35-Year Reunion and Celebration Set for April 18


Back in 1980, a group of women formed an Alabama affiliate to the National Federation of Press Women. It was named “Alabama Media Women.” Since then the organization has seen many changes, ups and downs. But the legacy has been friendships and professional ties that linger to this day.

Now with the label of "Alabama Media Professionals," we are calling home all our former members to a celebration and to connect again with our professional peers.  This will be a reunion and a contest awards lunch in one.

Who: Members, former members, friends, spouses, and anyone with an interest.

Where: The Club in Birmingham

Date: April 18

Time: 11 - 2::15

How to register: Go Here

Hashtag: #ampreunion

We've had lots of fun tracking down our old friends and look forward to welcoming you back. If you know someone you particularly want to see there, email Tina Tidmore or call her at 205-680-6890

This reunion and contest award meeting will replace our monthly meeting for April.

See you April 18.

  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.[2]

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

Click here to view Randall's resume

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.

Elaine Miller at NFPW Board meeting

Elaine Miller at NFPW Board meeting

"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.