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Speakers announced for Face Time with the Pros. Register today!

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

By: Capital Emmys Staff

Journalists in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC region share inside tips to help students and young professionals land that first/next job. Face Time with the Pros is a collection of seminars designed to help students learn how to be better storytellers, perform on camera, and find out what hiring managers are really looking for.

This three-night virtual event includes a variety of seminars each evening from 7 to 9 PM Eastern. The best part: it’s FREE but you need to register to be included.

Click here for a printable copy of the schedule.

Tuesday, April 5th from 7-9 PM EST

7:00-7:55 PM Keynote Speaker: Kathy Park

  • NBC News Correspondent

  • Former Anchor/Reporter at KCRA, WJLA, WCYB

  • Graduate of University of Maryland, journalism degree


  • Moderator: Jason Gittlen, WRC, NATAS-NCCB President

  • Kathy Park, NBC, News Correspondent

8:00-8:55 PM Tips & Tricks on how to be efficient, effective, and fast

  • How to find story ideas

  • How to make contacts

  • How to meet various deadlines for multiple platforms


  • Moderator: Cheryl Carson, WJLA, News Director

  • Aimee Cho, WRC, Reporter

  • Brandi Proctor, WBFF, Journalist and midday host

  • Elis Estrada, PBS, PBS Newshour Student Lab

Wednesday, April 6th from 7-9 PM EST

7:00-7:55 PM Producing a Documentary

  • How to start

  • Elements needed

  • How to get viewership


  • Moderator: Josh Davidsburg, University of Maryland, Lecturer

  • Cina Canada, Human Picture Initiative, Founder/Director

  • Kelsey Hammer-Parks, Kelsey Hammer Productions, LLC, Owner

  • Malkia Lydia, Kuyamba Media, Founding Producer

  • Brian Morrison, Wood Room Cinema, LLC, Director

8:00-8:55 PM Working in multiple platforms

  • How to master the evolving technology

  • How to work in the field: interviews and shooting

  • How to meet deadlines and be an effective storyteller


  • Moderator: Manny Fantis, Sinclair Broadcasting, Sr. Dir. of Digital News

  • Vince Latanzzio, WRC, Telemundo, NBC Sports Washington, Director of Digital Media

  • Leon Scott, WUSA9, Writer, Designer, and Social Media Strategist

  • Julia Ziegler, WTOP Radio, News Director

Thursday, April 7th from 7-9 PM EST

7:00-7:55 PM News Managers – what are they looking for

  • What resumes and reels should include

  • How to impress, before, during and after an interview

  • How to make your mark in the newsroom once you get the job.


  • Moderator: Tiffany "Lady T" Watson, WBFF, Anchor and midday host

  • Mike Goldrick, NBC, VP of News

  • Kathy Reynolds, WUSA9, News Content Director

  • Dan Schutte, WCAV, Newsplex News Director

  • Joe Yasharoff, Montgomery Community Media, Director of Content

8:00-8:55 PM Getting the job and moving up from an insider’s perspective

  • Reporters, MMJs, photojournalists, editors, and producers share their insights and advice

  • How to be a good newsroom citizen, the right attitude

  • Safety is everyone’s responsibility: door knocks, Live shots, mass chaos


  • Moderator: Andrea Verosko, WBFF, Assistant News Director

  • Van Applegate, WTTG, Visual Content

  • Brian Hopkins, WJLA, Photographer/Editor

  • Chelsea Jones, WPRI, Reporter/Anchor

  • Pete O'Neal, WMAR, Senior Photojournalist

  • Nicole Webb, WJZ, Executive News Producer

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