Unity Conference 2008

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UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism faculty, staff, students, and alumni united and reunited in Chicago from July 23-27 for UNITY 2008. The UNITY Conference is a collaborative effort on behalf of the Asian American Journalists Association, Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and National Association of Black Journalists to bring journalists of color together every four years to teach, learn, and connect.

Paul Grabowicz, Lanita Pace-Hinton, Alisha Klatt, Jerry Monti, and Jeremy Rue from the Knight Digital Media Center joined forces with journalists from publications around the country for a daylong workshop in multi-media storytelling. The goal of the workshop was to help journalists successfully transition to web-centric publishing and broadcasting, while maintaining the highest journalistic standards. The session utilized hands-on training devised by the KDMC’s Reporting and Convergence Workshops--which are held here at the J-school--and covered topics such as storyboarding, digital video and photography, capturing and editing sound, and the basics of creating a Flash slide show.

Meanwhile, current students Brittney Johnson (2009), Steve Saldivar (2010), and Shilanda Woolridge (2010) joined Pam Gleason and Stacy Redd from Student Affairs to staff the J-school booth at UNITY’s Career and Media Expo. The Expo featured representatives from major print, broadcast, and online journalism outlets, as well many other universities and non-profit organizations. Prospective students came by the Berkeley booth to get their questions answered about application procedures and admissions policies, and Berkeley alumni from many graduating classes came by to say hello and share memories from their experiences at the J-school.

The Berkeley/UNITY contingency, including Dean Neil Henry, met up for some famous Chicago-style pizza after the first day of the conference. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the success of the KDMC’s workshop, as well as allow alumni the chance to catch up with faculty, staff, and each other, and give advice to the current students in attendance.

The J-school’s involvement at UNITY further demonstrates its commitment to diversity, high-quality journalism, and journalism education, and plans are in already being made for an even bigger presence the 2012 conference.

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