Sandile is a Public Relations major with a minor in Human Development. Raised in Saginaw, MI, I was a volunteer at the local school district’s television station, Saginaw Educational Television. I was a student reporter for Spotlight Network a student run network under the umbrella of Howard University’s television station, WHUT. Last fall, I had the opportunity to do work with the Howard University bureau of ABC News On Campus. I hope to continue her career in media by becoming a magazine writer. I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Honor Society, and Howard Gospel Choir. I also spend time mentoring young girls through an enrichment program called Jewels Incorporated.
Kenedra Burton is a Television Production at Howard University. She was born and raised in the DMV area. When she was 9 years old, her older sister started college, which motivated her to attend college. In June 2010, she graduated from Northwestern High School. While a student there she was a member of the band, and basketball and step teams. Surprisingly, Maury Povich was her inspiration to becoming interested in television production. There were many times where he would talk about his producers and interns. The idea of being a part of the production team intrigued her. After taking two years of Television Production in high school, she knew that this was what she wanted to do. Kenedra enjoys helping others and bringing smiles to people’s faces. Her favorite hobbies are singing, dancing, stepping, and writing poetry. She considers herself to be very creative and unique.
I was born in Trinidad and Tobago, grew up in Washington DC, and attend the Sidwell Friends High School. I recently earned my undergraduate degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. Prior to studying at Brown, I worked as an apparel and accessories designer in New York City’s garment district for 10 years. My mission has been to use production projects to explore intersections of identity, aesthetics and art. My most recent work engages my creative home base of fashion driven photography to interrogate the phenomenon of skin-tone bias within contemporary Black-American communities. “Paper (and plastic) Bag Test” is a video and accompanying photo series that I created which documents the process of creating editorial caliber images using only a model and common materials that might otherwise be discarded. My project also critiques contextual consumer relationships with disposability and luxury. As a Public Media Corps Fellow, I hope to gain new production skills as well as engage those who might feel less than comfortable with new technologies or utilizing digital tools as creative and expressive media.
From my high school years to my present, media has always been a part of my life. I had an urge to express myself, through my art, videos, and other mediums. As a visual communications student in high school, I wanted to impact people with my graphic design. That urge later developed into wanting to impact others with my stories. During my undergrad career at Howard University I studied film production. I wanted to express myself through my scripts and shorts. I always wondered how different other people lives were and I loved to imagine what their stories might be. Some of those interesting musings would become my scripts. In all my work I wanted to form a connection with my audience. Connection is always key.
It was during my Master’s study at Norfolk State University that I first became aware of the power of new digital media and the disparities in technology access that exist between low income, under-served, and minority ethnic groups and mainstream America. I discovered the Public Media Corps project while searching the Internet for relevant urban content to be used for instruction in my classes.
The vision and mission of the project aligned with my teaching pedagogy to connect the dots of Internet access, user ability and content contribution within urban communities. I look forward to working with the Public Media Corps. This is an awesome opportunity to inform, empower and serve my community. More importantly, I look forward to becoming a part of the community and a part of the solution.
I was taught at a young age that I could do whatever I put my mind to. So after graduating from college with a B.S. in Business Marketing/Management, I started Expressive Frontier, a virtual brand/marketing consultancy. My aim was to target small businesses and start-ups who needed branding/re-branding services optimized by using the Internet.
Experience after experience, the passion for creatively packaging and distributing a message grew with each client. I also understood a gift is only great when shared. I vowed to use my brand marketing training in ways that reflect well on our community in every capacity. My approach to business is similar to my approach to life – we are on one constant journey. Therefore, my mind is a brand/marketing vessel traveling the world in search of new adventures through business.
I’ve always wanted to apply my specialty towards a project, which has resulted in much more than just increased sales or boosted public appearances. When I came across the PMC Fellowship program, I was intrigued by the NBPC platform. With a bit of forward thinking, I began to envision how online media, when regionally focused, can effect change from the community to national level. With a great interest sparked, I reached out to PMC in hopes of helping navigate through the vast unexplored realm of regionally focused online media.
