Junior gains hands-on experience in multimedia
During spring break, many students plan vacations to sightsee and lounge on the beach, but Maurice Richardson, a mass communications major, chose to spend his break networking and gaining hands-on experience.
Richardson, a junior with a broadcast journalism emphasis, participated in North Carolina A&T's 19th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course, which took place March 16-19 in Greensboro, N.C.
The short course was aimed at encouraging student NABJ members to pursue television management as a career.
The program gives students the chance to work with mentors to gain hands-on experience and a practical understanding of what the career entails. The short course also gives students the opportunity to network with other professionals and students.
"It was my first time in Greensboro, and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity," said Richardson, 21. "I was able to compete with other HBCU students from across the nation."
Kathy Times, NABJ national president, informed Richardson of the short course when the two worked at Fox 40 News. Richardson is a sports reporter for the Jackson affiliate.
Richardson applied for the program in December and by February, he was accepted. A total of 25 students from various HBCUs were chosen to participate in the program.
"I gained so much information and received help on my resume and cover letter," said Richardson. "I also learned the importance of why it is good to stay updated with what's going on in the news."
Toward the end of the course, participants were given a project to complete; Richardson visited local businesses to find out how the St. Patrick's Day holiday impacted them.
Richardson advises all NABJ members to take the opportunity because it's now his road to a new beginning. "I plan to attend next year."