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December 31, 2012 / uofmnabj

Spotlight: Kelsey Semien Joins The Conversation.

She has covered topics ranging from smoking bans on university campuses to tigers’ tongues disappearing, now Kelsey Semien brings her dynamic reporting and interviewing skills to the online-video news magazine The Conversation.

As a reporter, she is passionate about getting the human side and heart of every story.

Semien has produced, anchored and reported for the University of Memphis’ campus news program Insight News.

She is a freelance reporter for The Jackson Sun a newspaper published in Jackson, Tennessee.

In addition to joining The Conversation, in 2013, the anchor will begin reporting online for the hyperlocal website MicroMemphis and joins the University of Memphis chapter of NABJ as the organization’s media director.

Learn more about the new co-host at & on The Conversation’s website.

October 15, 2012 / Joshua L. Bolden

Spotlight: Caray Grace Oldham

Congrats and big ups are in order for, journalist and Memphis Tiger, Caray Grace Oldham.

Oldham landed a gig reporting for the Tiger Sports Network where she recently covered the Tigers first win of the season against Rice.
Watch Below.

Oldham’s interviews have ranged from civil rights trailblazers to rising NFL stars.

As a sports journalist, Oldham’s career goals are to take viewers on and beyond the sidelines.

In addition to reporting for TSN, the University of Memphis’ Student Government Association president is an anchor, producer and reporter for UMTV’s Insight News as well as the weekday sports and evening driving host for WBBP radio.

Follow Oldham on Twitter: @CarayGrace.

Congratulations Caray Grace!

–from JB & the NABJ team.

September 27, 2012 / uofmnabj

Change Continues On The Conversation.

The season of new and the season of change continues on U of M-NABJ’s The Conversation.

BreAnna with NBA’s Penny Hardaway.

The independently led online-talk show wraps its second season, in about a week, with local “social media guru,” Dr. Carrie Brown.

As the show enters its third season (and several “Convo” hosts having graduated or are graduating soon), joining Danielle, Raven and Joshua is another young talent, BreAnna Boyd.

Boyd is a senior broadcast and multimedia journalist who has worked at WMC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Memphis, and is currently working on the 2012 season of University of Memphis’ Insight News.

Through journalism Boyd aims to take her viewers beyond borders and give a better understanding of the world around them.

In addition to journalism, Boyd has her hand in modeling, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Jessica’s standup in Chattanooga, TN.

Joining our Akilah on the correspondent side of The Conversation is Jessica Chavers.

Chavers is senior broadcast journalism major who is also currently working on Insight News.

Chavers is a special correspondent whose goal is to the showcase the people affected by the hot button issues The Conversation covers.

The third season of The Conversation begins in late 2012.

August 14, 2012 / uofmnabj

Coming Soon On The Conversation—Big Sue.

K97’s Big Sue

An iconic Memphis voice is coming this August to NABJ’s talk show The Conversation.

This month Akilah sits down with the lady who wears many hats at K97.1.

She is a morning co-host, midday personality and producer Big Sue.

She has been a staple in the Mid-South community for over half a decade but how much do you know about the radio DJ?

Plus “ya girl Suzie” breaks down the ins and outs of the radio industry on both sides of the mic—for artists and broadcasters.

Stay tuned all this week for sneak peeks of the interview coming to you this month!

March 25, 2012 / uofmnabj

Time To Grind: Stop The Hurt, Start The Healing & Get Discounted Grizz Tickets!



Support one of our own by purchasing a discounted ticket for the April 9th Grizz v. Clippers game. In turn you will be aiding “Stop the Hurt. Start the Healing.”

From Sheila Guerrero

The Memphis Grizzlies and Stop the Hurt. Start the Healing. Foundation have teamed up for our second fundraiser night! Grizzlies vs. Clippers game April 9th at the FedEx Forum 7pm! For discounted tickets call MaKinzie Foos at 901.205.1460 and remember to mention Stop the Hurt. Start the Healing. for discount!

January 24, 2012 / uofmnabj

New Year! First Meeting!

From Hannah Christina Owenga
Secretary, NABJ-U of M


NABJ will be having their first meeting, tomorrow, January 25th at 1:30 p.m. in room 108.

