So proud of all of the students who we hosted here this past week at The University of Alabama for the 30th Multicultural Journalism Workshop.
This Dow Jones News Fund workshop is one of the longest-running in the nation and brings together some of hottest prospects for diversifying journalism schools around the nation.
This afternoon, students unveiled their web-based product — the MJP Journal 2013 edition, which featured stories on the 50th anniversary of key events in civil rights history, including the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” here at the University and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.”
The reporting, based on two days of reporting in Central Alabama, provided students some life-changing (and potentially career-forming) experiences.
I was proud of see among this year’s class, my cousin, Kelly Royster, who hails from Henrico High School in my hometown of Richmond, Va.
But, there were so many other outstanding students in this class. Just impressive in their thirst for knowledge, their depth of understanding of issues and excitement about possibly studying journalism after their finish high school.
I’m glad I had a chance to work with them in some of the broadcast news sessions and incorporate them into one of my college journalism classes this past week.
IF this year’s MJW students are indication, our future as a journalism profession is VERY BRIGHT.