40 students participated in Annual Media Industry Seminar

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina A&T State University, recently hosted the 21st annual NABJ Multimedia Short Course. The annual seminar is designed to encourage NABJ’s student members to pursue television production as a career. During the four-day seminar, students participated in workshops that provided them hands-on experience and a practical understanding of what broadcast newsroom jobs entail.

The seminar was open to student members who are juniors and seniors enrolled in an accredited college or university.  Students must have a declared major in broadcast journalism or communication, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. 

40 students participated in this year’s multimedia short course seminar.
A&T students participating in the 2013 short course included:  Javon Pratt, Ian-Mitchell Dear, Bryan DeBerry, Lauren Everett, Nicole Jones, Chanel Tucker, Ebonee Young, Melody Andrews, Lashonda Jones, Laraine Lee, Kelsey Merritt, Whitney Jeffries, Joy Harley and Adiesa Smith. 
Visiting students participating included:  Keonna Scott (Bennett College, Greensboro); Kalina Harrison (Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.); Jonquilyn Hill (Howard University, Washington, D.C.); Jade Hewitt and Andrew Nomura (Jackson State University, Jackson, M.S.); Phylicia Townes, Dwayne Allen and Brian Waters (Morgan State University, Baltimore, M.D.); Gabriel Aikens and Ishmael Hinson (North Carolina Central University, Durham); Jasmine Amaker (Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.); Amanda Devoe (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte); Crystal Garner (University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, M.S.); Jeremy Pierre (Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, L.A.)
The short course week culminated in the student production of the “NABJ News” broadcast, which featured two students who anchored the show. The “NABJ News” was also streamed live via webcast this year.

Professional journalists participating in the 2013 short course included:  Anthony Wilson, news anchor, WTDV ABC 11, Durham; Siobhan Riley, general assignment reporter, WJRT ABC 12, Flint, M.I.; Mario Boone, news reporter, WLOS, Asheville; Mike Dunston,  news anchor, WEWS-TV ABC News Channel 5, Cleveland, Ohio; Sharon Stevens, reporter, KSDK News Channel 5, St. Louis; Hank Price, general manager, WXII News 12, Winston-Salem; Marc Willis, public affairs specialist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Washington, D.C.; Carl McLean, photographer, WSOC, Charlotte; Melody FreemanTaylor, producer, CNN, Atlanta, G.A.; and Charlitta Rodrigues, platform manager, NBC Universal, Washington D.C.; Kerwin Speight, executive producer, WRAL-TV, Raleigh; Damany Lewis, anchor, KXTV News 10, Sacramento, C.A.; and Vicki Tate-Stephens, digital content producer, WXII News 12, Winston-Salem.

NABJ, the National Association of Black Journalists, is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
The JOMC Department has been hosting the seminar on the A&T campus over the last two decades. JOMC Interim Chair, Gail Wiggins, has been instrumental in coordinating the program as a springboard for future journalists.  

The seminar gives broadcast journalism students access to mentors who currently work as news directors, producers, writers, assignment editors and directors at some of the top television stations in the country.

This year’s event featured workshops on writing for the Internet, politics in the newsroom and a short course on multimedia news media production.  Short course participants  learned the technical skills needed to produce quality multimedia stories, including audio recording and editing, graphics, slideshows, blogging and web design concepts.                                                                     

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