By Charlie Kadado
UNITY Reporting Fellow
I was told I’d make many new friends, learn from expert mentors and meet potential employers.
Everything I was told was an understatement.
The past few months have been beyond remarkable, and the contacts and resources I’ve gathered are beyond anything a four-year education could teach.
This summer, I attended and reported from four major journalism conventions in the country – NABJ/NAHJ in Washington D.C., AAJA in Las Vegas, NLGJA in Miami and EIJ in New Orleans. Besides racking up SkyMiles, I collected hundreds of business cards, dozens of new skills and a bolstered love for journalism.
I also met some of the most dynamic and insightful student journalists from all parts of the country, many of whom have become friends and contacts. Additionally, I still keep in touch with the great mentors who genuinely prepared us, edited our work and introduced us to recruiters.
It was so special to meet news directors or recruiters at one convention, and see them again at another convention. It made a great impression, especially when many remembered my resume and experiences, and noticed edits based on their recommendations.
This program is more than an opportunity to grow, to learn and to see new things. It’s a bridge builder. It’s a chance to learn about the challenges facing journalism, the desire to maintain and promote diversity and the value of building bridges between future and older generations of journalists.
This experience has made me feel well-rounded, well-connected and hopeful for the future of journalism. I know the contacts I’ve met and the skills I’ve learned will help kick-start my career. It already has.
Thank you, UNITY.
Samples of my written and video work from the NABJ/NAHJ convention in Washington D.C., the AAJA convention in Las Vegas, the NLGJA convention in Miami and the EIJ convention in New Orleans:
Wednesday newscast: https://youtu.be/shv3bQ7mE7w
Thursday newscast: https://youtu.be/Ke921lp3_GE
Few journalists of color among Pulitzer winners, report finds: http://nabjnahjstudentproject.com/
Fremont street performers speak out against restrictive laws: http://voices.aaja.org/2016/08/12/fremont-street-performers-speak-out-against-new-laws/
Ethnic media grows despite changes at traditional news outlets: http://voices.aaja.org/2016/08/11/ethnic-media-grows-despite-changes-roiling-traditional-news-outlets/
Refugee debate continues months after governors call for halt: http://voices.aaja.org/2016/08/13/refugee-debate-continues-months-after-governors-call-for-halt/
Arab Americans and their television preferences: http://voices.aaja.org/2016/08/13/arab-americans-and-their-television-preferences/
NLGJA president sees future in UNITY’s new structure: http://news.nlgjaconnect.org/2016/09/09/nlgja-president-sees-future-unitys-new-structure/
NLGJA convention kicks off in Miami: http://news.nlgjaconnect.org/2016/09/08/preview-nlgja-convention-kicks-off-miami/
Protesters call for the removal of Confederate monuments: http://www.eijnews.org/2016/09/20/protesters-call-for-the-removal-of-confederate-monuments/
FAA clarifies use of drones for newsgathering: http://www.eijnews.org/2016/09/19/faa-clarifies-use-of-drones-for-newsgathering/
5 tips to help you become a better freelancer: http://www.eijnews.org/2016/09/19/5-tips-to-help-you-become-a-better-freelancer/