You Are Invited to our 2016 Awards Banquet with Neal Vickers

Join us for the 2016 Alabama Media Professionals awards banquet. We will begin the program with remarks by broadcast news veteran Neal Vickers. Vickers' 20 years of broadcasting and photographic assignments in the military took him to several hot spots around the world, including Somalia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Iraqi border. In his civilian career, his was a familiar voice in local radio news for 15 years. Like many formerly in the news media, he has found himself in a new world of communications and is using his voice talent in new arenas. Come and find out about his new career and maybe some Q & A, time permitting.

Additionally, AMP members who won awards for their communications services accomplishments, will be honored. All those who won in the state level will then be eligible to compete in the 2016 NFPW Communications Contest. We always love to attend and see who has a chance at a national award.

When: April 21. Learn more here.


NEW SUPPORTING BUSINESS PROGRAM LAUNCHED

This is the logo that shows a company is an AMP Supporting Business.

This is the logo that shows a company is an AMP Supporting Business.

We've had requests, and now we've done it. Businesses have asked us how they can be involved with AMP as a business. The answer is our new Supporting Business program.

With some bylaws changes passed in January, we now have the structure for having businesses be involved as sponsors. This includes businesses that support our mission and businesses wanting to offer discounts to our members.

We can think of many opportunities: printers, news media companies, anyone hiring communications professionals, and many more.

There are many benefits we've provided. Check it out here.


Joan perry on advertising and bear bryant

February's meeting was a special day with a special speaker. On February 18, AMP members and other communications professionals learned about Joan Perry's production of the "Bear Bryant Show" and it's affect on the show's advertisers.

Perry is the owner and VP of PHP Communications, and produced the show for 12 years. Attendees asked her questions about advertising and found out how she, as one of the first women in Alabama to start her own ad agency, won numerous awards. We also learned some successful branding strategies, as well as some stories of what it was like to work with Bear Bryant.

Fourteen people attended at the Homewood Library. Our March meeting is planned to be a group discussion on how to find a great communications job/client in the local area.

Email Brigette Scott to receive the invitation. Nonmembers may attend by paying a small fee, or you may join AMP for only $26 a year.


It’s official. The National Federation of Press Women’s 2017 Communications Conference will be held in Birmingham, Alabama!

“You and your team put a great package together, and the NFPW officers have unanimously voted to hold the 2017 NFPW conference in Alabama,” NFPW president Teri Ehresman wrote in a June 23 email to conference co-director Elaine Miller.

“Congrats to all!!!” . . . Read More


AMP President Discusses Freedom of the Press on the Radio

(with audio)

For the second time in 2015, Alabama Media Professionals participated in a radio discussion about media issues with BizTalk show host Roy Williams. In honor of Independence Day, when it aired on www.610wagg.com, the recorded program's topic was Freedom of the Press History and How It Applies in Today's Electronic Age.

Wade Kwon, a communications consultant and Y'all Connect director, gave his perspective on whether a blogger could accurately be termed a "reporter" or "journalist" and whether bloggers should have the same access and legal protections that reporters have.. . . . Listen to the Recording