Schedule for J-Day 2015

Sponsored by the Department of Journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, February 26 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.

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J-day-JNewsSponsored by the Department of Journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, February 6 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public and all students throughout the university.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Striking Out on Your Own with Scott Jones
Reese Phifer 338 (Chip Brantley to introduce)
Entrepreneur Scott Jones is a chef and nationally recognized food and wine expert, and the former Executive Editor of Time Inc.’s Southern Living. Scott has been featured on dozens of television shows, from Paula’s Home Cooking to Food Network Challenge. Scott is currently President of JONES IS HUNGRY and JONES IS THIRSTY — culinary media companies focused on publishing, custom content, food and wine writing, and wine education.

10-11:15 a.m.: How to Get your Bearings in a New Place
Reese Phifer 338 (Scott Parrott, moderator)
A look at the good and bad ways to quickly get adjusted and settled in at a new job in a new place. Panelists include:

  • Lyons Yellin joined The Tuscaloosa News as its digital editor in August 2013. Prior to that, he spent 18 months with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune as a sports reporter and sports producer. Since graduating from the University of Alabama in 2003, Lyons has worked in film, television, radio, and print and online journalism while living in Birmingham, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Tuscaloosa.
  • Ana Rodriguez is a community reporter covering three Birmingham suburbs for AL.com/Alabama Media Group. Ana is a graduate of Florida State and a 2012 graduate of University of Alabama’s Community Journalism program.
  • Aldo Giovanni Amato is the government reporter for the Laredo (Tex.) Morning Times. Before arriving in Laredo, Aldo spent eight months at the Madison (Ala.) Record, where he wrote four stories per day for two weekly papers, produced two monthly magazines and managed three freelancers and a photographer. Aldo graduated from The University of Alabama in 2012 with a degree in journalism.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch at the new Digital Media Center
Digital Media Center in North End Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium, to the left of the stadium’s main steps

Interim Dean Jennifer Greer, Alabama Public Radio News Director Pat Duggins, and WVUA-TV Manager Steve Diorio will talk about how the new facilities for our TV and radio operations came about, where we’re going, and what it means to students.

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Oh, the Other Places You Can Go!
Reese Phifer 338 (Meredith Cummings, moderator)
A journalism degree can do more than just land you a journalism job, because people who can find information, determine what’s important, and tell it well can work nearly anywhere. These recent UA graduates will tell you how their journalism degree is and has prepared them for careers outside of the business. Panelists include:

  • Aisha Mahmood, third-year law student at UA.
  • Kristen Mather, a 2012 UA graduate working as an assistant content strategist for JWT Atlanta. Her clients include Pennzoil, Tim McGraw, Joey Logano, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Hendrick Motorsports.
  • Ethan Summers, JN 2012, UA MBA 2014.
  • Chance Gray, JN 2007, merchandise manager for country music star Jerrod Niemann.

2:15-3:30 p.m.: Eyes to See from the Other with Dr. Gabriel Tait
Reese Phifer 338 (George Daniels to introduce)
Dr. Gabriel Tait, veteran photojournalist and professor of multimedia journalism at Arkansas State University, examines how photographs taken by Liberians in Liberia are understood and communicated to others. The implications of this insider perspective offers outsiders (e.g. journalists, photojournalists, and/or advocates) an opportunity to hear from the people on a local level.

6:30-8 p.m.: Covering and Breaking Barriers with Frank Sikora and Nathan Turner – CANCELED
Reese Phifer 216 (Chris Roberts, moderator)
Frank Sikora came to Alabama a half-century ago from Ohio, where coverage of racial issues was part of his job. Nathan Turner Jr. lived the experience, in 1973 becoming the University of Alabama’s first black journalism graduate. They combined for nearly 70 years of service at The Birmingham News, where they saw changes in both the state and the state of journalism. In a Q-and-A session, they’ll talk about what they lived, saw and reported on.

Update: The University has closed as of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6. This event has been canceled.

