Given this week’s epic winter storm, it wasn’t easy for members of the National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri chapter, to make it out to Los Angeles. But after being forced to spend Tuesday night at a hotel near the St. Louis airport, the 30 students finally arrived around midnight Thursday morning.
The purpose of the trip, underwritten by student fundraising and help from the LA NABJ chapter headed by NBC 4’s Beverly White, is to give these visitors a chance to network with LA media leaders. The formally attired students are split into four different sub-groups – print, stratcom, broadcast, production – and have been able to pow wow collectively at PR agencies American Rebel and Blaze, KABC-AM, and Focus Features.
“One of the people we talked to at Focus explained how important it was for her, as a film executive, to consider not just the potential power of a script’s words but also the associated impact of a movie role’s images,” explains 20-year-old junior and stratcom group member Lauren Fitzpatrickvia telephone with FishbowlLA. “Especially when it comes to minority characters. She said they have consider all the possible ways audiences might react to what is going to be depicted.”
The excursion wraps up Saturday with breakfast at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, where students will get to review with White and hopefully a few other LA chapter members.