David Aldridge’s Mentor Breakfast Success Story

Can’t decide if you want to go to the Sports Task Force Mentor Breakfast? Take a look at this story and you should have your decision. Listen to David Aldridge of Turner Sports tell the story of how the mentor breakfast worked for him and his mentee.

 Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sports Mentorship Breakfast 

I am delighted to tell you about my relationship with my mentee,Tiffany Greene.
    Because I’m old now, I can’t remember the exact year we were paired at a mentorbreakfast. But Tiffany was just getting started out of FAMU, working out of Orlando for a local news station. She had so much enthusiasm about her work and so much potential. We hit it off right away. She wanted to build her career the right way, and she did, year after year, story after story. She cut pieces. She shot pieces. She did sideline reporting for high school football games. At the time, it seemed like grunt work that would lead nowhere to her. But she was learning how to be a professional reporter, and beginning to make contacts that would serve her well down the line.
    There’s no handbook on how to be a mentor. I wanted to be a sounding board, shoulder to cry on and supporter of her dreams and goals. And as the years have gone on, Tiffany has blossomed into the reporter and person we both knew she could be. She did all the work; I just made a suggestion here or there. She’s gone up the ladder, from local to regional, and now national, doing play by play on college basketball for Fox Sports, while continuing to anchor and host for Bright House Sports in Florida. (She wants to do volleyball next!)
     She’s also grown into a delightful, charming young woman, who’s getting married to her best friend in December. I’ll be there.
     Whatever help I’ve provided for Tiffany over the years has been returned, tenfold. I’m so proud of her, and everything she’s become, and so excited about everything she’s going to become in the future!



9 Reasons Why I Ignored Your Resume

Great Tips For The Job Fair from  Mashable.com on.mash.to/1oI4swr

These tips were written for Marketers but they can apply to Journalism too.

SEE ALSO: 10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From

1. I can’t find you on Google 
Your don’t have to be popular like Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson, but you should be present enough on the web that I can easily find yourLinkedInprofile, content you have created, your Twitter account, or your personal web page just by typing your name into Google.

2. Your last tweet is from 2011



Don’t tell me you’re a digital guru if you haven’t tweeted in the last three years. You don’t have to have a million followers (though I’ll pay closer attention if you do), but you do need to be participating in the conversation on a regular basis by sharing other people’s content and staying current. A few tweets a week is enough; a month long lapse is unacceptable. I’d rather see you using one network well and not have accounts on the others, than have accounts everywhere and use none of them effectively.

3. Your public Facebook photos resemble “Frank the Tank”
Doing keg stands when you’re young is cool (believe it or not, I did a few back in the day) but there is literally no excuse for any of them to be in your public Facebook profile. Shirtless or bikini photos have no place in your public-facing profile on any network, so plan accordingly unless you’re applying to be Will Farrell’s stunt double; in which case, best of luck to you.

4. Your LinkedIn photo is a selfie
LinkedIn is, by definition, a professional network. To that end, I think it’s fair to expect your photo there to be professional-looking. Do you need a glamour shot or Annie Leibovitz-quality image to get hired? Absolutely not. But you should be looking straight to the camera, show your entire face (emo, shadowy portraits are cool for Instagram but not for LinkedIn), and be appropriately sized for the channel.

5. The only number on your resume is your phone number




Marketing is no longer arts and crafts — you need to be measurable and efficient to succeed. As a result, if your resume doesn’t include a single quantifiable metric to show your accomplishments, you’re likely not going to be a good fit on a marketing team today.

6. You speak exclusively in business babble 
Tell me what you’re doing and what you have done in a clear, concise manner — limit the business babble. No one wants to read about how you “leverage responsibilities to meaningfully impact the organization’s directional strategy.” Tell me what you marketed, sold or championed within your company and how it moved the needle — no gobbledygook required.

7. You haven’t written anything since college
Your writing sample should not be a college term paper. Now there are countless channels to publish your work, so whether you self-publish through LinkedIn, post to Medium, or just keep your own blog current, you should be able to provide a current work sample that doesn’t have your college professor’s edits all over it. Every single person on our marketing team does some form of content creation, so we need people who are exceptional and committed to publishing or producing content early and often.

