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Students attend National Association of Black Journalists Convention

Students at NABJ This summer, while other high school students were enjoying a break, St. Augustine High School film crew, journalists had the opportunity to attend the recent 42nd National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair (NABJ) convention held in New Orleans. 

Nearly 3,000 people attended the 42nd NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans. The convention attracts media presidents and publishers of companies including the New York Times, OWN, ABC, NBC, CNN, TV One, CBS, ABC, New York Times and the National Newspaper Publishers Association. NABJ addresses topics that are inclusive and relevant to all journalists, especially those of color facing newsroom job security and career equity among other issues.

During the convention St. Augustine Students were invited to attend the Sports Taskforce mentor breakfast featuring top ESPN journalists Jemele Hill, Keith Reid, Michael Smith, Al Jaffe, and New Orleans naive and Purple Knight Stan Verrett ’84 who as the keynote speaker, gave an inspirational speech that encouraged young journalists.

Students spent time with other St. Augustine alumni including Kurt Davis '78, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Relations for the CBS Television Network, Todd Smith ‘81, General Manager of New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV, and Aulston Taylor ‘95, Senior Account Executive BET Networks. 

Prior to the convention the students applied and were selected to participate in the NABJ High School Journalism Workshop—JSHOP a five-day journalism workshop. JSHOP—partners’ veteran journalists with incoming high school students and recent high school graduates. Over the last eight years, journalists have assisted more than 100 high school students in seven different cities. Twenty-five percent of participants go on to major in Mass Communication and Journalism, while 75 percent of participants cite the program for improved critical thinking and communication skills.

“In our current environment, it is vital that we not only support journalists in the industry but clear a path for those coming behind us. Without a doubt, we must stay faithful to the tenets of truth, diversity, inclusion, and growth,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ National President. “JSHOP allows high schools students to experience our profession in a way that shows them the value of our work, and why we need new people to join our ranks. And even if JSHOP participants are not interested in journalism careers, they walk away with a new skill set and a new network.”

By the conclusion of the workshop and convention, participating students developed a portfolio of professionally-developed media products including articles, photographs, and video clips. The students now have a greater sense of what the journalism profession entails and a strong foundation to pursue journalism at school, in college, and as a career.