Boot camp offers lessons in getting media jobs
By TAYLOR HARRIS
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
Tom Joyner Sky Show takes flight at Claflin
By PRINCESS B. WILLIAMS
Four students were recognized Thursday morning at the Tom Joyner Foundation Sky Show at Claflin University.
Each received the Hercules Scholarship for $1,500 paid directly to the university to help offset college expenses. The scholarship is named after radio personality Tom Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education.
The recipients are: Lorenzo Toland, a senior business administration major from Nesses; Jerame Smalls, a senior business management major from Charleston; Dalton Tresvant, a junior human performance and recreation major from Columbia, and Harold Smith, a freshman business management major from Atlanta.
“It’s truly a blessing to receive something like this,” Tresvant said.
“I really appreciate this. Thank you!” Harold Smith said when he arrived at the podium.
Claflin has been selected as the “School of the Month” by the Tom Joyner Foundation. During March, the university will be collaborating with the foundation to promote Claflin and raise at least $100,000 for the institution’s FOCUS 100 Student Fund.
Tom Joyner is an American radio icon and host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.
The Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month program was created in 1998.
Each year, the foundation chooses 11 historically black colleges and universities which to partner. During the partnership, funds are raised for student scholarships and other necessities for the HBCU. Since 1998, it has raised more than $65 million to keep students enrolled at HBCUs.
Claflin 2011 alumnus and WLTX News 19 reporter Steven Dial hosted the event.
Claflin President Henry N. Tisdale presented more background information on the university’s FOCUS 100 Student Fund.
The fund was created in 2004 to assist students with financial emergencies, the cost of housing, books and tuition fees. The fund allows students to achieve their goals of graduating Claflin while removing the stress of financial burdens and hardships. FOCUS 100 has already contributed to students in need of emergency funding.
“Since the program was established, we’ve jumped from $50,000 to over $250,000,” Tisdale said. “We’re hoping that we’re able to double that.”
“I was able to come to Claflin, because others gave back. Take advantage of this opportunity to help our students. We are about producing visionary leaders. We want to make certain that everyone who desires an education will have the opportunity to receive one,” Tisdale said.