The Nashville Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) presented its 2013 Collegiate Media Conference on March 23 at Belmont University.
The conference, which was free and open to Middle Tennessee area high school and college students, included professional development workshops led by professional journalists, public relations practitioners and journalism educators. During the conference, students learned 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.”
Media Studies Professor Sybril Bennett was among the conference speakers, which also included local journalists 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, The Tennessean; Angela Patterson, community and corporate relations manager, Bridgestone; Peter Woolfolk, president/CEO, Communications Strategies; and Jason Luntz, social media manager, The Tennessee Tribune.