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If you know of Central Florida journalists of color who have been laid off, please let us know. We’d like to keep general track of these kinds of things.

E-mail names (and contact information, if you have it) to cfabj1[at]gmail[dot]com.


It seems you’re not alone.

PR Week reports on the phenomenon of journalists seeking more PR jobs than ever — and at earlier periods in their working lives than ever before.

Here are the latest job postings we’ve received:

WKMG/TV6, Orlando

  • Temporary/part-time graphic artist
    Design experience preferred, Quantel Paintbox and AfterEffects experience helpful, Photoshop and Illustrator experience required
  • Apply to Art Director, WKMG-TV, 4466 John young Parkway, Orlando 32804

WKMG/TV6, Orlando

  • Broadcast IT specialist
  • Minimum of five yers of recent experience in broadcast maintenance or computer maintenance
  • Two-year electronics degree or equivalent, FCC license or SBE certification helpful
  • MSCE or other computer network certification preferred
  • Apply to Chief Engineer, WKMG-TV, 4466 John Young Parkway, Orlando 32804

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Preschoolers talk about their dads.

Meeting has been changed to Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m.

As usual, it will be at the Orlando Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, 32804.

Questions? Comments? Contact a board member.

There’s a new biography out about black journalism pioneer Ida B. Wells, who was known for her anti-lynching editorials. It’s called Ida: A Sword Among Lions and is written by Paula J. Giddings.

Philadelphia Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong has the word:

Wells’ militancy and strident personality may have contributed to the fact that her accomplishments weren’t always included in books about black heroes, such as that by Carter G. Woodson, the father of what would become Black History Month. “And despite her reputation as an isolated – if courageous – crank, there is ample evidence that Wells was not petulant in the sense that she refused to cooperate with those whom she personally disagreed with over matters that benefitted the race,” Giddings wrote. Remarkably, Wells managed to stay hopeful.

“In the end, she’s never bitter and she never lost hope in the ability of the country to change . . . despite the lynchings, despite all of her disappointments,” Giddings said. “I think some people lose the faith but not her. She had faith in people. In 1930, she decided that she was going to start a newspaper. She said, yes, people are in a Depression . . . but she said people are going to pay for a paper that was going to educate them.”

Wells continued to write up until her death in 1931. In fact, the biography she started in 1862 ends mid-sentence. “She was writing until she could no longer lift her hand,” said Giddings.

ACORN seeks an experienced and energetic individual to lead its national media relations efforts. The Press Coordinator will develop and implement a strategic plan to generate print and broadcast coverage of local and national ACORN’s work. Duties will include:  
– Preparing, distributing and pitching media materials to support ACORN’s campaigns for social and economic justice;  
– Building relationships with key media outlets, editors, and reporters;  
– Assisting ACORN’s national staff and 103 local offices in developing effective messages and media plans;  
– Training and supporting ACORN’s membership of community leaders from low income communities as media spokespeople.  
Requirements include:  
– Previous experience in the press, media relations, or campaigns;  
– Excellent writing skills;  
– High motivation;  
– An understanding of and commitment to community organizing and social justice work  
The Press Coordinator will report to the national Communications Director and work from ACORN’s national headquarters in New Orleans.  

More details after the jump.

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Vince Sanders

Vince (AKA Vinson) Sanders is a retired broadcaster with more than 35 years on the job. He started his career as an on-air talent in 1958 at WBEE in Chicago and retired in 1995 as Vice President and General Manager of WWRL in New York City.


Before his move to WWRL, Sanders was Vice President of Broadcast Operations at the National Black Network (NBN) from 1973 through 1983. Sanders joined NBN after leaving NBC News where he worked as an anchor/reporter from February ’71 through June ’73. He was awarded for his production and narration of “The House That Jack Built,” a critically successful piece of journalism examining the racial patterns and conditions of housing in America. This NBC special broadcast won, among others, the Gabriel Award.


More about Vince after the jump.

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WMFE – Channel 24 TV/90.7 FM/ has some jobs open:

  • Special events coordinator. Employee will assist in designing, planning, promoting, and fundraising events for public TV/radio in Central Florida.
  • Account executive. Person will sell, service and cultivate business accounts for TV, radio, member publication and Web. TV/radio experience required.

See more information about these jobs at WMFE’s Web site. Resume to

More Florida jobs after the jump.

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What is a “coffee klatch?”

Join CFABJ members Sharon Fletcher Jones and Lorraine Hill this Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. on WOKB-AM 1600 for the premier of their radio talk show, “The Koffee Klatch.”

They will discuss issues and thoughts, knowing that ideas and solutions are sparked by opinions and thought provoking conversations.

Listen to Sharon and Lorraine with the “Koffee Klatch” at 11:30 a.m. on the Urban Empowerment Broadcast on WOKB-AM 1600. Listen on the Internet at