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Professional Experience

Media Consulting

& Public Speaking.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I spent more than 25 years as a professional journalist, ten years in local news and more than ten years at the network level, NBC and then CNN.  At CNN, I was the 9am newscast producer on September 11, 2001 and helped lead coverage of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. I was also senior producer for  NBC's overnight newscast during the 1996 Olympic Park Games/ Bombing. I led field coverage of the one-year anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina and the Oklahoma City Bombing, as well as on-location specials. I also served as a regional manager in charges of NBC affiliates in the Great Lakes region. My editorial experience also includes producing positions at ABC and New York Times O&O television stations. In addition to various producing roles, I have also worked as reporter, talk show host, and radio personality.

As Executive Producer, I helped conceptualize and create design, content and lead editorial and production staff for 3 hours of programming at CNN Headline News. I also hosted the "JT the EP" live news segment on HLN.  Over the years I also spearheaded new newscast programs, on-location specials, produced news specials, and met a variety of interesting people.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

I have been honored with notable industry recognition in the forms of a George Foster Peabody Award, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognition, Alfred I. duPont recognition and national award recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists 

MEDIA CONSULTING

I accepted a buyout from CNN and launched MediaReady Consulting, LLC a boutique consulting firm.  I worked on successful political campaigns, advised individual and corporate clients on media training and campaigns, website and social media development, as well as managing and producing high-level events. I currently consult with C-Suite executives, organizations and institutions on media 101 and strategies, crisis communication and production.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS

PUBLIC SPEAKING

I have been invited to speak at a plethora of presentations and events, panels and moderating activities, ranging from professional association meetings, scholarly conventions, conferences and lectures, and to youth and children.  I have highlighted a few below.

February 26, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

I served keynote speaker for FERC's Black History Month observation, and highlighted the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment which gave African American men the right to vote after the Civil War. 

April 27 - May 3,  2019

Keynote Speaker:  2019 World Press Freedom Week, Lagos, Nigeria

I served as Nigeria's invited guest for the 2019 U.S. Speaker Program on Press Freedom and Free Speech in Lagos, Nigeria sponsored by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Consulate General Lagos.

February 7, 2019

Moderator: 'What Men Want' Special Screening with Taraji P. Henson

I moderated a Q&A session with Actress and Howard alumna Taraji P. Henson and Director Adam Shankman at the Washington DC special screening of Paramount Pictures' film 'What Men Want.

Additional Public Speaking Opportunities

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Featured Guest, Weeklong Lecturer, South Africa Media Freedom Week. Guest of U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy South Africa, and U.S. Consulate Cape Town

Keynote Speaker, Breakfast of Scholars, The Pearls of Hope Community Foundation,  Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Xi Sigma Omega Chapter

Keynote Speaker, President’s Dinner - The National Beauty Culturists' League 2018 Convention, Institute and Trade Show

Commencement Speaker, Washington Global Public Charter School 

Keynote Speaker, Jacksonville State University Communications Week

Moderator, COVID- Coping and Anxiety Survey Findings in Black and Latinx Communities webinar Howard Initiative on Public Opinion 

Moderator, Reporting While Black: Journalists on the Front Lines webinar, Journalism Sequence, Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film, Howard University

Presenter, Beyond the Classroom: Comparative Approaches to Fostering the Faculty/Student Relationship 2020 AEJMC Annual Conference San Francisco, CA (virtual)

Featured Virtual Speaker, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Topic Responsible journalism in difficult circumstances. 

Moderator, “COVID-19: From the Newsroom to the Classroom” – Live Twitter Chat, Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film, Howard University

Moderator,  National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Headquarters, Washington, DC Topic: "Eye of the Storm- Broadcasters' Role in Emergencies” with featured remarks by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

Moderator, "TEACH US ALL" Parallel/ARRAY Premiere, Washington, DC.  The documentary on de-facto segregation in American Public Schools, in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the "Little Rock Nine."

Mistress of Ceremonies, Howard University All Classes Reunion Luncheon, aimed to celebrate the reunion classes, foster more alumni support, as well as provide a backdrop for future programs and initiatives.

Mistress of Ceremony, Changing the Face of STEM: A Transformational Journey –  STEM forum, National Academy of Sciences featuring former U.S. homeland security secretary Governor Tom Ridge.

Mistress of Ceremony, For Such A Time As This Celebratory Luncheon honoring Dr. Glenda Glover, 30th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Journalists are the Defenders of Democracy, Freedom Fighters of the First Amendment, and

Savvy and Sophisticated Storytellers.     - Jennifer C. Thomas

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© 2020 by Jennifer C. Thomas, MA.  

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