Recap of NABJ Region III Convention
This yr’s conference for Area III happened in Birmingham, Alabama, April 5-6. AABJ President Carol Gantt attended the conference, as did many AABJ members together with Fox 5 anchor/reporter Kerry Charles and CNN digital trending information author Doug Criss. Right here’s a look back at the conference in historic Birmingham.
Learning to serve whereas being nice
By Louis Deas
“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as soon as stated.
But how many people can serve whereas being great?
We’re all striving to be great. Nevertheless, Atlanta resident Eldredge Washington, 29, has confirmed that within the midst of striving for personal greatness, there’s nonetheless time to offer back to others by means of volunteerism, activism, and repair.
Because the founding father of a non-profit Motivated Adults Creating Excellence (M.A.D.E) and co-founder of the startup tech company Spendefy, Washington has navigated multiple layers of the social sphere. Despite his accomplishments he’s as humble as he’s charismatic and continually thinks of others earlier than he thinks about himself. A man of character and integrity, he has unwittingly positioned himself as a task mannequin for everybody looking for to serve while being nice.
A native of Monroe, Georgia, Washington has grow to be part of the material and inner-workings of Atlanta’s entrepreneurial and social good communities. Launching his youth empowerment group, M.A.D.E, when he was solely 17 years previous, he sought to rework the lives of others by actively selling cross-generational interplay and dialogue between adults and youth by means of mentorship.
“Just seeing the everyday impact of sitting down and talking with students, letting them know you care and that you’re available gives you that ‘wow’ feeling,” Washington stated. “More important than the feeling, though, is seeing their lives change for the better.”
Lively and effervescent with subdued power and excitement, Washington has a magnetic draw that draws individuals into his orbit and evokes them to serve in their own approach on some degree.
“People want to give back to their community, but many times don’t have time and don’t know how. I help them see that there’s no shortage of ways and more than enough opportunities to make an impact,” he says.
Years spent as a nonprofit leader has taught Washington that whereas service is sweet, the group is greatest served when good hearted individuals with choice making and economic energy could be counted as true allies. Motivated to turn into such an ally and have a good larger influence for the African-American group, Washington and his co-founder, Antwon Davis, launched Spendefy — an internet based mostly software designed to advertise black companies and to dare its users to “spend different”.
“Spendefy is just an outgrowth of my passion for community and sustainable transformation,” Washington stated. “When we strengthen the power of the Black dollar and support each other on the grassroots level, we can begin to see real changes from the bottom up.”
In addition to mentoring college students, main social change in the neighborhoods and building socially minded businesses, Washington is lively in his local church and engages with other civically minded groups who share his similar imaginative and prescient for group uplift.
“It’s easier to go it alone to get all of the glory, but we have a greater chance of success and can touch more lives when we pool our resources, talents, and connections to achieve the greater good,” Washington stated.
Washington’s daring to put his group first has impressed countless individuals — younger and previous alike — to check greatness for themselves by way of service and entrepreneurship. His journey is simply beginning, however he’s proven to be a true leader dedicated to uplifting his group via mentorship, financial empowerment, and group activism.
Louis Deas is the founder of Assured Hope
AABJ On-line Fundraiser: 43 Years Marketing campaign
AABJ’s $43 for 43 fundraising marketing campaign continues to be ongoing. In its 43rd yr, we are asking members to donate $43 to go in the direction of programming, scholarships, and occasions all year long. You’ll want to invite your mates, coworkers and anyone you recognize that helps our members in print, communications, public relations, radio, broadcast, digital and the various trailblazers within the literary world. Make sure you share our marketing campaign in your social media through the use of the hashtag #AABJ43.
You’ll be able to donate here.
The best way to prepare for life after school
By Mariah Hill
In relation to students’ senior yr of school, there tends to be a niche between the campus setting and “the real world.” Every scholar fears whether she or he is prepared for the opportunities that sometimes gained’t fall of their lap once they’re not a scholar anymore.
There’s the also the question whether or not the establishment the students attended ready them for the “real world.” Some college students blame themselves for not benefiting from opportunities introduced to them.
