TBABJ 3rd Annual Seminar on Blogs and Multimedia Journalism

This is a copy of an email I received from Eric Deggans, President, Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists:

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is pleased to announce its third annual seminar on blogs and multimedia journalism.

This year’s event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday March 7 at the Tampa Tribune, 200 S. Parker St. Tampa. Head to the south building and tell the security guard in the lobby what event you’re attending. We’ll be around the corner in a small conference room.

The 2009 seminar features:

* Nathalie Voirin, managing producer for the Tampa Bay version of Gannett’s Metromix Web site and a managing producer for CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10. Nathalie works on Metromix from the center of WTSP’s newsroom, navigating the mix of traditional TV journalism, online reporting and new school entertainment coverage.

* Ken Irby, visual journalism group leader and diversity director at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. As photojournalists increasingly shoulder the load of implementing multimedia work at newspapers, Ken is on the front lines, helping organizations across the world handle the transition.

* Boyzell Hosey, director of photography for the St. Petersburg Times. Boyzell has guided the Times through making its photojournalists the focal point of multimedia efforts, from shooting and editing video for online reports to training print reporters on capturing images for their own blogs and newspaper stories.

* Ken Knight, multimedia reporter/Web producer for the Tampa Tribune/TBO.com/WFLA-Ch. 8. Ken assembles daily reports from Tampa neighborhoods for all of Media General’s platforms in the Tampa Bay area.

* Eric Deggans, TV/Media Critic, St. Petersburg Times. Eric’s blog, The Feed, has become a bit of laboratory for his many efforts at multimedia work, from showcasing video of a TV anchor’s arrest to using Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to leverage audiences to his blog at the Times Web site.

* Demorris Lee, reporter, St. Petersburg Times. Demorris has completed a number of multimedia projects after completing a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center.

During the discussions, we will talk about ways to think about expanding traditional journalism work to multimedia platforms, the advantages and challenges of blogging for journalists, the resources available for those who hope to learn more about this kind of work and examples of quality work done on different platforms.

Though this is a professional development seminar organized by the TBABJ, this seminar is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. In particular, journalists of all ethnicities and experience levels are most welcome.

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