Black journalists’ association to hold panel discussion, mentoring event at URI, Saturday, April 23

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College, high school students invited to meet with professionals


KINGSTON, R.I. – April 11, 2016 – College and high school students can get tips on how to land that first job, get the most out of internships, beef up their resumes and polish that audition tape when the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists presents Spring Into Journalism Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


It will be held at the URI Pharmacy Building, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston campus, rooms 170, 240 and 105.


Subtitled “How to Navigate the Changing World of Media,” the free event will be hosted by the University of Rhode Island. For further information and to register for a one-on-one mentoring opportunity, go to SNEABJ or email the organization at SNEABJstudents@gmail.com. Lunch will be provided at no charge to the participants.


The keynote speaker is Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio. Coleman and six panel members will discuss the current world of media and journalism and how they broke into and advanced in their careers.


The panel members are: Darren Haynes, ESPN sportscaster; Karen Rezendes, WPRI 12 news director; Alisha Pina, Providence Journal reporter; Patricia Nicolas, Worcester News Tonight reporter; Rony Camille, WBZ digital operations producer and Ryan Pickering, WJAR photographer.


“Our inaugural event last year at URI was stimulating and exciting for students and the professionals who participated,” said Barbara Morse Silva, Channel 10 anchor and president of the association. “This year, we will again be offering students the opportunity to meet individually with pros in the business to discuss how to launch their careers.”


Cierra Putman, a reporter at Channel 10, and fundraiser event co-chair for the association, was a member of the panel last year.


“I was very impressed with the questions and preparation of the students last year, and we expect more of the same this year,” Putman said. “We’ll first offer a great keynote address with Freddie Coleman and then have a discussion among all of guests. Then our speakers will offer tips that will apply directly to individual students’ career directions.”


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