 

Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses and the Dreams of Boys

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences and the journalism department have announced that Homer Hickam is the 2013 recipient of the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing.

Hickam will headline the journalism department’s annual J-Day on March 14, 2013. His talk, “Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses and the Dreams of Boys,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Reese Phifer, Room 216. Hickam, a native of Coalwood, W. Va., has written 14 books, including the acclaimed No. 1 New York Times memoir Rocket Boys. That book was made into the film October Sky and is being developed as a Broadway musical with Hickam as co-writer.

The rest of the J-Day line-up:

Alabama Media Group: The First Six Months
9-10:30 a.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
Alabama Media Group Vice President of Content Kevin Wendt will headline this panel of AMG editors and staff. The panel will assess the new statewide media operation’s first six months, discuss challenges faced, and talk about plans for the future.

The Power of the Crowd
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
A panel of entrepreneurial journalists will discuss the growing trend of “crowd-funded” journalism, which uses websites such as Kickstarter and Spot.us to raise money and attention. The Classical‘s David Roth will be on campus and other participants will join by Skype.

Innovations in Community Journalism
1-2 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
Students in the Community Journalism Master’s Program will showcase innovative online approaches to addressing community problems.

Barnett Wright: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World
4-5 p.m., Gorgas Library, Room 205
Birmingham News reporter Barnett Wright will discuss his new book, 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World. This is a joint session with the Diversity Forum.

College Journalism and the Law
5-6 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 216
Dr. Clay Calvert, director of the Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida and co-author of Mass Media Law, the nation’s top undergraduate textbook, will speak on current student press law and its impact on college journalists.

Homer Hickam: Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses, and the Dreams of Boys
6:30 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 216
Homer Hickam, author of 14 books including Rocket Boys and The Coalwood Way, will speak about writing and storytelling. APR News Director Pat Duggins will introduce. A Q&A will follow Hickam’s talk. See full details here: http://uanews.ua.edu/2013/03/ua-journalism-announces-2013-cason-winner-j-day-schedule/

J-Day 2012 schedule, Thursday, March 29

This year’s J-Day features an award-winning sports writer, two nationally recognized data journalists and three recent J-school graduates working three very different jobs.

Sponsored by the Department of Journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, March 29 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public and all students throughout the university.

9-10:15 a.m. Long-Distance Relationships: Doing Journalism When Your Co-Workers are Far Away, with Verna Gates (Reuters), Jason Horn (Liquor.com) and Hampton Stephens (World Politics Review). Room 338.

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Sports Journalism in the 21st Century, with Doug Segrest (Birmingham News). Room 338.

1:30-2:45 p.m. How I Got My Job, with Allyson Angle (SPC/Oxmoor House), Martin Swant (Birmingham News) and Kiri Walton (South Cobb Patch). Room 338.

3-4 p.m. Innovations in Digital Media presentations with Sarah Cole, Michelle Darrisaw, Erich Hilkert, Ana Rodriguez, Kristin Shaulis and Katie Wood — all graduate students in community journalism. Room 338.

5-6:15 p.m. Students and the First Amendment:  Free Speech Rights in Public Schools, a talk by Clay Calvert, the Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida. Room 216.

6:45-8 p.m. Figuring the Facts: Turning Data into Award-Winning Stories, with Jennifer LaFleur (ProPublica) and Andrew Lehren (The New York Times). Room 216.

J-Day 2012: Long-Distance Relationships

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 9-10:15 a.m.
Location: Reese Phifer Hall, Room 338

This J-Day panel on doing journalism when your co-workers are far away features Jason Horn, of Liquor.com; Hampton Stephens, of World Politics Review; and Verna Gates, of Reuters International.

Jason Horn
Jason Horn is assistant editor of Liquor.com, co-founder of the FoodBlogSouth food-blogging conference, blogger at TheMessyEpicure.com, and a freelance writer. He’s been obsessed with food since he learned the secret ingredient to his dad’s chicken soup at age 5, and he’s been obsessed with writing since he followed a high-school crush to a literary magazine meeting.