I have studied art since I was a child. After graduating from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, I went on to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration and a Masters in Digital Arts. In 2003, I began teaching Special Effects and 3D Animation at Gibbs College. I then moved on to teach K-12 at a Special Education school in DC where I created my own Art department later becoming the program director of that Digital Arts Department. I am currently the illustrator for H.E.L.P. (Hip-Hop Educational Lyrics Program) Workbooks that take the lyrics of popular Hip-Hop songs and use them to teach vocabulary and critical thinking. The program has been endorsed by President Obama and integrated in schools across America. Most recently I produced a highly acclaimed animated mobile device PSA that is targeted towards young adults which was commissioned by the Harlem Health Promotion Center. I plan to use my skills and creative insight to assist the PMC program in engaging the community with high impact results. I hope to gain additional experience, exposure and continue my commitment to arts and public service.
I am a broadcast journalist whose work has taken me all over the country and around the world. I was initially bitten by the ‘journalism bug’ when I was writing my Duke University senior paper about the desegregation of Durham. After graduation, I worked at a local television station in Jacksonville, Florida as a writer and production assistant. The following year, I received a fellowship to New York University, where I earned my Master’s degree in Journalism. While at NYU, I interned at Bloomberg Television. I made my debut as a television reporter in Fort Myers, Florida, continued to earn my “reporting stripes” while working in Washington D.C., and most recently I worked in Boston, Massachusetts as the host of the UPN38 Morning Show. My professional endeavors extend far beyond television. I have written for several publications, including the Baystate Banner and Boston Magazine where I followed a New England farmer to Cuba as he brokered an agricultural deal with Fidel Castro. Last year, I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Hamlin is a freshman Radio-TV-Film major at Howard University. In June 2012, she graduated from Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. While in high school she volunteered at an elementary school in a program that was designed to promote positive atmosphere and better study habits. Hamlin has a passion for telling stories and helping others. She has volunteered countless hours of community service and is very excited to participate in the American Graduate Fellowship.
Harrison is a sophomore Radio-TV-Film major with a concentration in telecommunications management and business administration minor from New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in May 2010, where she was editor in the chief of the school’s newspaper, a district champion track athlete and a member of the student council. In high school, Harrison also tutored and taught elementary school students as part of Breakthrough Collaborative. Harrison is currently a member of the Howard University School of Communications Student Council and the Annenberg Honors Program. In 2011, she completed an internship with Cumulus Broadcasting in New Orleans, where she coordinated events for the four radio stations under the company. Upon graduation, Harrison hopes to attend law school and achieve her dreams of becoming an entertainment lawyer.
Hill is a senior film major at Howard University from Chicago, Illinois. He has had an interest in films and photography from a very young age. His first hands on experience included him being a cameraman under the direction of his father. While at Howard University, Hill continued to gain a deeper appreciation for his craft. He is a musician in the Howard University Jazz Band and a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Hill decided to join the American Graduate Fellowship because he wanted to give back and help young people excel in life. He truly believes that his talents were given to him to be shared with the next generation.
Komonibo is a sophomore Public Relations major with a minor in Political Science from Houston, Texas. He is a sports writer for the Hilltop, the host for a campus TV show entitled “Unlucky in Love” and member of the Howard University Association of Black Journalist. Komonibo decided to apply for the American Graduate Fellowship because he felt it was important to invest in the future of another individual.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As a Washington, DC native, I embarked on a journey to Nebraska, which included opportunities I never would have imagined. While in Lincoln, I entered the News-Editorial & Broadcast Journalism program where I discovered my passion for journalism.
I hope to develop and expand my passion for journalism with the Public Media Corps. PMC would give me the opportunity to combine my love of journalism and my desire to give back to the community. I believe that by using technology we can build better communities.
I learned about the Public Media Corps several months ago through one of the public media organizations I follow on Twitter, and I was excited to join once I read about the Corps’ goals.
For much of my career, I’ve worked in public media because I believe in the programming that public broadcasters can deliver to audiences — particularly in a time when so many commercial media outlets place profit over public service. Today, however, public media’s role in a community should go beyond the one-way street of delivering programs, as high quality as that content might be.
