Students Serve as Panelists at UNITY 2008 Convention
On Saturday, July 26, aspiring journalists and Mikva students Shantel Jarmon and Edward Ward served as panelists at a session of the UNITY 2008 Journalists of Color Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. The session, called "Inside Readers' Heads," was facilitated by Alex Cruden of the Detroit Free Press (pictured at right with Shantel and Edward) and gave the professional journalists in the audience a chance to hear how non-journalists react to different types of news headlines.
Both students found the panel experience valuable. "Most people my age don't get the opportunity to tell editors how they feel about newspapers. It was great to hear their reaction to our input and help them understand how youth feel about the media," said Shantel, a recent graduate of Morgan Park High School. Edward, a sophomore at Orr High School, agreed. "I thought the session was very interesting, especially the way that the audience reacted to our opinions," he said.
The UNITY Convention is the largest gathering of journalists of color in the United States. This year, nearly 10,000 journalists and media executives met to discuss timely issues affecting journalism and the media industry. They also heard from Sen. Barack Obama on the convention's last day.