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FAMU hosts NABJ Multimedia Short Course
September 8, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
– Seasoned journalists from coast to coast will help 30 aspiring student journalists from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and universities as far away as Texas and North Carolina during the 2011 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Multimedia Short Course at FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) beginning at 6 p.m. September 8 though September 10.
   
The student journalists will work with professionals from major media companies such as NBC, CNN, ESPN, Gannett, Hearst and Media General to name a few. Jill Cox-Cordova, an award-winning journalist and CNN.com original video unit manager from Atlanta, will deliver the opening presentation today, Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. in the SJGC Lecture Hall.   

Kenneth Jones, FAMU broadcast journalism sequence coordinator and associate professor, said the 48-hour workshop will offer students an opportunity to learn multimedia skills in a very intense setting.

“They will be producing newscasts, web articles, podcasts, and slide shows… to enhance their multimedia skills,” said Jones.
   
Instructors who are flying or driving to Tallahassee for the course include industry professionals such as Audrey Irvine, a CNN.com senior assignment editor from Atlanta, Rod Carter, a reporter/anchor for WFLA in Tampa, Leston Green, an ESPN video editor in Bristol, Conn., and Damany Lewis, a reporter for KCRA in Sacramento, Calif. Local media professionals including TaMaryn Waters of the Tallahassee Democrat and Serge Kelly, a WCTV producer, also will help with the course. Topics covered range from “Producing Digital Journalism in the Mobile and Social Media Age” to “News Package Production.”  The students’ work will be broadcast on FAMU-TV 20 and loaded on the web.

Spencer Henderson, a senior broadcast journalism student from Tallahassee, was one of the 30 student journalists selected to participate. He said attending the workshop is a great way to meet people who can assist him in finding a job.

“I am expecting to interact with professionals in the industry that I have not met … and just find out about jobs that I have no idea about,” said Henderson.
   
Jones said a number of students who previously participated have gone on to work in commercial news organizations, television networks and online venues. Some also have pursued graduate degrees and become professors.
   
Several SJGC alumni who have established themselves as media professionals will serve as speakers and instructors for the event. They include Georgia Dawkins, a morning producer for WBBH/WZVN in Fort Myers, Saundra Weathers, a reporter for WBBH/WZVN in Fort Myers, and FAMU broadcast journalism sequence professors Jones and Leonard Horton III.  Rodney Roberts, a FAMU assistant photography professor, and Brandan Craft, a FAMU assistant graphics professor, will also be instructors.
   
Benjamin Davis, an award-winning journalist who founded mediafriendly.com, will deliver the closing critique and speak about “Expanding Your Options in Entrepreneurial Journalism” on Saturday, September 10.
     
In addition to NABJ, sponsors for the event include the Gannett Foundation, NBC Universal and CNN.

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