#NABJNAHJ16 Announces Participants for the 2016 Student Multimedia Project


WASHINGTON (April 19, 2016) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) are pleased to announce the student members who will participate in the Student Multimedia Project during the 2016 Convention and Career Fair in Washington, DC.

Annually, NABJ and NAHJ offer an all-expenses-paid fellowship to outstanding college students to cover its convention and local stories in the host city. This year’s program will take place Aug. 1-6, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

“The Student Multimedia Project offers our student members the opportunity to receive on-the-job training from our dedicated professional journalists. I’m a proud “NABJ Baby” from the 1995 student projects and am happy to see this crop of students get a first-class training opportunity at #NABJNAHJ16,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “The program gives both NABJ and NAHJ students an opportunity to showcase their talents to the membership and help further their journalistic skills.”

“As a former student projects participant and mentor, I know firsthand the value of this great project and I’m happy we are continuing to develop the next generation of Latino journalists,” said Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ President.

The students produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories, which are featured in the convention’s daily newspaper (print and online), and on a daily newscast. Additionally, the students promote special events, programming, and sponsor-related information on the organization’s social media platforms.

“This program is the essence of NABJ’s history and shows the organization’s commitment to providing tools and resources to better equip our student members for the ever-changing media industry,” said SEED Chairman Delano Massey. “The students in this program have a lot of potential to be award-winning journalists and savvy public relations professionals. We are proud to help them pursue their goals.”

“I am very excited about collaborating with NABJ on this year’s student project. It is very rewarding to coach such talented students and to work alongside passionate and committed mentors. Diverse voices are needed now more than ever,” said NAHJ student project leader Monica Rhor.

2016 Student Participants:

NAHJ Students

Kiara Alfonseca, The College at Brockport, SUNY, junior, Journalism/English, Spanish minor

Victor Berrios, San Diego City College, junior, Radio Broadcasting

Yunuen Bonaparte, California State University Fullerton, senior, Photo Communications

Sophia Boyd, Marquette University, senior, Journalism and Spanish

Gabriela Fernandez, San Diego City College, junior, Broadcasting

Julieta Martinelli, Georgia State University, junior, Journalism/Political Science

Gabriela Martinez, University of Maryland – Philip Merrill College of Journalism, graduate student, Journalism

Nicolete Perdomo, Miami Dade College, sophomore, Communications/Journalism

Marco Revuelta, University of Houston, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Constanza Trimarchi, University of Central Florida, junior, Journalism/Political Science

Sebastian Vega, University of Southern California, sophomore, Broadcast and Digital


Kelia Vizcarra, California State University Northridge, junior, Journalism, minor in Spanish-language Journalism


NABJ Journalism Students

Senait Gebregiorgis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Donovan Harrell, Florida A&M University, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Jordyn Holman, University of Southern California, senior, Print and Digital Journalism

Sean Hurd, The George Washington University, senior, Journalism, Exercise Science

Eli Hiller, Ohio University, senior, Photojournalism

Polly Irungu, University of Oregon, senior, Journalism

Torrance Latham, Boston University, graduate student, Journalism

Rarione Maniece, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014, Multimedia Journalism

Elise McGlothia, UNC-Chapel Hill, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Khaled Sayed, City College of San Francisco, senior, Journalism

Sofie Tapia, University of Kentucky, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Erin Turner, Elon University, graduate student, Interactive Media

NABJ PR Students

Dwayne Fuller, University of Kentucky, senior, Integrated Strategic Communication

Chris Grisby, The University of Tampa, junior, Communications

Kandice Head, University of Missouri, senior, Strategic Communications

Angelica Johnson, Western Kentucky University, graduate student, Organizational Leadership/Marketing & Public Relations

Unity Fellow

Charlie Kadado, Wayne State University, junior, Broadcast Journalism


About the National Association of Black Journalists:

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.

About the National Association of Hispanic Journalists:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. For more information, please visit www.nahj.org.