Alabama Media Professionals issues

Call for Contest Entries

Alabama Media Professionals (AMP) is kicking off its 2015 Communications Contest, and all professional communicators are invited to enter.
It doesn’t matter what type of writing you’re involved in, if you get paid for what you do,  and your work was published in 2014, then you qualify.

·       Book author?
·       Newspaper reporter?
·       Broadcast journalist?
·       Advertising copywriter?
·       Public relations director or writer?
·       Web site designer?
·       Blogger?
·       Speech writer?
·       Photographer?
·       Collegiate writer?

   Now’s your chance to get some statewide, and possibly national, recognition. You will also benefit from the comments by the judges. 

Interested?  Here's what you need to do:

                         ·       Go directly to the contest web page  and fill out the entry form. The web page provides links                to the information that will make entering easy.
                        ·       Decide which categories you want to enter.
                        ·        Provide  information as indicated, then upload your entry to the contest web site.
                        ·       Pay your fees. If you're an AMP member, that's $20 for your first entry, then $15 for each subsequent entry. If you’re not a member (and why aren’t you???), we’ll ask for $25 for your first entry and $20 for each subsequent one. However, you will be required to join AMP and the National Federation of Press Women ($100 annually) if you win first place at the state level and wish to advance to the national round.
                      ·       Observe the deadlines. Most of the entries must be in and fees paid by February 9. See contest web site for hard copy exceptions.

For information on joining AMP, go to  For more information about the communications contest, contact contest director Elaine Miller at


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.