Sports programming at 2009 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Tampa, Fla.

The National Association of Black Journalist’s Sports Task Force will be coordinating the following workshops at the 2009 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Tampa, Fla. More updates on STF’s programming and events will be posted here.

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Extending Your Brand–A Different Kind of Sports Radio
1 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 | Session Number/Code: 135

In a marketplace of dwindling jobs, your ability to maximize your skills over a whole host of media is crucial for long-term success. Radio continues to be an underdeveloped resource for reporters and writers of color. These professionals will discuss how to develop the unique skills necessary to impact your marketplace and increase your reach in a given area, without devolving into typical “fire the coach,” misogynistic sports talk that is typical in most markets. Non-on-air careers (producer, running boards, etc.) will also be examined.

Ready, Set, Blog!: Taking sports journalism online
3 – 4:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 6 | Session Number/Code: 132

Over the past decade the tools of print journalists in the sports industry have changed from pen and paper to blogs and broadband. With the onslaught of downsizing newspapers and magazines, many sports journalists are transitioning to the brand new world of new media. From the major league sites to powerhouse blogs to official newspaper sites, online journalism is now a mainstay of sports reporting. This panel will explore the spectrum of sports websites ā€“ from how they work to how to work for them ā€“ and will include a discussion on the next big thing in online sports journalism.

Pros and Cons: Covering the Professional and Personal Lives of Athletes
1:30 – 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 | Session Number/Code: 134

In the age of camera phones, tabloids and blogs, are athletes permitted to have a private life or is that freedom revoked in exchange for their celebrity? What rights to players have to privacy and what rights to writers have for publicity? With so many players getting their name in print for what they do off-the-court, sports superstars have become a mainstay of tabloid fodder. This session will examine the realm of covering the personal and professional lives of athletes and identifying the fine line of tabloid vs. sports journalism.