NBCUniversal and N.C. A&T have established a partnership to further develop initiatives to direct graduates of historically black colleges and universities into media careers.
The media and entertainment company donated $50,000 to the N.C. A&T department of journalism and mass communication to support such efforts. NBCUniversal will be a sponsor of this year’s National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course, held each spring at A&T. The short course program is a rigorous four-day seminar that allows HBCU journalism students to gain hands-on experience and a practical understanding of broadcast newsroom jobs.
Exposing students to real-world media environments and introducing them to industry professionals has been a hallmark of the program since its inception in the 1990s. A&T’s partnership with NBCUniversal will support such efforts to position HBCU graduates for careers in media, film and entertainment.
Journalism graduates have found success with NBC-affiliated organizations, including Anzio Williams, ’94, vice president of news at NBC10-WCAU in Philadelphia; Danya Baachus, ’04, an NBC 7 News anchor in San Diego; and digital journalist Kyle Harvey, ’09, music editor for NBCUniversal’s thegrio.com, a multimedia news community that focuses on stories and issues that affect and reflect black America.