America’s most popular awards and entertainment shows have nothing on Florida A&M University (FAMU) as two female journalism students will share the stage in Lee Hall Auditorium as co-hosts for the biannual J-School Journals revue. For the first time in the six-year history of this festival of documentaries, the traditional male-female, master-mistress of ceremony routine will be replaced by the lively and engaging banter of two coeds (Esi Yamoah and Kaci Jones) who both hope to someday make their living doing just that…talking.
J-School Journals is a biannual event that will showcase film documentaries written and produced by students in FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the general public.
Documentaries selected to premier at this semester’s event include:
- Minority Pool (Bria Bennett and Amanda Legros)
- Love PLUS (Alexandria Collins and Erickson Joseph)
- Invisible Prey (Kristen Swilley and Brandon McMullen)
- A Need To Belong (Aaron Tillman and Kierra King)
“I’m very pleased with the choice of hosts for J-School Journals this semester,” said Kenneth Jones, a professor in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at FAMU and the mastermind behind the event. “The entire production represents an interactive learning opportunity for students who want to be involved…we’re looking for talented students. Period.”
Jones said the co-hosts positions are an example of the supporting ‘props’ that help showcase the documentary film skills of the top broadcast journalism students at FAMU.
What began six years ago as a simple gathering to view student documentary projects has since become a grand production that includes a mini-film festival, entertainment, audience interaction, games and giveaways. This is all done by students and beautifully orchestrated by student co-hosts who are selected through an audition process.
“I really appreciate the opportunity,” said Esi Yamoah, a senior broadcast journalism student from Tallahassee who has been selected to be one of the hosts for J-School Journals this semester. “This is just another chance for me to develop my skills in front of an audience.”
Yamoah, who hopes to be a news reporter some day, will share the spotlight on Saturday evening with Kaci Jones, a third-year broadcast journalism student from Port St. Lucie.
Other supporting ‘props’ for the event include an opening performance by MEISA Live, a group of students who are part of the FAMU chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association. Student associates in the university’s PRodigy PR Firm will lead the audience in a rip-roaring intermission filled with raffle drawings and giveaways including gift cards, CDs by popular artists and more.