A&T and NABJ host annual short course

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University hosted the 22nd annual NABJ Multimedia Short Course March 19-22, 2014.
The annual seminar is designed to encourage NABJ’s student members to pursue television production as a career.  During the four-day seminar, students participate in workshops that provide them hands-on experience and a practical understanding of what broadcast newsroom jobs entail.

The short course week culminates in the student production of the “NABJ News” broadcast, which features two students who anchor the show. The “NABJ News” will also be streamed live via webcast this year. View news packages from the short course here.

The JOMC Department has hosted 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.

(Clip from NCAT NABJ Newscast)

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.
Professional journalists participating in the 2014 short course include: Anthony Wilson, news anchor, WTDV ABC 11, Durham;  Sharon Stevens, reporter/producer, HEC-TV (Higher Education Channel), St. Louis, MO; Mario Boone, news reporter, WLOS, Asheville; Marc Willis, public affairs specialist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Washington, D.C.; Carl McLean, photographer, WSOC, Charlotte;

Melody  Freeman Taylor, producer, CNN, Atlanta, GA; Charlitta Rodrigues, platform manager, NBC Universal, Washington D.C.; Damany Lewis, anchor, KXTV News 10, Sacramento, CA; Kerwin Speight, nightside executive producer, WRC-TV, Washington, D.C.; and Anzio Williams, news director, NBC 10-WCAU, Philadelphia, PA; and Sadiyyah Rice, editor and producer, Higher Education Channel Television (HEC-TV), St. Louis, MO.
This year’s event will feature workshops on writing for the Internet, politics in the newsroom and a short course on multimedia news media production.  Short course participants will learn the technical skills needed to produce quality multimedia stories, including audio recording and editing, graphics, slideshows, blogging and web design concepts.   

The sponsors for this year’s short course include: North Carolina A&T State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Arts and Sciences, Comcast-NBCUniversal, the CBC/WRAL Community Fund of Triangle Communication Foundation, WXII-12 (Hearst Communications) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
The seminar is 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. There are 40 students participating in this year’s multimedia short course seminar.

A&T students participating in the 2014 short course include: Jasmine Adelekun, Gitory Bartell, Jordynn Carlisle, Jaleesa Chinn, Jeremy Days, Melanie Dunning, Lauren Everett, Vernetta Jenkins, Jazzmin Lawrence, Kelsey Merritt, Kierra Perry, Julian Scrivens, Nichelle Whitehead.

Visiting students participating include: Rochelle Alleyne (University of Florida); Frederick Ennette (Pennsylvania  State); Briana Hamilton (Morgan State University); Diane Jeanty (West Virginia University); Natalie Johnson (Florida A&M University); Tiara Lavender (Jackson State University); Larry McGill (North Carolina Central University); Jessica Mitchell (University of North Texas); Kiara Palmer (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Christina Pegues (Winston Salem State University); Deanna Reid (Hampton University); Cierra Riley (Northern Illinois University); Kristen Robinson (The University of Georgia); Emmilyne Victor, Mia Young, Shavon Anderson, Melanie Johnson (Howard University).

Spring break becomes educational for JOMC students


Students in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication utilized their Spring Break to take advantage of various journalism conferences and seminars held along the East Coast. These educational opportunities helped students gain insight on everything from how to become reporters to landing their first post-graduate job. Read below on how our students spent Spring Break 2014.

New York, New York | IRTS Multicultural Career Fair  

JOMC upperclassmen participated in the IRTS Multicultural Career Fair in New York. The major career fair began on March 5 through March 8. Attendees included: Lauren Everett, Vernetta Jenkins, Bryan DeBerry, Devan Cothran, Jordynn Carlisle, Portia Simmons, Kelsey Merritt, Priscilla Bennett and Mya Ervin.

Now in its 30th year, the IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop is a two-day conference where attendees learn about opportunities in digital media, creative production, advertising, research, sales and marketing, They also get a chance to meet professionals from major media companies.

Baltimore, Maryland | HBCU Journalism Academy

Five multimedia media and mass media production majors participated in the HBCU Journalism Academy at Morgan State, March 5-8. The journalism bootcamp  featured various workshops and covered topics, ranging from challenges of journalism in the 21st Century to the language of media. Student participants included: Alexa English, Uniqua Quillins, Richard Cannon, Jarrell Pittman and Jazmin Lucky.

Charleston, South Carolina | NABJ Region III Conference

Endowed Professor, Bonnie Newman Davis, and Professor Ricky Clemon traveled to Charleston, S.C., for the NABJ Region III Conference March 6-9. The conference program offered participants an opportunity to sharpen old skills, learn new ones, and engage in valuable networking. The program focus covered diversity, inclusion, and the new "do it yourself" model. The following students attended:

Ziris Savage, Micha Caldwell, Chesney Rudisell, Bobbi Pompey, Diamond Young, Yasin Temple, Porcha Taylor, Jhanay Davis, Cora Taft, Cayla Webster.

Baltimore, Maryland | IRE Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference

Kim Fields and Mariya Moseley received a Knight Foundation Scholarship to attend the annual computer-assisted reporting conference, Feb. 2

7 to March 2, 2014 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. Students were able to learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and your online audience the information they're demanding. The CAR conference offered something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. Students learned the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping as well as data science and the latest technological advances.