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Empowered Ideas Co-Founder, James Wong, Recognized by the RDU Chapter of the National Black MBA Association

On November 1, 2012, Empowered Ideas was invited to speak to the membership of the RDU Chapter of the National Black MBA Association — recently recognized as the NBMBAA Chapter of the Year.

Empowered Ideas Co-Founder, James Wong, led an inspiring discussion about how following your passions in life, can ultimately unveil true professional success when integrated with a few simple core ideals, such as:

  • Have several diversified passions in life, but always stay true to them
  • Surround yourself with individuals smarter than yourself
  • Never stop learning, especially when everyone else tells you otherwise
  • Network & grow your connections in the unlikeliest places



TABJNC “Making News” Media Access Workshop

The Triangle Association of Black Journalists (TABJ) is an organization of reporters, editors, photographers, and other media professionals working in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., metropolitan area. The TABJ is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

As an honorary member of the Triangle Association of Black Journalists, it was an honor participating on their panel of experts at the 4th Annual TABJ “Making News” Media Access Workshop on July 8, 2010.

Why Support the TABJ?

Ever since meeting some of their members at local tweet-ups and social media events, I have been honored to have served on several panel discussions for the TABJ.  This is an organization comprised of the same industry professionals we’ve all grow accustomed to watching on the various news programs in the Triangle area — including the writers that fill the pages of our favorite local papers with their creative penmanship.

After meeting individuals like Gayle Hurd, Ken Smith, and many other News Media professionals at a TABJ Social Mixer a few years back, I quickly realized that the community of local reporters and journalists weren’t being provided the same level of access to industry professionals that other groups had access to.  While some media professionals were adapting to the latest communications technologies and trends, most others had not. As the world became more and more digitally connected, especially on social media channels, it became more apparent that the media was quickly being left behind.

My decision to dedicate myself to helping the TABJ was one of mutual respect, and my own personal way of giving back to the media professionals I’ve respected for decades.

The 4th Annual TABJ “Making News” Media Access Workshop

The workshop was organized by the TABJ, in cooperation with the RDU Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, and was a collaborative setting which allowed panelists and audience members to learn in a group setting, while encouraging open communication and creative thinking unseen at most other industry workshops and conferences.  The purpose of the workshop was to share information on ways to work with the media, as well as to get coverage on television, radio and in print.

The audience was comprised mainly of local non-profit organizations and other small business owners, while the panel consisted of local media and business professionals (myself included) who shared our expertise on newsgathering and working with the public on developing news stories, talk show segments, public service announcements and initiatives as well as commercial advertising.

Offering Value to Local Businesses and Non-Profits

Audience members learned how to work with news organizations, write effective press releases and public service announcements,  as well as learn the best ways to get their story covered and gain much needed publicity for their organization and its events.  Attendees learned about other means and outlets available to get publicity including public service announcements, social media, commercials and online media.

Confirmed Speakers Included:

  • James Wong, Communications Manager of iContact
  • Gurnal Scott, WPTF-AM News Anchor/Reporter
  • Brett Chambers, NC Central University Communications Instructor & RDU Black MBA President
  • Ken Smith, WRAL-TV/Fox 50 Reporter/Anchor
  • Stan Chambers, Durham Reporter at The News and Observer

The moderator for the event was WTVD-TV Reporter and Anchor, Anthony Wilson.

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