after moving to Columbus, Ohio, Janel found a place
in print journalism at the Columbus Call & Post
Newspaper, Ohio's oldest African American weekly.
She started as the Franklin County Reporter and ended,
at the age of 28, as Interim Managing Editor. One of
the highlights include traveling to Beverly Hills to
attend the press junket for John Singleton's movie "Baby
Boy." She had the opportunity to interview Singleton,
actor Ving Rhames and R&B artist, Tyrese, who starred
in the film. Movie
review in PDF format. (I did not write
the photo cut lines!)
interview with Walter Mosley...
Brand new to Columbus, I couldn't get a job in media.
So I went to a temp agency and was hired to do secretarial
work at Children's Hospital. When I heard that Walter
Mosley, award-winning mystery writer of "Devil
in a Blue Dress," would be in town, I
had to meet him. So I called and asked if I could attend
the media reception. I told them I was a freelance radio
reporter. Thank God they didn't ask me 'for whom!' That's
where I met Albert Jones, managing editor of the Call
& Post. He snapped this picture, and used it in
the paper. I asked him about freelance opportunities
at the paper. After writing a few articles, he offered
me a job for a whopping $22K/yr. I thought that was
crazy because I was making more as a temp! But he encouraged
me, understanding that my heart was in radio, he convinced
me that becoming a newspaper reporter was the next logical
step in my career. "If you become a great writer,"
he said. "your career will know no bounds."
He was so right! Two years later, he moved on and I
was chosen to fill his post. The
entire Walter Mosley news clip, in PDF format
Members of the Black Press of
Columbus, OH in 2000- representing the Call &
Post, The Columbus Post and The Communicator
Newspapers and Radio One, after our meeting with Columbus
Mayor Michael B. Coleman (4th from left). My first mentor,
Albert Jones, C&P Managing Editor, far left, with
his hand on my shoulder. To the right of the Mayor,
is Amos Lynch, affectionately known as the 'Godfather
of Columbus;' he was managing editor of C&P for
30-years and founded The Columbus Post.
Those were the days when integrity, fairness and truth
ruled news journalism and there was a tremendous amount
of respect for the profession.