NABJ Short Course


GREENSBORO -- The journalism and mass communication department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is set to celebrate its 25th year of hosting the annual National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course seminar March 15-19.

A&T’s program is the longest-running short course in NABJ history, according to Gail Wiggins, the short course director and interim chairwoman of the journalism program.

“I’m so excited about this year's short course, and especially our 25th Anniversary celebration,” Wiggins said. “Since 1992, the National Association of Black Journalist Multimedia Short Course and N.C. A&T have served more than 800 journalism and mass communication students, representing approximately 65 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Many of our Short Course graduates are working in the industry today, which is a testament to the value and significance of this program designed to prepare and develop the next generation of journalists.”

The annual seminar is designed to encourage NABJ’s student members to pursue television production as a career. Thirty students will participate in workshops that provide hands-on experience and a practical understanding of what it is like to work in a broadcast newsroom.

This year, broadcast journalism students from across the United States will spend four days in workshops on N.C. A&T’s student media labs, where they will use industry-standard equipment to create news packages and a newscast. During the short course, students will have 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.

The Short Course will include students from N.C. A&T, N.C. A&T, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Georgia Southern, Hampton, Louisiana State, Lyndon State College, Morgan State, Norfolk State, N.C. Central, Northwestern, Syracuse, the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri, and Winston-Salem State.

The students will work with mentors from Charlotte, Durham, High Point and Raleigh, NC television markets and others from Atlanta; Baltimore; College Park, Md.; Flint, Mich.; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; St. Louis, Mo.; and Washington, D.C. Mentors are coming from both the professional and academic sides of the business.

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. Students will spend time producing

news packages, including reporting and editing in the TV Studio. A gala has been planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the short course at A&T.

The gala will be Saturday, March 18 at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons, 3121 W. Gate City Blvd. Tickets are $35 per person ($20 for students) and can be bought online at NABJ’s website,

Veteran journalist April Ryan is the keynote speaker for the gala. Ryan has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January 1997. She is also the author of the best-selling book “The Presidency in Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America.” She will be signing her latest book, “At Mama’s Knee,” at the reception.