Outstanding Class for 30th Multicultural Journalism Workshop Wraps Up 10-Day Experience in Tuscaloosa

Multicultural Journalism Workshop students reflect on their 10 days in Tuscaloosa for the 30th year of the program at University of Alabama.

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Students in the 30th Multicultural Journalism Workshop each gave short presentations Sunday at their closing program, attended by members of their family.

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.

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My cousin, Kelly Royster of Henrico High School in Richmond, Va, shares her high points and biggest challenges of the Multicultural Journalism Workshop at the University of Alabama.

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.

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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