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 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.