NABJ for our discussion on entering the newsroom. We will discuss ways to get the most out of your summer internship.

  • 01:01

    NABJ Programming Committee Answers Your Workshop Proposal Questions

    in Current Events

    The deadline for proposals for workshops and panels at this year's NABJ Convention & Career Fair is fast approaching. Looking for a catchy title? Have a question about finding the right panelist? Want to make sure your proposal is relevant for this year's theme: "The Power of Now: Claiming Your Destiny?" This Digital Journalism Task Force session will allow members to ask Programming Chair Dr. Sybril Bennett those questions and more to help fine tune that final proposal. We will also be joined by NABJ VP-Print Deirdre Childress. Bring your questions and your suggestions!

  • 00:32

    Managing Your Brand: Part II

    in Marketing

    This 30-minute discussion will explore personal branding techniques and best practices for the up-and-coming journalist.
    NABJ Deputy Student Representative Wesley Lowery will host the show.
    Panelist include Sidney Wright, an award winning multimedia journalist and associate producer for ABC News; and Nicole Huffington, an editorial assistant at the Huffington Post and a freelance writer for The New York Daily News.

    Part one can be heard here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/show.aspx?userurl=nabj-students&year=2011&month=02&day=21&url=managing-your-brand-on-and-off-the-web&ie8c=0

  • 01:00

    NABJ Members Review The 2010 Online News Association Conference

    in Social Networking

    Join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force on a panel featuring three members discussing their attendance at the recent ONA 2010 conference in D.C. Our panelists are Dr. Sybril Bennett, associate professor of journalism at Belmont University; Sarah Glover, staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News and PABJ President; and Doug Mitchell, chair of NABJ's Media Institute, co-director of the Ford Foundation's New U entrepreneurship program and an adjunct professor instructor at the City College of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. The panelists will discuss the workshops they attended at ONA, what they learned and how that knowledge needs to be used to help NABJ members stay relevant in the newsroom. We’ll leave plenty of time for your questions!

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