8. You applied for 15 positions on our team
Being eager to join a company is a good thing; being desperate is not. Invest the time to craft a cover letter and resume tailored to the job you truly want rather than trying to boil the ocean by applying to dozens of jobs in the same category. Not sure which position is a fit based on your skill set? Shoot a quick clarifying email to the hiring manager or recruiter before applying: Doing so may help you choose the right fit based on your experience and interests.

9. You forget to use Ctrl + F 
Everyone knows spelling errors are unacceptable, but it’s amazing to me how many cover letters we get addressed to the wrong people or referencing another local company instead of HubSpot. Finding the time to create 100 different cover letters is nearly impossible, but you should have tailored cover letters and resumes for the types of positions you are applying for and invest the time and energy to ensure the company name, hiring manager and position are correctly spelled and positioned throughout your application materials.

Job hunting is hard, so don’t make it harder that it has to be. Do yourself a favor and don’t give a company a reason not to hire you before you even get to the interview. Marketing has changed, adapt your job search strategy accordingly!

What do you perceive to be resume red flags? Tell us in the comments.



Want to get in the game? Check out these Sports Task Force sponsored panels and other sports-themed panels at the 2014 Convention that will put you on the right track.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom A
Host – Opening Ceremony: Michael Smith, Host, “Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN

 Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Constitution B
Sports Mentorship Breakfast Powered By ESPN
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 311
Sports – Promised Land or Just Another Plantation?
Sports has spawned many of the most affluent and recognizable African-Americans and
their celebrity. It also has delivered “acceptable” black faces into living rooms across the
planet. But is it the land of opportunity and equality or an institution that perpetuates the
plantation mentality and distracts our community from creating real solutions for the
other 99.5 percent? While a small minority of athletes hit the lottery, sports is rife with
elitism, racists views and virulent fans. Consider that just as many people were offended by Richard Sherman as were disturbed by Donald Sterling. Every time we cite passion as the reason fans are excused from racist chants and hateful social media it signals there is nothing to fix. Sports is often viewed as the progressive place where social
issues play out a head of the curve. But is the sports industry in position to take up the
fight against the new racism? Can we challenge its owners and the media executives to
be bold leaders when the business model is working just fine for them?
Moderator: Elle Duncan, Reporter/Host New England Sports Network
Greg Anthony, NBA/College Basketball Analyst, CBS/Turner
Bomani Jones, Co-Host, Highly Questionable, ESPN, Radio Host
Dr. Richard Lapchick, Endowed Chair, DeVos Sports Business Management Program,University of Central Florida /Founder of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society(CSSS), Northeastern University/Author of the Annual Report Card on Race and Diversity in Sports
Michael Wilbon, ESPN Host, Sports Columnist, The Washington Post
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Fenway Park
Boston Chapter Experience (RSVP for the waitlist to gain entry, link below)

The Boston Globe and Boston Association of Black Journalists welcome NABJ to Boston   Ever since colonial times, African Americans have helped to shape the history …
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Friday, August 1, 2014

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 302
Do the Pro Leagues Really Get Diversity and Inclusion?
Powered by NASCAR
Sports and entertainment organizations are constantly challenged with growing and
measuring the relevancy and impact of their D&I efforts. This session will engage
participants in a conversation with an expert panel representing NASCAR and other
prominent sports leagues. The panel will address what each organization is doing in the
diversity and inclusion arena and ways that journalists can better engage with these
organizations in covering this topic and other related growth areas.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 311
The State of the Black Sports Reporter in Today’s Age
What is the true state of black sports reporters in newspapers? White reporters and
columnists outweigh their black newspapers counterparts by a landslide. A lot of black
sportswriters are going to the Internet in other capacities. There is also a perception that
most black reporters are covering the NBA or NFL. There is also talk that black sports
reporters won’t work in small towns, which hurts staffing numbers too. What lies ahead
for black sportswriters in print and online media? Is the black sportswriter becoming
extinct? Additionally, is social media taking the place of traditional media and the
sportswriter? Specifically in sports, athletes are immediately taking to social media to
express their feelings about the outcome of a game, their teammates, opponents
instead of waiting until the press conference. By the time reporters file their stories, the
news’ shelf life is expiring. How does a reporter remain valid when the scoop is no longer exclusive but shared with the world in a matter of seconds?
LaChina Robinson, NBA-TV Analyst/Reporter

