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Dow Jones News Fund Selects FAMU for HBCU Digital Media Institute

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HBCU DIGITAL MEDIA INSTITUTE

Weeklong immersive training will introduce fellows to digital storytelling techniques

TALLAHASSEE (February 12, 2020) -- Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) has received a $30,000 grant to host the Dow Jones News Fund HBCU Digital Media Institute May 11 to 15.

Professor Francine Huff, the Knight Chair for Student Achievement, will direct the institute that will offer 15 students a week of immersive training in the latest digital media newsgathering and storytelling techniques. The students will be able to expand skills including podcasting, website design, videography, social media management, data visualization and coding.

Joining Huff at the FAMU SJGC building will be Michael Grant, teaching fellow at Google News Lab; Michelle Johnson, associate professor of the practice, Multimedia Journalism, Boston University; Alicia Hope, visiting instructor, FAMU; and Justyn Thomas, partner and creative director, 422 Agency.

“I am thrilled that the Dow Jones News Fund has chosen FAMU SJGC to receive this grant and host the boot camp,” said Huff. “The funding will allow us to offer intensive multimedia training that will help prepare students to be more competitive in the job market, as well as take the skills back to their student media outlets.”

The institute is seeking a cohort of sophomores and juniors from historically black college and universities across the country who are interested in learning digital media skills. This group will work together to produce a website project that includes various digital media content. The Dow Jones News Fund HBCU Digital Media Institute will cover all travel, housing and meals.

“It is exciting to be able to offer this training opportunity to students at SJGC as well as students from other HBCUs,” said Huff.

Students interested in attending the training should submit an application online at the registration link by Friday, March 6, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST.

Contact Information:
Prof. Francine L. Huff
850-412-6587
Francine.huff@famu.edu