Fun with Friends at the 35-Year AMP Reunion and Celebration
On April 18, our organization brought together former and current members at The Club in Birmingham to celebrate 35 years of our organization’s history and the 2015 AMP Contest Award winners.
Former member Suzanne Dent came from Atlanta while another former member, Beth Garfrerick, and some college students traveled down from Florence, Alabama to remember good times from the early days of our organization’s activities. The room was filled with laughter and smiles.
A total of 44 enjoyed watching a slideshow video, flipping through scrapbooks, visiting old friends, watching a skit, remembering our deceased members and getting their pictures taken together. Each attendee received a booklet that tells of our organization’s history and accomplishments.
Elaine Miller handed out the awards for the 2015 AMP Communications Contest. We want to especially congratulate Nancy Dorman-Hickson for winning a $100 check for placing higher across more categories.
Journalist Randall Pinkston spoke at Q&A session hosted by AMP
Randall retired after 30 years at CBS News.
Previously he was with CBS News. After a stint as a White House Correspondent in CBS's Washington Bureau, Pinkston became a general assignment reporter, contributing to CBS broadcasts, including CBS Evening News, CBS News Sunday Morning and 48 Hours. Pinkston also contributed to the CBS Reports documentary, Legacy of Shame with Correspondent Dan Rather. Pinkston has filled in as anchor on the CBS Evening News, Up to the Minute and CBS Morning News.
He’s currently a freelance correspondent at Al Jazeera Television.
We’ve invited members of the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists as our guests.
Just for fun, watch Randall’s last report for CBS by clicking the link below.
Randall Pinkston Leaving CBS But Not Before Documenting How He Got His Start TVNewser, May 19, 2013
Announcing the AMP 35-Year Reunion and Celebration
Our April meeting will be very special. We will be welcoming back many former members to a celebration at The Club in Birmingham. Check out this link to purchase your meal ticket online - http://ampreunion.eventzilla.net
AMP/BBRC/AMA Fall Workshop
considered a success
The AMP/BBRC/AMA Fall Workshop was a success. The multi-track conference provided attendees many choices of skill-building sessions.
One attendee said he'd attended many conferences but this one was the best. He said he got enough from the first speaker to justify the cost of the conference.
Wade Kwon, of Y'all Connect talked about the collapse of the Birmingham media ecosystem. Ike Pigott, Consultant, Alabama Power talked about the Era of the Evaporating Newsroom, and the opportunities now available for freelancers.
Other topics covered included Using Twitter to Build Your Brand, Digital Automation, SCO, and an overview of the Innovation Depot & Birmingham’s Innovative ecosystem.
Stay tuned for future Alabama Media Professional’s workshops, you'll be glad you did.
Video-slideshow from the conference.
In other AMP News
AMP Pitches for NFPW Conference in 2017
The NFPW Board met in Birmingham in March for its spring meeting. During their visit, past AMP president Elaine Miller, in an effort to make Birmingham the city for the NFPW National Conference in 2017, highlighted the amenities and attractions the city has to offer.
"This was a grand opportunity to network with NFPW members from across the USA," Elaine said. They came in from Nebraska, Idaho, Virginia & DC area, Illinois, South Carolina, Kansas and other areas. She encouraged incoming AMP officers to meet with the national officers as well as headquarters staff to support the effort.
Elaine was the visionary and driving force behind the effort to land the conference in Birmingham and she worked long hours planning the agenda for the national board members.
The board members visited Vulcan Park, The Civil Rights Museum, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the 16th Street Baptist Church and other destinations.
The NFPW should make a decision in coming months on where the conference will be held.