21 episodes

Journalists get REAL about the grind before the shine & how you can level up in your career.
Created and hosted by Emmy-nominated anchor, Venise Toussaint.
Follow @BecomingStorytellers on Instagram.

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Journalists get REAL about the grind before the shine & how you can level up in your career.
Created and hosted by Emmy-nominated anchor, Venise Toussaint.
Follow @BecomingStorytellers on Instagram.

    Ep. 21: NBC Washington D.C’s Jummy Olabanji’s rise to morning anchor at the station she grew up watching 

    Ep. 21: NBC Washington D.C’s Jummy Olabanji’s rise to morning anchor at the station she grew up watching 

    After grinding it out in NYC as a weekend anchor/reporter for WNBC for 2 1/2 years, Jummy Olabanji was offered an opportunity in her hometown that she couldn’t refuse.
    She joined the NBC Washington D.C. Morning Team as Live Desk anchor/reporter in July 2019, now less than a year & a half later she’s preparing to take over as morning anchor on the station she grew up watching!
    On this episode, Jummy talks about her broadcast journey + the lessons along the way.
    *Episode was recorded before her promot

    • 23 min
    Ep. 20: Protecting your mental health as Black & journalists of color

    Ep. 20: Protecting your mental health as Black & journalists of color

    To say the last few months have been challenging, as journalists specifically as Black journalists, would be an understatement.
    From the coronavirus pandemic, to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aurbery & others + the racial unrest that followed. Those stories hit us differently.
    In this episode, I talk to clinical psychologist Dr. Tasha Brown about:
    Coping with the trauma of covering these difficult stories, signs you need therapy, navigating toxic spaces & all things mental health

    • 34 min
    Ep 19 How focusing on God in one of her darkest moments led journalist Jade Jackson to create her own media platform for Christian storytellers

    Ep 19 How focusing on God in one of her darkest moments led journalist Jade Jackson to create her own media platform for Christian storytellers

    A young ambitious journalist, Jade held down several internships in college & landed her first TV job just months after graduation. Everything was going great... until it wasn’t. Jade was let go from her reporter job after only a few months. Just when she was about to give up on journalism, a call to interview for a program with a national network in NYC. 
    Through that tough period in her life, Jade created The Main Source Media to connect Christian storytellers through daily spiritual encouragement. 

    • 30 min
    Ep 18 Midday Maryland host Elsa M on how she landed a TV job that she loves after a seven year hiatus from the TV business 

    Ep 18 Midday Maryland host Elsa M on how she landed a TV job that she loves after a seven year hiatus from the TV business 

    Midday Maryland host Elsa M left the TV business for seven years after feeling emotionally drained & burned out, she hit her breaking point with all the negativity of news and vowed never to go back to TV unless she was in the lifestyle hosting position she wanted.
    Elsa spent years doing other communications related work for Yelp and a non-profit connected to singer/songwriter Bono.
    It all led back to the position she was destined to be in, doing what she loves. 

    • 31 min
    Ep 17: WISN's Derrick Rose on investigative reporting, winning his first Emmy, and being prepared for opportunities by always doing your best work

    Ep 17: WISN's Derrick Rose on investigative reporting, winning his first Emmy, and being prepared for opportunities by always doing your best work

    When Derrick Rose joined WISN Milwaukee’s news team, he was hired to help lead the investigative unit. He held down the *many* FOIA requests, intense research and hard work that goes into being a good investigative reporter, all while turning daily stories on a nightside schedule; then one day, he was called into the office with his news director & general manager. 
    His hard work paid off.
    Derrick was promoted to help launch and anchor a new 9pm newscast in addition to his investigative reporting duti

    • 22 min
    Ep 16: At Just 22 years old, CBN journalist Emily Jones took a leap of faith & moved to Jerusalem for her dream job

    Ep 16: At Just 22 years old, CBN journalist Emily Jones took a leap of faith & moved to Jerusalem for her dream job

    As a young girl, Emily Jones was fascinated with the Middle East & Jerusalem. Growing up in a Christian household, she noticed the stories she read in the Bible happened in the Middle East. Emily was introduced to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in college and though she didn’t want to be a journalist at first ; she gave it a shot anyway and fell in love with storytelling. At 22 years old Emily was offered the opportunity of a lifetime; to be an MMJ for CBN based in Jerusalem. 

    • 23 min

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