Hampton Stephens
Hampton Stephens is the founder and publisher of World Politics Review, an information service that provides news and analysis on international affairs. Hampton has written news and analysis for Air Force magazine, the Boston Globe and Foreign Policy, among other publications, and has appeared as a commentator on military and foreign affairs on various broadcast and cable news outlets.

Verna Gates
Verna Gates reports for Reuters International News Service, the world’s largest news organization, with 1 billion readers and 417,000 media outlets around the planet. Her career began as one of the original 50 employees of CNN who worked to launch the network. She worked for CNN as a writer/producer for four years and also reported for TIME Magazine. Over the years, she has covered some of the nation’s top stories and won numerous national awards for her articles. In 2009, she was awarded the Communicator of Achievement Award, a lifetime achievement award from the National Federation of Presswomen.

Sponsored by the department of journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, March 29 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.

J-Day 2012: How I Got My Job

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: Reese Phifer Hall, Room 338

This J-Day panel on searching for and landing a job features Allyson Angle, of SPC/Oxmoor House; Martin Swant, of the Birmingham News; and Kiri Walton, of South Cobb Patch.

Allyson Angle
A St. Louis native, Allyson Angle earned her bachelor’s and master’s in journalism from UA, where she also was a 4-year varsity student-athlete. While at UA, she worked at the Corolla, The Tuscaloosa News, Rolltide.com, Randall Reilly, The Anniston Star, and on two issues of Alpine Living. She also helped Lars Anderson report the May 23, 2011, Sports Illustrated cover story on Tuscaloosa’s tornado. She currently works in Birmingham at SPC/Oxmoor House, which is an imprint of Time Inc.

Martin Swant
Martin Swant is a business reporter for the Birmingham News. Before coming to the News, Martin worked as an editorial intern with Standard & Poor’s and at the Reuters bureau in Brussels. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he covered the Missouri legislative session and other politics for Missouri Digital News and the Columbia Missourian.

Kiri Walton
Kiri Walton is a multi-platform community journalist. She currently runs an online news site, South Cobb Patch, and covers everything that happens in and affects the people of Austell, Mableton and unincorporated Austell, Ga. Kiri graduated from the University of Alabama’s Knight Fellowship for Community Journalism master’s program in 2010. As a Knight Fellow, she wrote entertainment pieces and features for The Anniston Star. Before coming to Alabama, she worked as the sole full-time staff writer for a small community newspaper covering Williamson County in Tennessee. She has also written, freelanced and interned at the Gainesville Sun, the Tennessean, the Nashville Rage, INsite Magazine and others.

Sponsored by the department of journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, March 29 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.

J-Day Panel: High-Risk Reporting

High-Risk Reporting

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Location: Reese Phifer Hall, Room 338

This J-Day panel on the challenges of reporting in high-risk environments features Brian Bennett, foreign policy reporter for the Tribune Co. and former Baghdad bureau chief for TIME magazine; Rick Bragg, professor of writing at the University of Alabama and former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times; and Kristen Chick, a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and recent journalism graduate of the University of Alabama.

Brian Bennett, foreign policy reporter for the Tribune Co.Brian Bennett is a national security reporter for the Tribune Co. Bennett has traveled extensively in Pakistan and Afghanistan, reporting for TIME magazine on the hunt for the 9/11 masterminds and the religious education of American Taliban John Walker Lindh. Bennett was embedded during the invasion of Iraq and stayed in Iraq as TIME’s bureau chief in late 2003 and 2004.

Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor of Writing at the University of AlabamaRick Bragg is the Professor of Writing in the journalism department at the University of Alabama. He has covered race riots in Miami and political unrest in Haiti, and tracked militant Islamic fundamentalism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border after 9/11. The author of six books, Bragg won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for his work as a correspondent for the New York Times.

