TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Professional and student journalists from as far away as New York, Ohio and West Virginia will converge on ‘the Hill’ this week to participate in the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course, an intensive 48-hour multimedia training session. Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) was selected by the NABJ to host the event.
The short course will begin at 5 p.m. on March 6 and end at 7 p.m. on March 8. Participants will include more than two-dozen selected students from FAMU and from the University of Florida, American University, Hofstra University, Ball State University, Dillard University, West Virginia University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Mississippi State University.
During the workshop, up-and-coming journalists will hone their multimedia journalism skills while they produce television newscasts and webcasts.
“The NABJ Short Course at FAMU represents the perfect opportunity to expose young journalists to real-life experiences under the guidance of practicing professionals,” said William Jiles, director of the SJGC Division of Journalism. “Students will come away with a clear understanding of the significance of their craft to our democracy.”
This year’s workshop features the return of FAMU SJGC alumni, Rod Carter, Saundra Weathers, Georgia Dawkins and Donnitra Gilbert, who will be working closely with the student journalists. Audrey Irvine, director of CNN’s Affiliate Content Center, will also be among the trainers.
Carter, a morning news anchor for WFLA in Tampa, has been a FAMU multimedia workshop facilitator for six years.
“It’s an opportunity to impart knowledge into young minds, eager to learn about television news,” Carter said. “The best part of the short course for me is what happens after it’s over. I’ve developed great bonds with [the students] and try my best to keep tabs on each one who reaches out and to mentor them throughout the early stages of their careers. None of these students leave the way they came. They are changed in one way or another and that’s always a good thing.”
FAMU alumna Denise Hendricks, a senior producer for CNN’s “HLN Morning Express with Robin Meade,” will be the opening session speaker. Other guest speakers include, M. David Lee III, news director of WTXL ABC 27 and Rahman Johnson, anchor and managing editor for WTXL ABC 27. FAMU alumna Shonda Knight, WCTV executive producer and anchor, will be the keynote speaker for the closing session on Saturday.
The event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists, NBC-Universal and FAMU SJGC.
For more information contact, Andrew Skerritt at (850) 599-3840 or Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org.