Life After Journalism - Secrets to Success

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Amani Channel's presentation from the 2009 NABJ Conference in Tampa, FL. Channel shares tips and techniques to help journalists survive life after news.

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Life After Journalism - Secrets to Success

  1. 1. Lost Your BeatLand on Your Feet2009 NABJ Conference<br />Amani Channel<br />www.visualeyemedia.com<br />www.myurbanreport.com<br />
  2. 2. About Amani<br />Freelancer – Broadcast Journalist/VJ<br />Graduate Student<br />Award-Winning Video Producer<br />Blogger – Social Media Practitioner<br />Teacher-Media Trainer<br />
  3. 3. Lost My Beat <br />‘97 Graduated from University of Florida<br />BS Telecomminication:Production<br />‘97-98 WJLA-TV (Washington, DC)<br /> ’98-’06 WTVT-TV (Tampa, FL)<br />’06-’07 Black Family Channel (Atlanta, GA)<br />BFC was sold in May ‘07<br />
  4. 4. Landed on My Feet<br />’04-Present: Graduate School Univ. of South Florida<br />‘06 created www.myurbanreport.com<br />‘07 – Present: Self-Employed (Visual Eye Media)<br /> Freelance Reporting/VJ<br />Produced Award-winning videos<br /> Media Consulting<br /> Public Speaking<br /> Teaching<br /> Contract Work <br />
  5. 5. Keys to Success<br />Focus on Passions<br />Positive Attitude<br />Education<br />Networking - Relationships<br />Professional Work<br />Social Media<br />
  6. 6. Identify Passions<br />What do you love to do?<br />What are your hobbies?<br />What are your natural gifts?<br />What are your strengths?<br />
  7. 7. Positive Attitude<br />Meditate on your goals<br />Affirmations<br />Visualizations<br />Read books about Inspiring people<br />Keep knocking, talking, searching <br />
  8. 8. Education<br />Training/Certification<br />Graduate Degree<br />License<br />
  9. 9. Networking/Relationships<br />Join professional organizations<br />Attend business networking events<br />Follow up/lunch/coffee/e-mail/social media<br />Build a positive rapport<br />
  10. 10. Professional Work<br />Be an expert in the service you are offering<br />Offer free advice/services<br />Deliver on time and on budget<br />Exceed your client’s expectations<br />
  11. 11. Social Media<br />Understand how to leverage social networks<br />LinkedIN – Professional/Business<br />Facebook – Personal/Professional<br />Twitter – News/Branding/PR/Conversations<br />Blog <br /> - Establish your personal brand<br /> - Community building<br /> - R.O.I. (Return on Influence)<br />
  12. 12. Final Thoughts<br />Job Opportunities: Web analytics, social media, community & content management.<br />Build & expand your network. <br />This is the time to expand your horizons.<br />If you don’t adapt you will become obsolete.<br />You are a moment away from your next opportunity.<br />
  13. 13. Thank You!<br />Amani Channel<br />www.visualeyemedia.com<br />www.myurbanreport.com<br />achannel@visualeyemedia.com<br /> (404) 213-2121<br />

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