Public media should also be inviting audience members to transcend the common role of being passive viewers and listeners by encouraging them to become participants. Public broadcasters can help individuals express themselves and see their hopes and beliefs reflected to the broader public. And on a community level, public media should provide common spaces — whether real or virtual — where community members can work together to shape the future of where they live, identifying common problems and finding solutions.
Christian Jones is a Film Production major from Atlanta, GA. He is the co-owner of Muddy Canvas Films and looks forward to the company gaining more exposure in the Washington, D.C. area this fall. He is set to be the Historian for the School of Communications during the 2011-12 academic year. He enjoys listening to underground hip-hop, watching indie films, and reading for leisure.
John Knight is a Television Production major attending Howard University with quite an ever-growing area of expertise and knowledge of social media and t.v/video production. I am the Managing Director of Reel Pangea Film Productions. I am currently expanding, and have worked on a variety of projects and production crews, which is where I gained my editing, writing, communication and production skills necessary for my career field. I am without a doubt an optimistic person and know that just about anything I want, I can make a reality, by simply, doing it.
I am a senior at Howard University. A brief summary about myself, I am a driven, progressive, and intellectual young lady. I can easily admit to something when I am wrong and work hard to correct my mistakes. In general, I am just a very hard worker and look forward to excelling in life. I feel these qualities have gotten me to my senior year but also prepared me for my future after college in the media field.
McClain is a senior Film major at Howard University. She transferred from Chabot College in Hayward, California. During that time, she tutored at-risk high school students at John C. Fremont Senior High. McClain was a volunteer at the African American Civil War Museum, member of the Howard University Film Organization and writer of “The Young Lady” an etiquette handbook and curriculum for young girls. She contends that the key to inspiring youth begins with them being proud of their heritage.
While studying Film and African-American history at Howard University, my professors always encouraged me to see the world through another lens… and that’s exactly what I did! Living abroad in the Philippines and interning with a small, independent film studio exposed me to another culture – offering new perspectives and a myriad of diverse experiences.
Working as a community organizer for the Federal Communications Commission fostered my commitment to community service and public interest. As a PMC fellow, I will further that commitment by developing innovative media solutions to ensure that underrepresented communities are prepared to compete in today’s world of twenty-first century technology.
Before I decided to take a hiatus from DC and learn Spanish in Mexico City and Lima, Peru, I had spent three years as the primary teacher for Radio Rootz DC. In addition to producing pieces for Pacifica and Free Speech Radio News, I often share my voice as a freelance writer.
My technical skills are a product of a community radio project called the DC Radio Co-op. The Radio Co-op inspired me to train people from the community on editing, interviewing and constructing their own stories. More importantly, I enjoy learning from the people I train. During the Public Media Corps Fellowship, I can continue to work with people and build a community media movement – both locally and internationally.
Social media has immense potential to change everything in our society. From what we watch on television to what stories are considered “newsworthy” to how we connect with one another, the Internet changes all the traditional methods of engagement.
Five years ago, I was unaware of the untapped power, just using the Internet for my own personal entertainment. However, after learning to blog, blogging professionally, watching the influence of social media grow and watching how the new media environment can either change or reinforce existing social dynamics, I was motivated to do more community outreach. I joined Public Media Corps in hopes to continue spreading information about the use of social media and to ensure that no communities are left behind in this new digital age.
I am the product of a multi-cultural upbringing in politically tenuous countries. I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo of Rwandan parentage and raised in Uganda and Kenya respectively. Public media was an important part of our household life as a link to our diverse communities and the events that could shape them overnight. Yet the full power of media, in its ability to empower or destroy, became apparent to me as I witnessed its use in the propagation of conflict in Rwanda, as well as a critical life-line to the international community during the conflict.
At the age of 17 years old, I left for the United States to study Economics and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia where I continued to nurture my interest in media through various classes which informed my ideas of the role of media to shape self and social perceptions. In 2005, as the recipient of an international research grant to study women’s cooperatives and micro-finance in Rwanda, I had the opportunity to witness active grassroots ‘bottom-up’ approaches to social injustices.
