During the SPRI I had the pleasure of attending the Job Fair of Friday. At the Job fair I noticed there were several women representing corporate businesses in the media field. Many of the women had high positions at the companies which was very surprising. I have noticed that many things have changed in the world. Women are truly taking over from what I see. They expected many women to stay behind the scenes because men think that we can’t handle business. I actually only saw 2 man at the job fair around the time I went. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Frankie Fort the Human Resources Director for the Savannah Morning News. She was a very nice lady who told me a lot about internships with their company and with other companies as well. She gave several tips and told me to not only limit myself to just doing internships in one field, but to try to learn several trades. The students that were in attendance at the Job fair were mostly women. That shows to say that women are truly taking over. Our drive can’t be stopped. !
The workshop that I attended was led by Mrs. Tatia Adams Fox. She is a very small, energetic lady. He and her younger sister were there, but Tatia was the one that stuck out to me out of the two sisters. She is a lot more outgoing and talkative. Tatia is a very successful woman. She graduated from Savannah State University in 1994. Since then, she has worked with movies, record labels, and other sources of media. She talked about how she was the only female, the youngest, and the only African American in many of her work places. She seemed to be a free spirit and very driven. You usually think because a person is small that they aren’t very outspoken, well she proves that wrong. I really enjoyed the little bit of things that i got to see!
SRPI was an interesting event.
It was lauded with stereotypes that I’d study, but ones that I often associate with events such as these. The “dress up to show for success” is something that never went over well with me as it’s creating a thought that being successful and wealthy means having to wear suits, ties, etc. I’m not sure if this is just me not wanting to dress up all the way, but I feel like it’s a forced thing. There’s nothing wrong with looking well though, just the “dress for success” thing that bothers me.
Something else that jumped out at me was the fact that women had to deal with being accepted in an equal manner as the male’s at companies. Females are forced to work twice as hard just to be on par with their male counterparts. This isn’t just a stereotype that is relevant in the work field though if you need further proof of how big of a problem this is, just check the salaries differential between male and females; It’s one that is everywhere. This isn’t the ’60s anymore. Or the ’70s, ’80s, or whatever. If a male and a female can work the same job and do them equally in terms of quality, the pay should reflect that. Now if the male is superior than the female at a job, there’s nothing wrong with him being paid more. That’s fair. But if the female is just as good or better it should reflect in the pay. In a male dominated country, mentally, this is an issue that may never balance out. (this was an issue spoken on by Mrs. Fox of Atlantic Records as she was the only female in her position at her company).
SRPI was fun. Can’t wait to participate in it again next year.
The Southern Regional Press Institute was a success this year once again. I was really motivated by the workshops that I attended on Thursday and Friday. The sessions that stood out to me were the following:
- Working at CNN: What’s It Really Like? Get the Scoop from a CNN Professional, with Ms. Renee Marsh, Aviation and Government Regulation Correspondent, CNN
- Career Opportunities: Preparing for the Audio Industry Part II: Breakout Sessions with Audio Professionals; Ms. Tatia Adams Fox, Ms. Traci Adams, Mr. Kenya Cabine, Mr. Doug Davis, and Lady Mahogany
- Bossed Up: Brains. Beauty. Business. SSU Alumni and Sisters Share Secrets on How to Succeed in Male Dominated Music Industry; Ms. Tatia Adams Fox & Ms. Traci Adams.
In these workshops, all the women were presentable and eloquent so I assumed that there would be little to none of stereotypes. I was sadly mistaken. In the media industry, women are constantly stereotyped or criticized on how they look, how they speak, how they handle situations within their career, and how they dress. Lady Mahogany stated that a woman in the business can not go out in public any kind of way. You have to look good and presentable 24/7 because as a woman you have an image to uphold. Ms. Tatia Adams Fox talked about how men viewed women in the industry to be weak and can’t keep things under control, while Ms. Renee Marsh in another workshop shared with us how her professor stated that she was “pudgy” on her resume reel and that it would be hard for her to find a job.
Even though these outstanding women have been stereotyped, they all found a way to fight and prove all the stereotypes about them and any woman in the industry to be wrong while keeping it professional.
Attending the Southern Regional Press Institute last Thursday and Friday was a great opportunity for me. I was engaged in every session and made sure that I consumed all of the knowledge that was given. The sessions that I attended with women, especially Radio Personality Lady Mahogany, was very interesting to me. She was very straightforward and real about all the information she gave. She also spoke of how competitive getting into radio is and how to overcome the challenges. I also attended the auditing and video production session that was also inspirational. We did a lot of hands on activities and worked with high school students from beach high school. We w ere able to record question and answer sessions with the cameras and we also learned hoe to properly introduce a television show. Although i never thought about going into being behind the scenes, that session really taught me a lot. Overall SRPI was very good and i hope to attend many more.
I attended quite a few workshops Friday at SRPI held in the Kennedy Fine Arts building. The one workshop that stood out to me was the “So you want to work in the Music Industry”. My panel consisted of three women and one man. I didn’t really notice any stereotypes, but we did talk about some within the industry. The female panel members were all presentable, well spoken and they each showed why they are leaders in their career field. They were willing to help students who didn’t have a direction find one. They seemed to fight off stereotypes on the daily basis to get to where they are now in their respective career fields. Continue reading
I attended a lot of my mentor’s sessions to show my support for her. That would be Mrs. Tatia Adams Fox. With her story, she explained to students that in her department at Atlantic Records she is the youngest, the only female AND the only African American. That is a lot to take in if I was her, but she accepts that challenge. I know her story like the back of my hand from the time she graduated at Savannah State to where she is now. Most of her job positions involved her being one or of the few women in the office. With the music business being so male dominated that is the expectation. Women have to work twice as hard and excel in their position to move up. I have noticed that a lot of women were in attendance at SRPI. The success stories were amazing to hear. As well as the adversity. Many did bring up that they had to act accordingly to be “appreciated” in the same office as a male. Tatia said it best with telling everyone the fine line of making others believe the women is an emotional wreak to an inferior counterpart in the workplace.