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Boot camp offers lessons in getting media jobs

Apr 04, 2014

By TAYLOR HARRIS
The Panther 

Students from five HBCUs went to boot camp on March 29 at South Carolina State University.

The purpose was to learn about jobs and careers in mass communications.

The National Association of Broadcast Journalists and the South Carolina Association of Black Journalists hosted the Multimedia Boot Camp in the Engineering and Computer Science Complex at S.C. State.

The workshop was an opportunity for students from S.C. State, Claflin, Voorhees, Benedict and Allen to come together and speak with professionals in the mass communications field.

First on the agenda was a discussion of finding media jobs.

"It's about how hungry you are to do this," said Leroy Green, Columbia's WLTX News 19 news director and one of the speakers for the event.

Other professionals offering input were Kimberlei Davis of The Times and Democrat and Fraendy Clervaud of Good Day Columbia.

Davis is a reporter for the Orangeburg newspaper and TheTandD.com. She is also a gospel correspondent on 94.5 and is a multimedia journalist.

"You have to start thinking about where God wants you to be," she said.

Fraendy Clervaud is news anchor for WACH Fox's Good Day Columbia. His message: "Utilize your classroom space."

Clervaud is an advocate for being involved in your major. He supports participating in as many activities that your major provides and getting as much experience as you can.

Green talked about how he was denied at a lot of television stations but never gave up on his dream on becoming a news director.

"It's about how hungry you are to do this. You are the future of what journalism is," Green said. He focused on how persistent - "annoying" at times -- and determined you have to be to achieve your goals in life.

Other topics during the event were:

*             "How to Create a Professional Resume and Cover Letter"

*             "Professional Branding and Networking"

*             "Writing for Mass Media: Print and Broadcast"

*             A series of breakout sessions with Mass Media Professionals

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