The work women were doing in their communities through sheer initiative and resourcefulness was both inspiring and humbling yet went unreported in local or international media, highlighting the depth of under-representation of many communities in local and global social discourse.
Tyler Scott is from St. Louis, Missouri and is currently a student at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is in his second year of studies as a Film Production major. In high school, Tyler served as junior and senior class president, completed over 200 hours of community service, and graduated with a 3.7 Cumulative GPA. He has transitioned well into college, maintaining a spot on the dean’s list since his first semester at Howard with a 3.6 Cumulative GPA. On campus, he is also involved with Endustry Power Players and the Howard University Film Organization. With his career in film production, Tyler plans to create films, commercials, television shows, movies, music videos, etc. for all races. However, it is his goal to create productions that motivate African-Americans specifically and bring more aesthetics to black films.
I am a photographer, the Visual Arts editor of the grassroots publication Liberator Magazine, and a blogger for Charm City Current, a blog collective developed by the Baltimore Sun. I currently live and work in Washington, D.C.. I was born during the 1980s in the Windy City where, from an early age, I developed a love of the arts (especially photography) and writing. These interests led me to New Expression, a teen-oriented monthly newsmagazine written, produced, and edited by, for and about teenagers in the Chicago-land area. My interests led me to earn my B.A. (with honors) in print journalism from Howard University. During college, I wrote and served as Campus Editor for the campus newspaper, The Hilltop, for two years aand interned for a variety of news organizations. I also earned a M.A. in Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore with a concentration in photography.
Shaw is a sophomore music therapy major from Lithonia, GA. Since the 11th grade, he has been inspired to use music as a tool to help others. Since he has been at Howard, he has engineered four mixtapes by Howard artists, including one of his own, and produced for several artists based in Atlanta and the DMV. This summer, Shaw participated in the “Coca-Cola Pay it Forward” apprenticeship. He had the privilege of working with Grammy Award-winner Ne-Yo. He believes something positive like learning about music and media can influence students to graduate high school and continue on to college.
Stewart is a junior Radio-TV- Film major with a German minor from Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He is currently the Parliamentarian and Men of Honor Co-Chair of the Walter H. Annenberg Honors Program in the School of Communications, President of the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University and also the Co-Chair of Wednesday Night Live under the Office of the Chapel. Summer 2012, Jordan had the opportunity to work as a production and programming intern at the Great American Country Channel (GAC), where he was able to attend the Country Music Festival held at the Grand Ole Opry. Stewart decided to participate in the American Graduate Fellowship because he wanted to use his passion to help other students realize their potential. He wants to not only become a mentor, but a role model for the students so that he can help ensure their successful future.
I am a D.C. raised journalist, musician and radio enthusiast who has been lucky enough to work with public media’s greatest. My college studies were capped off by an independent study of expatriate journalism in Taipei. After college, I was fortunate enough to start a career in public media at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. I soon moved to National Public Radio to help launch and shape Tell Me More with Michel Martin. In addition, I do freelance radio work that has been featured on WAMU-FM’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WBEZ-FM’s This American Life, and KUT-FM’s Latino USA. In my spare time, I am an avid ska guitarist, who is perpetually striving to keep up my Chinese and Spanish language skills, and can occasionally be found documenting the work of performance and slam poets.
Vaughn has a strong commitment to the world of humanitarian effort. After falling victim to his distraught living conditions, Vaughn’s environmental struggle directed him to develop his skill in music and film production. Vaughn attends the prestigious Howard University to nurture his natural creative ability.
As music producer and engineer, he won numerous awards within the DMV area shining light on his unique sound all while creating business for himself as a sound engineer for local artist. While achieving some success as a music producer, Vaughn felt his creative mind was being limited, forcing him to major in film in which he maintains a 3.5 GPA.
Vaughn has successfully jump-started his own entertainment company, gained local recognition as a music producer and engineer, worked on numerous film sets received great references, and has become a networking powerhouse and socialite. Tyrell Vaughn continues to develop as an entrepreneur and has become a networking powerhouse.