ONE DOWN AND 11 TO GO! The first day of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop went extremely well. Actually it was so rewarding because the students were really engaged and a few parents also stopped by to see what was happening. Even Meyla Hooker, an alum from the late 1990s showed up with a student! There were students from Lincoln Humanities and Communications Magnet, Paul Quinn College, Stephen F. Austin State University/El Centro, Duncanville High School, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet, Texas A&M Commerce and Daniel Intermediate. The students started off learning protocol and Joe Thomas, who teaches R/TV Film at Lincoln talked to the students about his work on different projects and what he teaches in his classes. DFW/ABJ Board member Sharon Egiebor of Egiebor Expressions, Toska Medlock-Lee of Flow Records, Gemeral Berry of Our Texas Magazine and Reginald Hardwick of NBC 5 talked about their careers and answered questions. Next Shewanda Riley, who is the D/FW-ABJ Jobs and Internships Chair, talked about preparing for job interviews, getting letters of recommendation and more. It was a full day. A special thanks to Dr. Louie White of Lincoln for being there bright and early to let us in, Natalie Brown of SUBWAY for delivering lunch, Brenda Epperson (two of her grandchildren were in the workshop last year--Ty and Kelsie) for bringing snacks for our session, and to Mary Bennett, who has two grandchildren who are alums of the program--she gave a $50 donation.
Coming up next week: CBS 11’s Steve Pickett is going to be at the workshop to share interviewing and note-taking tips before leading the students in a mock press conference. The students will then cover NBA star and Lincoln graduate Chris Bosh at a luncheon and Q&A session with Sports Net TV‘s (and NABJer) Brian Custer. From there, students and instructors will be off to the many NBA activities!!! Attached is a copy of the tentative (and ever-changing) schedule for the workshop. Please contact me if you would like to participate in any session or fill in any gap. Also, if you’d like to donate lunch or snacks, that would be great! We’re keeping with the tradition that was started by George Curry and Gerald Boyd and then was brought to Dallas by Rochelle Riley. This is year number 21! Let’s keep the tradition going!