You will have the opportunity to meet your NABJ executives and fellow NABJ members.

At this meeting, NABJ will be discussing freelance positions, community service opportunities and how you can plan to attend our upcoming trip to New Orleans.

Dues are now $5 for students interested in joining.

For students with conflicting schedules, please email NABJ’s president, Erica Horton at and visit us online at

We look forward to meeting all the new faces!

What: NABJ meeting
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Where: Room 108 (Meeman Bldg)

January 16, 2012 / uofmnabj

Spring 2012 Meetings.

BRAND NEW. Never miss another meeting again with the U of M NABJ calendar now accessible online.

Located on the home & interact pages (and in this post below).

It’s also printable so put those dates in your phone, planners etc!

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 1p in room 108.

If you are unable to attend those Wednesdays we will have recap meetings on Thursdays of the following week.

Come join us.

Hope to see you all this coming Wednesday at our RSO booth at 12:30p!


December 10, 2011 / uofmnabj

The Conversation’s Newest Co-host Makes “Convo” History.

Akilah is the newest co-host on U of MABJ's online video newsmag The Conversation.

The Conversation’s newest co-host, Akilah, has made “Conversation” history.

According to, which hosts and distributes The Conversation, the broadcast journalism major’s interview with jazz artist and saxophonist Mike Sax (of Michael Holt & the Nu Age Sound) is the first episode to reach more than 100 views in less than a 24-hour period.

In the interview Mike and Akilah discuss how the jazz artist started his career, his biggest influences and his upcoming album.

Check out the condensed version below and watch the full version on The Conversation‘s official website.

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Akilah comes to the University of Memphis as a transfer student from Tennessee State University. She is interested in entertainment journalism and wants to work alongside television journalists and personalities such as Shaun Robinson, AJ Calloway, and LaLa Anthony.

In addition to joining The Conversation, Akilah is a radio personality for WUMR (the only jazz station in Memphis) and is in the process of developing AkilahSPEAKS her own online show about what’s happening in the world of news and pop culture.

Congratulations Akilah!

—from Joshua and the entire UM-NABJ & NABJConvo team.

Connect with Akilah online:

Akilah’s Official Website.

October 24, 2011 / uofmnabj

U of M Journalism Recruitment Fair-10/26 #iamjournalist

From Angela Beckham on behalf of Darrin Devault.

Dear Journalism Majors:

You are invited to attend the annual U of M Journalism Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Meeman Journalism Building lobby.

Professors will be available to answer questions about the journalism concentrations (advertising, news and public relations) and job prospects in media fields.

 And, if you have classmates interested in journalism, you may also invite them to attend.

 Light breakfast food will be provided, and you’ll have a chance to win door prizes.

Also, student officers with the four journalism organizations (Society of Professional Journalists, Advertising Federation, National Association of Black Journalists, and the Public Relations Student Society of America) will be on hand to discuss membership opportunities.

 Twitter Hastag: #iamjournalist

UMABJNote: if you would like to pay your $10 UMABJ dues you may.

October 8, 2011 / Joshua L. Bolden

UM NABJ’s Lurene Kelley Makes Memphis’ Top 40 Under 40

Dr. Lurene Kelley (from the Commercial Appeal)

Dr. Lurene Kelley, University of Memphis broadcast journalism professor and "Top 40 Under 40" recipent

Dr. Lurene Kelley our chapter adviser and one of the most innovative professors in the journalism department has received top honors from the Memphis Business Journal.

The journal recently released the names of its “Top 40 Under 40”  and Kelley is among them.

Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

From the digital edition of the Memphis Business Journal.

from University of Memphis’ Professional Development Initiative

The annual award “salutes the best and brightest men and women under the age of 40 in the Memphis and Mid-South area.  They are the people who have made significant contributions to our community in the business, professional, civic and personal arenas.”

Besides advising the University of Memphis’ Association of Black Journalists and teaching broadcast at the university Kelley heads up other projects as well.

The former WREG-TV reporter is founder of MicroMemphis a hyperlocal website focusing on Memphis neighborhoods.

Kelley also contributes to Smart Medicine on WKNO and serves on the board of U of M Journalism Alumni Club.

Congratulations Dr. Kelley!  We are so proud of you!

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