Saturday, March 31, 2007

Journalisticks.com aims to help journalists of color excel...

Journalists of color looking for an online home, meet Chloe A. Hilliard.

This prolific journalist and former news editor of The Source has created Journalisticks.com, a networking website that caters to the careers of minority journalists.

“It’s like MySpace meets MediaBistro,” Hilliard says.

Journalisticks.com has sections for writing opportunities, message boards, and user-generated content. Since March 1, Hilliard says the site has about 115 registered members, but she expects that number to grow in the coming months.

“I have a lot of lurkers,” she says. “Once people get more comfortable with the site and see that it’s reliable, I think they will join.”

Hilliard says she is really pushing for college students to contribute to the site.

“Our biggest challenge is getting people to submit content. I’ve gotten things here and there and I’m looking for journalism students of color who can benefit from having their work published,” she says.

The newbie site averages about 8,000 hits a day.

Hilliard has written for such publications as The Source, King, Vibe and Vibe Vixen.
In addition, she also edits books for Triple Crown Publishing, the company behind popular street fiction books Let That Be The Reason and Street Dreams.

Hilliard says the best thing a new journalist can do is make contacts.

“It’s so important to cultivate relationships,” she says. "It’s important to show them you’re interested and can think on your feet. Seek out a mentor. Invite them to lunch, send them an email. Don’t worry if your work isn’t up to par. It’s all about starting those relationships. Reach out to people even if you think they’ll say no.”

For now, Hilliard is primarily focusing on Journalisticks.com, but she says her ultimate goal is to “touch on all aspects of media.”

“I want to continue writing, strengthen my voice as a writer,” she says. “I want to continue to do speaking engagements. I want to write a book. I want to have a free-flowing media career. I don’t want to be pigeonholed.”

3 comments:

spchrist said...

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