National Assocation of Black Journalists (NABJ) Conference
August 19-25, 2001
Christopher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at George Washington University in Washington, DC. His interest in the media arts and journalism reaches as far back as high school, where he was enrolled in the Communications Arts Magnet program. There he gained extensive training in television and radio production, as well as newspaper reporting and writing. Christopher earned his Master's at Ohio State University. While at OSU, he focused his journalism and broadcasting experiences and historical interest in radio towards his thesis on the legendary black radio disc jockeys of the post-World War II era. His thesis explores how these pioneer deejays' unique verbal styles established the institution of personality radio and shaped the lives of their listening communities. Christopher will be working to develop his MA thesis into an audio program that highlights the black disc jockey's decisive impact on radio and American popular culture.
James King has been interested in journalism since the tender age of 12. His goal is to one day become a sports director or sports commentator. He is originally from Palo Alto, CA and received a degree in journalism from Alabama State University. At Alabama State, he participated in the marching band as Baritone Freshmen section leader and Head Drum Major. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and he is also a Master Mason. This past April, he won an Alabama Associated Press Student Broadcast award for radio.
Sarita D. Jackson received the Irene Diamond Fellowship last year to attend Brown University as a doctoral candidate. Ms. Jackson currently majors in Comparative Politics with a focus on Latin America. She completed her bachelorís degree at the University of Southern California in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish in Dec. 1999. Her interests lie in the media because of the profound impact it plays in revealing various truths and recording history. She served as an editorial columnist for USCís Daily Trojan newspaper, interned at WJLA-7 in Washington, D.C., worked as a bilingual reporter for KLCS News 58 in Los Angeles, CA and worked as a Publications Assistant for L.A. Physician Magazine in Los Angeles, CA. This summer, she was an intern in the Deputy Secretary Richard Armitageís office at the U.S. Department of State.
Augustine Rho is in her last year of a broadcast journalism degree at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee. It's "Augie"'s second year in the project. She spent the past year reporting and working as an anchor for FAMU-TV's Newsbreak, hosting and producing "Strike-n-blaze", a music and entertainment show she created, the opinion's editor for the Famuan newspaper, and the business manager for Journey magazine. She plans to work as an entertainment producer and pursue a music career upon graduation.
As a senior at Texas Southern in Houston, Bambi was tapped to be the Acting Football Sports Information Director last season. Also, she's been a campus correspondent for the Black College Sports Report for the past three years. Last August, she was selected to participate in a project sponsored by Dunwoodie Communications (NY), in conjunction with the National Association of Black Journalists and the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.