For some reason, this was not a good day to take a current event’s quiz! After near-perfect scores last week, participants had a hard time asking questions like: 1. Who is Elin Nordegren? 2. Name two Texas gubernatorial candidates. 3. Who is Conrad Murray? 4. Name the former U.S. Secretary of State who died yesterday. 5. Why were three women caned in Asia? The scores were dismal. For the bonus: do you know the first name of Vice President Biden’s wife? After everyone got over the shock of the poor scores and a lecture on the need to be informed about current and world events and issues, editors were selected and stories assigned for the DFW/ABJ Journal. Co-editors are: Brad Calhoun of Paul Quinn College and Jasmine Maturino of Lincoln Humanities and Communications Magnet and the managing editor is Paul Quinn’s Channette Fultz. Next each participant was interviewed and assigned mentors based on their interests and career goals. The participants will interview their mentors and write features. Hopefully some will build lasting relationships. For lunch, radio personality and urban journalism workshop alum Gary Hayes (Gary with the Tea) was the speaker. Gary is currently heard on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show where his segment is extremely popular. In addition to talking about the impact the urban journalism workshop had on his career, Gary talked about how he got his start in radio with radio-veteran, Russ Parr. He has also worked on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. After lunch, mentee Robert Musgrove of Texas A&M Commerce had a one-on-one with Gary and Kenezia Smith of El Centro College took photos while Annya Smith of Duncanville High School filmed the interview. Exercises in ethics filled the remainder of the evening. Participants were challenged about various ethical theories and how they made decisions. They reviewed several codes of ethics, including the American Marketing Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Situational ethics appeared to be popular among the group. Special thanks to: Natalie Brown for delivering lunch from her Subway store, Lincoln Magnet Principal Carlos Lee for visiting with the students and Gary Hayes for volunteering to purchase lunch next week (we’re having Blackjack’s Pizza!). Principal Lee said that he will work with us to ensure that more Lincoln students are in the program next year. NEXT WEEK- CALLING ALL RADIO PEOPLE, COME ON OUT AND WORK WITH US: This is the first week of Radio, facilitated by DFW/ABJ Vice President-Broadcast, Eva Coleman. A number of radio professionals will be participating in panels, writing for radio exercises and voice exercises. Fort Worth Star-Telegram VP and Columnist Bob Ray Sanders will be the luncheon speaker, so the participants are in for a real treat. I am attaching the schedule again, just in case anyone missed it. If you're available, we need and want you!