Carlton Thompson, Executive Editor, MLB.com
Gary Washburn, National Basketball Reporter, Boston Globe
Mike Freeman, NFL Insider forBleacherReport.co

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 310
TMZ, Reality Shows and Sports Journalism’s New Normal
It’s not enough to just cover your beat anymore. Sports stars are pop culture celebrities
and, in a few cases, pop culture superstars. What are the lines by which we define the
new normal? How does a site like TMZ Sports change our perspective on what it means
to cover athletes off the court? What tools can journalists take with them to cover the
other side of this emerging and permanent trend? We will cover three themes: NBA and
fashion, pop culture associations, gossip and reality shows (Basketball Wives), and
what journalistic principles should reporters and decision makers take into their news
Darren Sands, Sports Business editor, Black Enterprise
J.A. Adande, ESPN/ESPN.com reporter and columnist
Monique Walker Jones, NFL-Ravens Editor/Sports Content Editor, The Baltimore Sun
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Constitution A
Sports Pioneer Awards Ceremony

(Press release is attached in this e-mail)

10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Location: House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA.
Ticket required to attend party (link below).

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(Print out confirmation and bring it with you when you pick up your registration badge or buy your ticket at registration)

Saturday, August 1, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NABJ Golf Tournament
Location: William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121
Transportation will be provided
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 311
Being a Black Celtic
There are a lot of truths and misconceptions on what it was like to be black on the
Celtics.The following would be a panel with former Celtics great and a current player to
tell the truth being the perception of racism from the team, city, media and fans in
Boston and the reality of it. Confident I can get former Celtics Satch Sanders, JoJo
White and Cedric Maxwell and patriarch Red Auerbach’s daughter to join. Also would
work on getting NBA All-Star Rajon Rondo. With the convention being in Boston, such a
plenary discussion would be educational and fun to hear. Such might even get some
local and national attention. I used to cover the Boston Celtics for The Boston Globe
and heard a lot of interesting things that Bill Russell and others went through. But a lot
of people don’t know that the Celtics made the first NBA trade for a black player, had
one of the three first black players in NBA history, and had the first black coach and
more. It could be a great panel discussion.
Moderator: A. Sherrod Blakely, Comcast SportsNet New England
Satch Sanders, Former Celtic
Cedric Maxwell, Former Celtic
Jared Sullinger, Current Celtic
Ron Thomas, Member, NABJ Sports Task Force, Director, Journalism Program, Morehouse College
Doc Rivers, Former Celtics Head Coach, Head Coach & VP of Basketball Operations,Los Angeles Clippers
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 206
Rapid Fire Roundtable: How Did You Do It?
Major stories of the year are covered by all media (TV, magazines, print, radio,
online/blogs, social) but all covered differently. How does each medium cover each
story, make it interesting and keeping readers engaged? During this panel, top media
professionals from each platform will discuss how they covered the top news stories
from 2013-14. Major stories of the year are covered by all media (TV, magazines, print,
radio, online/blogs, social) but all covered differently. How does each medium cover
each story, make it interesting and keeping readers engaged? During this panel, top
media professionals from each platform will discuss how they covered the top news
stories from 2013-14. Each media professional will provide tips and techniques on how
they made their version of the story stand out and will offer attendees advice on how
they can develop stories that appeal to their audience.
Nischelle Turner, Headline News Entertainment Reporter
Michael Bullerdick, Managing Editor, Essence Magazine
Michael Doyle, Managing Editor, NBA Digital
Marc Spears, NBA Writer, Yahoo! Sports

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 205
NABJ Sports Task Force Business Meeting
(All sports taskforce members should attend)

Come meet the board of the NABJ Sports Task Force and hear what exciting things the task force has done this year and what we have coming up.