GAB UGA JOB FAIR SUCCESS STORY WJBF/WAGT FINDS A WINNER IN ATHENS
There is more in the offing than EEO Credits at the GAB-UGA Job Fair at The Tate Center March 20. From GAB Member Broadcaster WJBF/WAGT in Augusta comes word from their Director of Digital Journalism and Content Scott Elledge–
Caroline Daniel: “I’ll never forget the first day I walked into my introductory broadcast journalism class at the University of Georgia. My professor looked us all in the eye and said broadcast journalism is for Type A personalities. He said this career requires us to be competitive, aggressive, goal-oriented, multi-taskers, and understand that achievement requires hard work. I knew then that this was the career for me – that list of traits was me.
For the next couple of years, I took opportunities, internships, and advice that would help me be the best candidate at my senior year job fair – probably the single most important day for a broadcast journalism student. I made an account on TVjobs.com. I edited, revised, and edited my resume again more times than I can count. After every story I did in class, I added it to my reel on my external hard drive. I burned countless DVDs for my reel. I revised and printed just as many resumes, and to be honest, searched my closet for something I felt would help me stand out at the career fair. The Georgia Association of Broadcasters Job Fair, I knew, would be the most advantageous time for me to make a lasting impression, and more importantly, land a job.
The room where the GAB Job Fair was held was probably the most intimidating room I’ve ever been in. All of your peers are there with the same expectations and intentions as you – with the same competitive and aggressive personality traits as you. The environment was tense. However, every student with a dream knows that the most important tools to have with you on job fair day are confidence, a plan, and as cheesy as it sounds, a smile. I made my way down the aisles of employers, stood in line behind other students, and waited for my few minutes to make an impression. I shook hands, handed out resumes and reels, and most importantly, was the best person I knew how to be: myself.
That day at the GAB Job Fair, I did make at least one lasting impression. I was offered a job not long after from my current employer WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta. All those years of preparation and dedication have paid off and continue to pay off.
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters Job Fair gave me, as well as hundreds of other students, the chance to seek out and secure a job in the field, I believe, few people are designed for: the exciting world of broadcast journalism.”-Caroline Daniel, Producer WJBF-TV.
If you are looking for the next generation of broadcast professionals we hope you register and attend the 2013 GAB-UGA Job Fair Wednesday, March 20. Call Kathy at GAB today at 770-395-7200 for more details.
FCC Urgent Advisory Regarding Unauthorized EAS Hacks
The FCC issued the following urgent advisory in the wake of unauthorized use of EAS equipment this week.
All EAS Participants are required to take immediate action to secure their CAP EAS equipment, including resetting passwords, and ensuring CAP EAS equipment is secured behind properly configured firewalls and other defensive measures. All CAP EAS equipment manufacturer models are included in this advisory.
All Broadcast and Cable EAS Participants are urged to take the following actions immediately
EAS Participants must change all passwords on their CAP EAS equipment from default factory settings, including administrator and user accounts. These changes must be made on the network tab of your EAS unit.
EAS Participants are also urged to ensure that their firewalls and other solutions are properly configured and up-to-date.
EAS Participants are further advised to examine their CAP EAS equipment to ensure that no unauthorized alerts or messages have been set (queued) for future transmission.
If you are unable to reset the default passwords on your equipment, you may consider disconnecting your device’s Ethernet connection until those settings have been updated.
EAS Participants that have questions about securing their equipment should consult their equipment manufacturer.
If you have any questions about this advisory or other EAS issues, please contact GAB at 770-395-7200.
Severe Weather Week Hits Home: A Message From GAB President Bob Houghton
Last week Governor Deal proclaimed next week Severe Weather Awareness Week. This week Mother Nature brought us January tornadoes and storms that swept the state and once again reminded all Georgians of the dangers that come with severe weather events.
As the hardest hit communities heal and re-build, we should make a point of letting everyone know about the great service that Georgia broadcasters provided today and will continue to provide in the days following this storm. I am certain our efforts today helped saved lives and prevented serious injuries. This is what broadcasters do EVERY TIME there is an emergency, as we dedicate our people, resources and years of experience to serve our audiences in every county, in every town across the state.
