The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) will host its first ever Student Forum, Saturday, October 16, 2010 on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University (Communications Building). The FREE event is scheduled from 9 a.m. (registration) to 2 p.m.

This forum (including a complimentary breakfast and lunch) is designed to attract high school and college students majoring in communications, journalism, etc. and desiring to work in the media upon graduation. The hope is to attract approximately 100 students from area colleges and universities.

“This will be a great opportunity for students to obtain valuable information, network and learn firsthand about changes in the industry,” says Dedrick Russell, CAABJ chapter president.

An added feature will be actor Hill Harper, of CBS’s CSI New York. Harper, also an author and motivational speaker is scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m.

A sampling of forum workshops includes:

  • Art of The Article: Writing the story everyone wants to read
  • Hearing is believing: Connecting with radio and TV audiences
  • Breaking news in black and white: Digging through documents to find news
  • Reporting in the Moment: Exploring the field of live reporting
  • Landing that first job: Tips for students entering the job market

In addition, media experts will interact one-on-one with students and critique their writing samples. Thus students are encouraged to bring writing clips. This event is open to the public, and high school and college students, regardless of race, are encouraged to attend.

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