Women in Music Journalism Panel -11/1


1:30pm – 3:00pm
Creative Media Industries Institute – suite 306
25 Park Place
Atlanta, GA 30303



Coordinated by award wining journalist & instructor of the department’s Music Journalism course, Christopher Daniel, this roundtable discussion features eight prominent Women in the profession of Music Journalism. They will talk about the industry’s transition from print to digital, professional development, sex & gender politics, tips on networking & writing, and more. Registration is required. Help boost the buzz on social media & use #GSULadiesFirst. Scroll down to meet the panelists!



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Tai Saint-Louis is a Haitian-born, Atlanta based entertainment writer and media & brand development consultant. Over the course of her nearly 15 year career, she has contributed to Ebony.com, WatchLoud.com, Bossip.com, Scratch, XXL, The Source, Upscale Magazine and AllHipHop.com, and worked with brands including the Combat Jack Show, the SXSW Takeover, the Passport Experience Festival and A3C. Tai currently contributes to Creative Loafing and Mass Appeal and hosts and produces Cool People I Know, a weekly new music and entertainment news show on ABLRadio.com. She is the co-author of The Art Behind The Tape, the first coffee table book about the history of mixtape culture.
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the print paper and the Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com - and she remembers when MTV was awesome. Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing features and entertainment stories and covering Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida International University and a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1996-2010 and at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida from 1992-1996. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two adopted cats, Blackjack and Ragu, and spends way too much time in casinos.
Ni'Kesia Pannell is an Atlanta-based multimedia writer, lifestyle expert, and social influencer. After many celebrity & artist interviewsThe prolific writer spends her time as a lifestyle writer for ESSENCE, Teen Vogue, and Romper.com, and holds the title of managing editor at ThisIsRnB.com. In addition, she is a published children’s author, brand influencer, and lifestyle expert who delivers on air segments highlighting key products for consumers to nab on the market.
Merging the elements of brand building with the art of public relations requires dexterity, passion, and a reverence for the power of reciprocal relationships. It’s a recipe that TreMedia CEO and Founder, Tresa L. Sanders, has mastered during a career that spans two decades. Along with garnering multi-platform media placements for her roster of sports, entertainment, corporate and non-profit clients, she continues to expand her reach and fortify her reputation a valiant force behind-the-scenes.
Kristi York Wooten writes about music, art, global health, human rights, celebrity philanthropy and lifestyle for newspapers, magazines and websites. Her articles, interviews, essays and reviews have been published by The Economist, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Atlanta Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, PASTE, Interview, ORIGIN and many others. She is also the founder of Sustenance Group, a consulting firm which connects musicians and causes.
A longtime music and lifestyle journalist, Jacinta Howard frequently covers Atlanta's arts and music scenes, and her byline has appeared in Creative Loafing, Thrillist, XXL, Denver Westword, Upscale Magazine, Hip-Hop Weekly, The Source and a host of others. She is the author of seven novels of women's fiction and contemporary romance, a USA TODAY "Must-Read Author" and a two-time RONE Award nominee.
Christal Jordan
Christal Jordan is the principal and COO of Enchanted Branding & Public Relations, a premiere entertainment driven boutique agency. In addition to working with some of black Hollywood's biggest stars over the last fifteen years, Jordan is also an award-winning author and pop culture journalist.
Christina Lee is an Atlanta-based culture journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Genius and Red Bull Music Academy. In 2014 she, Rodney Carmichael and Gavin Godfrey won an Atlanta Press Club award for their Creative Loafing cover story “Straight Outta Stankonia: 20 Years of OutKast's Atlanta, From Discography to Mythology.”

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James C. Taylor, III
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