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NABJ announces inaugural journalism lab high school program

Tuesday, July 27, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: NABJ Communications
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 27, 2010 - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce its first NABJ Journalism Lab for high school students during its 35th NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair, July 28 – August 1, 2010.  High school students near the San Diego area will be exposed to a cross-platform journalism training experience and future careers in journalism.

"Having championed and nurtured future journalists for 35 years, we are extending our efforts to do so with the inception of our high school journalism program,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. "It empowers our young people by providing substantive journalism training that builds confidence and sparks young people’s imaginations.”

Students will work with professional journalists and educators to craft news stories across several media platforms. They will learn such journalism fundamentals as reporting ethics, meeting deadlines, and news judgment.

"I am excited to work with the young people. We are certain that the exposure will be meaningful to the high school membership,” said Russell LaCour, NABJ High School Committee chairman. "This opportunity is our way to make an imprint in the journalism community.”

The workshop will complement the work produced by students of the NABJ Multimedia Project, an annual project for college students. The college students engage in a rigorous training, plus hands-on experience in using the latest tools to produce both breaking news at NABJ’s annual convention.

NABJ has seen a significant growth in high school membership, which was just added four years ago. High school membership has tripled over the past four years.

The workshop, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and NPR, will take place July 25 - 28 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. Additional support has been provided by the Houston Association of Black Journalists, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Twin Cities Black Journalists and NABJ-Tulsa.

 "The opportunities for all our students aims to make them better journalists and develop relationships with professional journalists that will provide mentorship as they move through the ranks of media organizations,” said Times.
This year’s participants and mentors are listed below:

Alyssa Littlefield, Temecula Valley High School
Bailey Loughran, Chaparral High School
Kendal Kirkland, Lincoln High School
Ziyadah Muhammad, Lincoln High School
Adriana Espinoza, Lincoln High School
Alexandria Smith, Lincoln High School
Samantha Lopez-- Lincoln High School
Andreana Kovacs, Westview High School
Anna Buckley, Westview High School
Mary Cruz, Lincoln High School
Zion Daniel, Lincoln High School
Stephon Chapman, Lincoln High School
Andre Lawton, Lincoln High School
Alejandro Gonzalez, Lincoln High School

Kimberly Adams, NPR, Journalism Lab Co-Director
Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Journalism Lab Co-Director
Russell LaCour, Tulsa World, High School Committee Chairman
Reginald Ragland, Young DC
Khari Johnson,
Shauntel Lowe, Vallejo Times-Herald
Jerry McCormick, KNSD-TV
Tim Carr, KNSD-TV
Shannon Edwards, San Diego 6 CW
Alicia Dean, KNSD-TV
Lorise Maynard, San Diego County Water Authority
Natasha Lee, KUSI-TV
Sunday Ely, University of California, Berkeley

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

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