This week ABC News announced an addition to the ABC News on Campus program, now in its third year, with Howard University joining as a college bureau. The program is a partnership with top journalism schools designed to educate and mentor talented college students. In 2008, ABC News created the bureaus to help guide student journalists and provide opportunities for them to report on stories in their area. Each campus bureau is equipped with the latest digital newsgathering technology, including new DV cameras and laptop edit stations. The program also pairs student journalists with some of the network’s most seasoned producers. The students work on original stories, some of which are featured across ABC News platforms. Many of the student-generated stories can be viewed at: ABCNewsOnCampus.com.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Howard University to help shape the next generation of young journalists. These are some of the brightest and most curious students you will find anywhere,” said John Green, executive producer of Special Programming and Development at ABC News. “Howard University has a great tradition and dedication to journalism education, and we are excited to welcome its students into the ABC News on Campus program.”
This year, ABC News on Campus will also continue its collaboration with the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Because of a grant secured by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, at HKU, students will have the opportunity to develop projects for ABC News. The partnership with the HKU marks the first collaboration between ABC News on Campus and a journalism school outside the United States. Under the leadership of Jim Laurie, an ABC News veteran who now teaches at the university, the students pitch stories directly to ABC News in New York, with the goal of completing six packages throughout the course of the semester for use on one or more of ABC News’ platforms.
Roving Reporter of the Year
In addition to working with its partner bureaus, ABC News on Campus also invited student journalists at accredited colleges and universities to contribute and be mentored as part of the program’s Roving Reporter initiative. For the 2010 school year, ABC News selected Alex Pena, a student at Florida Gulf Coast University as the “Roving Reporter of the Year.” Pena submitted a first-hand report on the Mexican Drug Wars and how citizens were using Twitter to stay informed when traditional media outlets were stifled by escalating violence in the region. That reporting caught the attention of ABC News’ on Campus producers and earned him the “Roving Reporter” status.
The 2010/2011 student bureau chiefs and faculty liaisons will visit ABC News headquarters for on-site mentoring at the end of September. Each year, student participants are selected by ABC News and the respective colleges through a series of interviews. Each ABC News on Campus bureau has a team of official ABC News college journalists including a student bureau chief. These positions are supervised by a participating university-appointed faculty member and by ABC News.
The 2010/2011 ABC News on Campus college bureau chiefs are:
- Nathan O’Neal, Student Bureau Chief: Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Marlei Martinez, Student Bureau Chief: Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
- Clark Fouraker, Student Bureau Chief: University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications
- Charlie Litton, Student Bureau Chief, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Candace Smith, Student Bureau Chief, Howard University, John H. Johnson School of Communications
- Suyun Hong, Student Bureau Chief, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism
Despite the hard economic times, 2009/2010 program graduates were able to secure employment in the media industry. Some recent examples: Former University of Texas Bureau Chief Sara Story is an on-air reporter at KLTV-TV, an ABC affiliate in Tyler, TX; Former University of Nebraska staffer Elicia Dover and former University of Texas Bureau Chief Xorje Olivares are both working as Digital News Associates for ABC News in New York; Former Arizona State University Bureau Chief Maxine Park is currently a video producer at USA Today; and Former University of Syracuse staffer Matt Markham has been hired as an on-air reporter at WBNG-TV in Binghamton, NY.
ABC News’ Christina Caron is managing editor of the program, overseeing the day-to-day content and story development from the college journalists. ABC News Executive Producer of Special Programming and Development John Green supervises and manages the program.