Kristen Chick, Cairo Correspondent for the Christian Science MonitorKristen Chick is the Cairo correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, a position she’s held since February 2010. A 2006 graduate of the University of Alabama, where she majored in journalism and political science, Chick worked as a reporter for the Washington Times before going to Cairo’s Arabic Language Institute as a Fulbright Fellow in 2007-2008.

Sponsored by the Journalism Department in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This 2011 J-Day will take place Thursday, March 31 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.

J-Day Panel: Newspapers in the Next Five Years

The Newspaper in the Next Five Years

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Location: Reese Phifer Hall, Room 338

This J-Day panel on the near-term future of newspaper features Don Hudson, executive editor of the Decatur Daily; Jonathan McElvy, Vice President, News & Development of ASP Westward; and Doug Ray, executive editor of the Tuscaloosa News.

Don Hudson, executive editor of the Daily DecaturDon Hudson is the new executive editor of the Decatur Daily. He’s the former managing editor of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., the Lansing State Journal and The Jackson Sun. Hudson started out as a sports reporter for the News-Star World in Monroe, La., and worked the sports desk as a reporter or editor for a number of newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jonathan McElvy, Vice President ASP WestwardJonathan McElvy is Vice President, News & Development at ASP Westward, a Houston-based group of community newspapers. Prior to joining Westward, McElvy spent most of his career working at newspapers in Alabama, including the Selma Times-Journal and Demopolis Times. He received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Alabama, where he also taught while pursuing his Masters.

Doug Ray, executive editor at The Tuscaloosa NewsDoug Ray is executive editor of The Tuscaloosa News, where he oversees the print edition and multiple Internet properties. The paper has won numerous state and national recognitions during his tenure. Before coming to Tuscaloosa, Doug held top editing roles in Clarksville, Tenn., and Franklin, Tenn., and worked as a reporter at The Oak Ridger (Tenn.) and The Tennessean.

Sponsored by the Journalism Department in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This 2011 J-Day will take place Thursday, March 31 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.

J-Day Panel: Reporting Cold Cases from the Civil Rights Era

Three Southern reporters whose work has led to numerous convictions in decades-old killings during the civil rights era will speak March 31 at the University of Alabama.

The panel — “Let No Victim Be Forgotten: Reporting Cold Cases from the Civil Rights Era” — begins at 6:45 p.m. in Room 216, Reese Phifer Hall.

Three feet-on-the-ground journalists who specialize in civil rights “cold cases” will be speaking:

•        Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, who won a MacArthur genius award in 2009 for reporting that has led to four convictions.

•        Stanley Nelson of The Concordia (La.) Sentinel, whose recent work on a 1965 killing led to a grand jury meeting in February.

•        John Fleming of The Anniston Star, whose work led to a guilty plea by a then-state trooper in Selma who killed a civil rights protester.

The three are part of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Its manager is Alabama native Hank Klibanoff, who shared a Pulitzer in 2007 for his book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.

The event is part of the University of Alabama’s:

·         J-Day activities sponsored by the Journalism Department.

·         “Discerning Diverse Voices: Communication and Information Symposium on Diversity,” sponsored by the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

·         Year-long William Bradford Huie centennial commemoration.

Admission to the panel is free and open to the public.

JOURNALISM DAY IS APRIL 22

The Department of Journalism will welcome six speakers Thursday, April 22, to talk to students about specialty beats and hidden opportunities in the profession. Speakers from Sports Illustrated, Southern Living, The New York Times and other publications will meet with students, faculty and staff in 338 Reese Phifer to talk about covering sports, food, travel, transportation and the environment. This is the third annual J-Day, an event sponsored by the Department of Journalism to connect students with leading professionals. The first talk is at 8:30 a.m., followed by one at 10 a.m. and the final one at 11:45. Breakfast and lunch will be served in Room 338. For a full schedule, visit the journalism department office. One of our featured speakers, Matt Wald of The New York Times, will deliver an Earth-Day talk that evening at 7:30. See http://uanews.ua.edu/2010/04/n-y-times-reporter-brings-environmental-message-to-ua-on-earth-day/ for details.