Unfortunately, our message gets blurred by some important constituents, specifically the broadband and wireless faction at the FCC, as well as many emergency management officials infatuated with new and social media. Georgia broadcasters know that the web, blogging, social media and smartphone apps play an increasing role in how we all communicate. But we also know that ten thousand followers or a smaller number of re-tweets or app downloads are just a small fraction of the nine million Georgians reached every week by our state’s radio and television stations.
Next week during Severe Weather Awareness Week(Feb 4-8) we would like all broadcasters in Georgia to remind your audience and your stakeholders of the important service we provide during weather emergencies.
For radio GAB has produced a :60 Severe Weather Awareness Week in conjunction with GEMA’s Ready.Georgia campaign.
Here it is GAB Ready Georgia Severe Weather 60
GAB asks you to put this message, or a locally-crafted version of your own, in your rotation throughout next week, and weeks beyond.
We expect that most TV stations will already have severe weather promos on the air and on your websites.
We encourage all stations that create their own messages to use the themes used during Severe Weather Awareness Week. You can see those at the official site by clicking here. Obviously this campaign is timeless.
Georgia broadcasters in markets large and small served our communities, warned of danger and helped save people from injury today. It is what we do!
I urge you to ‘brag’ about our industry and your station’s efforts. If you don’t, no one else is going to tweet it.
GABBY Awards 2013 Call For Entries
2013 Gabby Award Entry Period is OPEN. There are NEW Categories for both Television and Radio. ALL entries are submitted online at Best In Media. Gabby Awards Entries are FREE. GABBY ENTRIES DUE APRIL 1, 2013
Categories and criteria? Right here.
Questions about the GABBY Awards? Call Rob Maynard at 770-395-7200 or email.
GA Special Message From Bob Houghton About The Sprint Decision To Include FM Radio On Smartphones
1/9/13 Sprint’s announcement at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show(CES) that FM Radio will be made available in their smartphones will positively effect the future of radio. Sprint became the first major carrier to activate the FM Chip in their cell phones. This is significant in that an FM signal in every cell phone would increase radio’s distribution immensely. This is the most positive development involving radio at CES in many years, making the medium look ‘cool’ in the high tech realm where that hasn’t been the case lately.
While the devil is always in the details, the potential and opportunities that this announcement and possibly others to come from major cellular players offers is a great start to 2013 for everyone in radio. Having an FM Radio in every smart phone would be great for the future of radio in America. It compares with the decision to put a radio in every car decades ago. A radio signal in every mobile phone will allow radio to maintain its ubiquitous presence in our culture.
Kudos to Emmis Communication’s Jeff Smulyan, who is credited with working this deal through with Sprint.
1/7/13 ENGINEERING FOR THE REST OF US, GAB ANNOUNCES ‘ASK THE CHIEF’
The beginning of a New Year features a new feature from GAB and our affiliated engineers. Ask The Chief is your chance to get common sense answers to engineering questions you’ve always wanted to ask but haven’t. Click here to check it out. We hope you find it useful and informative.
12/12 Angelo Ditty Passes
12/5/12 Angelo Ditty served our Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) with exceptional service as our Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) Inspector for more than 20+ years. He was the Regional Director for the FCC office in Atlanta before retiring in 1990 when he agreed to become our inspector and served GAB until late in 2011. Over those 20+ years he inspected many of our member stations, giving them a 3-year protection from a walk-in FCC inspection.
Now I appeal to you to honor his service and passing with a contribution, regardless of amount, to the Wounded Warrior Project as requested by his family. You will accomplish two good things if you do. You will honor Angelo and you will benefit our wounded warriors.
You can support the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Angelo by visiting their site here.
Memorial services were held on Friday December 7, from the Darby Funeral Home Chapel with Father Victor Reyes officiating. Interment followed in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Survivors include Wife, Carol Ditty, Roseville, CA; Sons, Angelo Ditty III, Canton, GA; Michael Ditty, Canton, GA; Daughter, Carol Nikoukary, Powder Springs, GA; 6 grandchildren also survive.
Let us all acknowledge the great service Angelo made to our GAB.
Jere L. Pigue