By: Lauryn Bass, Multimedia Journalist (@itslaurynbass)
Birmingham, AL—Thursday, August 3rd, marked an exciting day for media professionals and enthusiasts at the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) Convention Weekend's exclusive event, Media Girls On Tour: Alabama. This thrilling Media Mixer, held at a prominent venue in the heart of Birmingham, gathered over 200+ Media Girls, creatives, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and journalists for an unforgettable experience.
Before the event officially began, promotion on local news platforms raised awareness about the positive impact this event has had on other tour stops, as well as what attendees could look forward to. Media Girls On Tour was featured on WBHJ-FM 95.7 Jamz as well as CBS 42! (View here: https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/media-girls-on-tour-stopping-in-birmingham-for-womens-networking-mixer/)
As the event began, the pink carpet rolled out, setting the stage for the BIGGEST media and entertainment networking social to hit the city. Attendees were treated to an evening of refreshments, connections, inspiration, and knowledge-sharing, celebrating the achievements and contributions of women and men in the media industry.
The Media Girls On Tour: Alabama event offered three captivating panels, expertly curated to cater to the diverse interests and needs of the attendees. Panel discussions were led by April B. for Women in Media, Zach Hinton for Men in Media, and Katrina H for UFE awareness with Dr.Lipman. Panelists included distinguished speakers from various media domains, covering topics ranging from career advancement to media representation and entrepreneurship. The event's inclusivity welcomed attendees from all walks of life, fostering a collaborative and supportive atmosphere.
One of the standout aspects of the Media Mixer was the opportunity to meet influential MediaGirls, creatives, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and journalists from across the country. It was an invaluable chance to network and establish meaningful connections with like-minded individuals, creating a platform for future collaborations and partnerships.
The event organizers emphasized the importance of providing equal representation to both women and men in the media industry. The three captivating panels offered insights and perspectives on how to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the industry, encouraging everyone to play their part in shaping a more inclusive media landscape.
The Media Girls On Tour: Alabama event succeeded in creating an empowering and vibrant space where attendees felt inspired and motivated. The exchange of ideas, experiences, and visions sparked the creativity and ambition of all who participated.
As the evening concluded, attendees left with plenty of social media content, renewed energy, armed with knowledge from the thought-provoking panels and armed with new connections, ready to take on new challenges in their respective media careers. Honorees received certificates and special gift bags to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to their platforms of work.
The Media Mixer was undoubtedly a highlight of the NABJ Convention Weekend in Birmingham. It demonstrated the power of bringing together diverse voices and perspectives in the media industry, and its resounding success set the bar high for future events.
Media Girls On Tour: Alabama proved to be more than just a networking event; it was a celebration of the trailblazers in media and a testament to the incredible impact that collaboration and support can have on shaping the future of the industry.
As the sun set on this memorable evening, participants eagerly await the next installment of Media Girls On Tour: New York, hopeful for an even grander and more inclusive celebration of media professionals and visionaries.
**A special thanks to our sponsors**:
Just Wright Events And Rentals (Decor)
Jevon D. Brock (Balloon Sponsor)
Shootworks (Red Carpet Support)
Avenue D Bham (Venue Sponsor)
Dr. Lipman (Event Sponsor)
(Left) : Lauryn Bass, MGN Executive Assistant (Right): Jelisa Raquel, MGN Founder + MGOT Host