13th Outreach Conference Wraps Up Today After Week of Memorable Events

The 13th National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) wraps up Wednesday at the University of Alabama, but not after some memorable events.

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As one of those who has worked on the team planning the 13th National Outreach Scholarship Conference, I can hardly believe that it is almost over.

But, I’m excited about what I have seen over the last two days as the University of Alabama was front-and-center for a national discussion of the REAL ROLE of any college or University:  How Well it Serves its community.

UA Women’s Basketball Coach Wendell Hudson spoke to attendees Tuesday night at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference. Hudson was the first African American scholar athlete to be admitted to the University.

Some 500 attendees have been here to Tuscaloosa to engage on how we should PARTNER, INSPIRE and CHANGE our communities and the energy with which we will leave this afternoon is like no other.

Even as I prepare for Day 3, I have to brag on my students– young and old who have been prominently displayed at this year’s conference

THE YOUNGEST PRESENTERS

I was pleased to see Third graders Sean Smith and Joshua Patton talk about the 15-month partnership between the University and Tuscaloosa’s Oakdale Elementary School.

Each Tuesday, I work with 45 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in producing The Oakdale Eagle.

On Tuesday, Smith and Patton, who started with me as rising second graders, made their PowerPoint Presentations to a nice crowd at a national conference.

Their teacher, Latrina Spencer, who initiated the partnership, also answered questions about the role of journalism at the elementary school level.

The whole world was seeing what I get to see now each Tuesday when I worked with these students– how GREAT THEY ARE now as journalists!

THE PHOTOJOURNALIST TURNED COMMUNITY GARDENER

I still remember when Andrea Mabry was in my introductory journalism class.

Today she is a graduate student here at the University, but not after serving as a photojournalist for countless events here on campus and around Tuscaloosa.

She still does photography projects on the side, but recently she has started a Farmers Market.

Tuesday she and two other students told the story of the Farmers Market.

And, I got a chance to photograph the photojournalist.

There is so much more to write about NOSC 2012.    But, I’ll have to do it later.

An action-packed Day 3 is about to kick off in one hour.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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