It takes a village.
I helped build one at this year's NABJ/NAHJ Conference in Washington D.C.
As a representative of KPBS News and the Next Generation Leadership Fellowship, I joined public media stations from around the nation in an exciting collaboration to raise awareness about public media and career opportunities at our organizations.
After months of conference calls, it was a pleasure to finally meet an incredible group of journalists and managers who were passionate about the public media mission. Many were impressed by how this village, from banner placement to Google forms, came together so organically.
Our Theme: Think Public Media. The theme followed our village from Day 1: from table tents to Twitter hashtags (#thinkpublicmedia). It followed journalists outside of the conference with a site for all of our job openings and blogs about working in the public media world: thinkpublicmedia.org.
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The village offered a crash course in conference call etiquette and project management. All member stations were generous with their time, experience and resources. It was amazing to review all the photos and videos submitted by stations for the slideshow project, showing people working on camera, behind the mic and behind the scenes. For me, this was an education about the people who make a difference in the public media system. For me, this was an education about the people who make a difference in the public media system. (WATCH: How the News is Made: MPR News with Kerri Miller)
"Your booth was buzzing!" said one of the visitors to our Public Media Village at the NABJ/NAHJ Job Fair.
I thought the public media village helped my station and others connect with talented reporters and producers who attended one of the biggest journalism conferences in the nation. I enjoyed seeing my colleagues from other stations checking out our space at the job fair. They told me they were intrigued by my transition from commercial media and they were interested in focusing on in-depth stories that matter to their communities. They tried to imagine working in a newsroom that gave them the time to develop sources and story ideas, without the constant drumbeat of filling a vast newshole. They were curious to see if they could also make the transition.