“Clark gives you a glimpse into the real world and doesn’t hold your hand … That’s how the real world is,” stated Frank Jefferson, a senior at Clark Atlanta College.
Every institution typically held profession festivals the place students are capable of meet professionals for potential internships that would flip right into a job within the scholar’s interested subject.
Students might also be a part of organizations that put them in the position to community with professionals or an outdoor group the place college students can get hands-on opportunities.
“My best advice would be to seek out the opportunities yourself, be assertive but not aggressive and follow up with those who you have connected with over the past few years in college,” Nailah Heard a Senior at Clark Atlanta University stated.
Finally students need to feel absolutely prepared for all times after school. Professionals say “that is when the hard work begins.”
Mariah Hill is a junior at Clark Atlanta University
Member Spotlight: Ray Metoyer, previous AABJ president
Present place in AABJ?
Technically I don’t have a present position in AABJ, but I’m a very lively member. I am a previous AABJ President, who served from 2005-2008. Throughout that point, I used to be blessed to be the President when AABJ hosted the NABJ convention in 2005 and AABJ/Atlanta did a tremendous job.
How lengthy have you ever been a member of AABJ?
I’ve been a member of AABJ since 1994, right after I relocated here to be an anchor/reporter for WGNX, which is now WGCL. My membership in AABJ is related to my membership in NABJ, the place I served on the NABJ Board from 1989 to 1991. I used to be a chapter president in Denver and my hometown of Omaha.
Where did you attend school?
I graduated from the University of Nebraska/Lincoln where I majored in journalism.
How lengthy have you lived in Atlanta?
I’ve lived in Atlanta since 1994 and I continue to work as a journalist.
Presently I’m the managing editor for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Lawmakers” program, masking the legislature when it’s in session. The rest of the yr I work on freelance tasks. I started my career in broadcasting in Omaha before shifting to Denver, Little Rock, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta, both in entrance of and behind the digital camera.
What do you want most about being a member of AABJ?
Being a member of AABJ is necessary as a result of our voices must be heard in Atlanta. The range of media individuals right here is the direct result of the push for change by NABJ/AABJ. It is our job to level out issues that have to be corrected, together with how our communities are coated by mainstream media. Questions we’ve raised regionally and nationally have made a distinction in changing unfair practices, but we will never let up. Dangerous habits, lazy reporting and cultural vanity in protection have a means of coming back and we’ve to be there waiting.
What initially obtained you interested by the media/communications area?
I used to be all the time fascinated with tv production and storytelling. I acquired my first introduction to TV whereas in high school. I joined a Junior Achievement company, run by an area Omaha TV station, WOWT-TV, where we produced our personal packages. Once I was a sophomore in school, I used to be employed part time by that station, working summers as a reporter/photographer, earlier than being hired full time after I graduated. Beginning as a photographer made me a greater storyteller because I discovered to see every story by way of the lens of the digital camera.
What are your favourite publications/retailers to get your news?
I watch and skim media daily, CNN, MSNBC, native news, PBS, AJC, and the NY Occasions to call a couple of. I’m fascinated by great storytelling and the way things are produced and that features films, documentaries and particular packages.
Is there anybody in media you look up to? Why?
Former CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent Ed Bradley stays certainly one of my largest heroes because he was such a trailblazer within the business and he commanded respect. I also respect ABC’s Robin Roberts due to her bravery in preventing cancer, whereas maintaining a excessive degree of professionalism in her lead position on Good Morning America. She brings nice JOY to her work and shares it daily.
What’s an fascinating reality about you individuals wouldn’t have otherwise recognized?
Most individuals don’t know I’m a musician; a percussionist since high school. I’ve produced the music and soundtrack for 3 documentaries. In 2018 I created the music for a brand new TV program referred to as “Secrets of the Caribbean,” which is presently being distributed on smaller TV networks and online. Creating music and the environment for TV packages and productions can also be an necessary a part of storytelling!
This version of the Byline was edited by Amir Vera and Shalon Bell