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The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is proud to launch its 2022 ‘Made in NY’ Talks series, featuring a discussion with Amber Ruffin, host of The Amber Ruffin Show and writer for Late Night with Seth Myers.

The event, “Late-Night Trailblazer with Amber Ruffin,” will be streamed live on Zoom, Monday, February 28 from 6:15-7:30pm EST and moderated by Raeshem Nijhon, Founder and Executive Producer of Culture House. This talk follows the return of The Amber Ruffin Show to Peacock, starting on February 25. Additional 2022 talks include “A New Day for Local News,” offering advice for new local newsroom reporters, and “The Food Media Feed,” with tips on how to carve out a career path in food media. A full description of all three talks is below.

“We are thrilled to kick off this year’s ‘Made in NY’ Talks series with comedic powerhouse Amber Ruffin,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “We are grateful to Amber, and to all of our ‘Made in NY’ Talks talent, for participating in these panels which aid our efforts to invest in NYC’s creative future and spotlight career pathways within the entertainment industry.”

“I’m so excited for the 2022 ‘Made in NY’ spring series forum! We are gonna talk about all things Late Night and tell you all everything you need to know to break into the business,” said Amber Ruffin.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Communication, the ‘Made in NY’ Talks series brings together industry leaders to share insights, information and news with New Yorkers looking to work in the media and entertainment industries. Additional 2022 talks will be announced later this spring. Previous ‘Made in NY’ Talks can be viewed on MOME’s website. For event updates, and to register in advance, please visit

Confirmed Spring 2022 ‘Made in NY’ Talks:

Late-Night Trailblazer: Amber Ruffin
Monday, February 28, 6:15 to 7:30 PM EST, on Zoom
Amber Ruffin became the first Black woman to write for a late-night network talk show when she joined the writing staff of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Now, she hosts her own late night series, The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock, which offers a mix of sketches and monologues on current events. If you want to work in late night comedy, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a trailblazing talent.
Moderated by Raeshem Nijhon, Founder and Executive Producer, Culture House
RSVP to attend this free event – Late-Night Trailblazer: Amber Ruffin

A New Day for Local News
Thursday, March 3, 6:00 to 7:30 PM EST, on Zoom
With 70 new local newsrooms opening in the United States in 2020 and 2021, young reporters are finding new opportunities to launch a career in journalism while making an impact in communities that historically have been underserved. Hear from savvy news innovators and leaders about where to look for opportunities, what skills are most in demand, and how the resurgence in local news is helping to fight the spread of misinformation and mistrust in media.
Nicholas Johnston, Publisher, Axios
Jen Chung, Senior Editor, WNYC/Gothamist; Co-Founder, Gothamist
Cheryl Thompson-Morton, Black Media Initiative Director, Center for Community Media, Newmark J-School
Lori Waldon, President and General Manager, KOAT TV (Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Moderator: Brian Stelter, Chief Media Correspondent and Anchor, Reliable Sources, CNN
RSVP to attend this free event – A New Day for Local News

The Food Media Feed
Thursday, March 31, 6:30 to 8:00 PM EDT, in person
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
From blogging, styling, and podcasting to posting recipe videos on TikTok, the opportunities to attract an audience hungry for food content are abundant—whether you’re working at a cutting-edge media company or right in your own kitchen. Hear from culinary creators and publishers on how to carve out a career path in food media and develop your own recipe for success.
Peter J. Kim, Host, Counterjam; Content Strategy Lead, Pinterest
Farideh Sadeghin, Executive Culinary Director, Munchies, VICE
Moderator: Syreeta Gates, Chief Archivist and Executive Producer, The Gates Preserve; Founder, “Yo Stay Hungry”
RSVP to attend this free event – The Food Media Feed

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