By Savannah Wilson
AWSM’s first Atlanta-area meet and greet was an evening of good food and drink, exchanging business cards, and networking on the patio of White Oak Kitchen in Atlanta.
The event was held concurrent with the Online News Association conference on Friday, Oct. 18. It was a great opportunity for AWSM members to catch up and share advice with the young members of the new AWSM student chapter at the University of Georgia.
Kathy Kudravi, the current chair of the AWSM executive board and editorial director of CNN Sports, organized the get-together. In addition to some of AWSM’s newest members from the University of Georgia, attendees included: Chevonne Mansfield (assistant director of media relations for the Southeatern Conference) and Latisha Hanna (communications assistant for the Southwestern Athletic Conference), who both made the trip from Birmingham, Ala.; LaChina Robinson (analyst and reporter for ESPN); Oscar Dixon (assistant sports editor, South Region, Associated Press); Vicki Michaelis (UGA professor and former AWSM president); and Staci Kramer (freelance editor and writer).
Robinson, told the UGA students, “When an employer tells you, you can’t do something … let it go in one ear and out the other.” Robinson also gave advice on how to practice reporting and how to make your way into the sports media industry.
Kramer talked to the students about interviewing athletes in a time when women were not accepted in the sports-media industry. Male athletes would do anything to make it uncomfortable for women journalists, she said. Her advice: “If you keep your composure, they will too.”
For the students, it was an excellent opportunity to feel empowered and receive advice from professionals already in the career field they are working toward.
Photos: See more pictures from the event on Facebook.