The Dow Jones News Fund HBCU Digital Media Institute has chosen its 2021 cohort of HBCU students for three days of training in digital media storytelling techniques. Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication will host the virtual institute May 26-28, 2021. The students will be able to expand digital media skills including videography, photography, audio, graphic design and immersive technologies.
Francine Huff, a professor at FAMU, will direct the digital media institute. Other instructors include Michael Grant, founder at Get Current Studio; Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, Boston University; Alicia Hope, Visiting Assistant Professor, FAMU; Justyn Thomas, Creative Director, 422 Agency; L.Michelle Salvant, founder of L.MichelleMedia; and Kalisha Whitman, Senior TV Manager, University of Florida.
Francine Huff is a professor at the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (FAMU SJGC). As the Knight Chair for Student Achievement she launched the Knight Chair Speaker Series. She is the advisor for Journey magazine and is the Capstone coordinator. She has been an adjunct professor at Kean University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University. Huff has had a distinguished career as a journalist and worked at the Wall Street Journal where she was the spot news bureau chief, a news editor and a copy editor. She also worked for the Boston Globe and other publications, and founded Super Savvy Publishing. She has a Master of Communication and Information Studies degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University.
Michelle Johnson is Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, at Boston University. She served as the very first Academic Representative on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists from 2016 to 2018. Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and boston.com. For more than 20 years she has conducted training for professional and student journalists for a variety of organizations including the SPJ/Google News Initiative, the Maynard Institute, the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
Alicia E. Hope is a Visiting Assistant Professor at FAMU SJGC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from FAMU and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media Design from Full Sail University. Her areas of expertise include print design, brand development and design strategy with over 10 years of experience in the creative field. Alicia began her career as a graphic designer for the Marome Agency in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Little did she know that this path would lead to her becoming an educator at her alma mater. Currently, Alicia imparts her knowledge and love of design to the next generation of scholars at SJGC. Teaching them the fundamentals in program software, graphic design and how to in the words of her students “Secure the bag.”
Justyn Thomas is a published developer, photographer and designer with over 10 years of quality experience in multimedia arts. He has worked with various agencies, political campaigns, law firms, and international corporations. In his free time, you can find him coding, conducting research, and snapping pictures of “everyday” people doing “everyday” things.
L.Michelle Salvant is an Emerging Media & Content Development Coach in Tallahassee, FL. Her company, LMichelleMedia, specializes in offering Consulting, Training and Coaching services that explore new methods of communicating, including using VR, AR, XR and AI. A graduate of FAMU, L.Michelle continues the school’s motto of “Excellence with Caring” while using what she’s passionate about to assist Church/Ministry leaders with Media as well as help Students learn different ways to use Media for Good. She is married to Army Reserve Chaplain, Christopher Salvant, Sr. and they have one son, Chris Jr.
Michael Grant is a veteran journalist specializing in editorial experience design and recently founded Get Current Studio — a design, web development and storytelling creative agency that is helping black publishers through digital transformation. Prior to founding Get Current, Grant completed the Google News Lab Teaching Fellowship where he provided newsrooms and universities with expert in-person training on a range of tools for reporting and storytelling. Previously, Grant was UX design editor at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. While at Reveal, he brought d.school training to bear — a skill acquired during a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Grant is also an alum of the San Francisco Business Times, the Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and he leads the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship at the annual Online News Association conference.
Kalisha Whitman introduces participants to video and audio production in this two-hour session. The course is a deep dive into understanding how to cultivate vivacious visuals and seductive sound for journalism, media and news dissemination. The session includes interactive discussions and breakout sessions that allow participants to engage in mobile usage, interview strategies, video editing, audio tips and low cost license free materials. After this course, participants will be more equip to create sustainable content rooted in the core of ethical journalism practices.