Ziris Savage

SAVAGE SELECTED FOR NABJ PROJECT

Ziris Savage is a senior multimedia journalism major with aspirations of being a multi-faceted news reporter. In August, she gets to take the skills she honed at North Carolina A&T State University to Minneapolis, Minn. to participate on the broadcast team in the student project for the 40th Annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair.

“I’m excited to be with other students who want to do news. You can’t be the best unless you work with the best and I’ll get to do that on a wider framework,” Savage said.

NABJ offers an expenses-paid fellowship to outstanding journalism students to cover its annual convention and career fair as well as local stories in the convention host city. For one week, students work with professional journalists and educators to produce daily television newscasts and newspapers, as well as create and manage a full convention website and social media content.

Initially, Savage had no intention of applying for the competitive project but over winter break, Savage buckled down and applied.

“I applied for a reporting position but I got a phone call asking if I’d be willing to change to producing. Of course, I said ‘yes’,” she said enthusiastically.

Given the competitive nature of the student projects, Savage admits that she is a bit nervous but realizes that she is in great company.

“They are amazing,” she said of her fellow students.

Set to graduate in December, Savage, a member of the Honors Program, is looking to apply for the Fulbright Scholar Program while trying to secure post-graduation employment in the journalism field.

“I’m applying for jobs all over the country and I know it’s better if you widen your search to more than your preferred area,” said the Memphis-born, Havelock, N.C.-raised Savage.

In the meantime, she will learn all she can from her fellow project members and the professionals who will serve as their mentors.

Savage is also a member of the student organizations Bombshells in Business, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the student chapter of NABJ as well as the Triad Association of Black Journalists.