Howard University Multicultural Media Academy in partnership with the Dow Jones News Fund


2021 Faculty

The Howard University Multicultural Media Academy invited high school students to attend a free journalism workshop from June 14-25, 2021. The virtual 10-day program was open to U.S. high school students in ninth through 12th grades and new graduates who would be entering college in the fall. Workshops were held virtually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program focuses on how to use the power of multimedia journalism to cover health and wellness in underserved communities. It is sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“We’re honored that Howard was again selected as one of the national sites to host this new series of workshops with a special focus on health and wellness,” said Professor Yanick Rice Lamb. She is the co-director of the program with Christine McWhorter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of broadcast journalism.

Faculty members, professional journalists and college student coaches taught multicultural high school students how to report stories about the causes of poor health outcomes in their communities, how to engage stakeholders and how to find solutions. Students gained real-life experience in translating this information to disseminate to the public, how to use their curiosity and powers of observation to develop and pitch ideas, and how to tell these stories across platforms.

In addition to the basics of journalism and health reporting, students learned about ethics, Solutions Journalism, the Black Press, social media, deciphering medical journals and studies, management and news trends, mobile journalism, photography, video, and open-source tools, such as Story Map and interactive timelines. They met professionals from a variety of companies, including the Washington Informer, Medium, the Cancer Letter, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

In addition to program manager Dandrea James Harris, instructors and guest lecturers included:

  • Journalism 101 – Dr. Christine McWhorter
  • Great Beginnings: How to Write Leads You Love – Professor Yanick Rice Lamb
  • Health 101 – Professor Yanick Rice Lamb and Hamil Harris
  • Reporter’s Notebook: “Covering Racial Health Inequality — From COVID-19 to Maternal and Infant Mortality,” Linda Villarosa, Author and Journalist at The New York Times and Essence; contributor to 1619 Project
  • Understanding Scholarly Research in Journals, Matthew Ong, Associate Editor and Investigative Reporter, The Cancer Letter
  • Covering Your Community: Developing Story Ideas and Sources, Hamil Harris, Contributing Writer for the Washington Post and reporter at Washington Informer. He also conducted a session active listening.
  • Journalism 101 – Dr. Christine McWhorter
  • WordPress Tutorial, Professor Ingrid Sturgis and web developer Matt Dulin
  • Mobile Journalism: Making the Most of Your Cell Phone, Dr. Christine McWhorter
  • InShot Tutorial, Dr. Stacey Patton, Assistant Professor
  • A View From the Top: Monica Norton, Deputy Local Editor, and Tracy Grant, Managing Editor, Washington Post
  • Solutions Journalism: J. Israel Balderas, Esq., Assistant Professor of Convergence Journalism at Elon University; former Emmy Award-Winning TV Anchor and Reporter
  • Journalism Ethics: Professor Jennifer Thomas, Journalism Sequence Coordinator and former CNN Executive Producer
  • Legacy of Health Coverage by the Black Press
    • Hazel Trice Edney, Founder, Trice-Edney News Service
    • Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer
    • Lottie Joiner, Editor-in-Chief, The Crisis Magazine
    • A. Peter Bailey, former Ebony Staff Writer and Editor of Malcolm X’s newsletter
  • Shaq Cheris, Editor of Creators Hub at, and John Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of Level:
  • Social Media & Storytelling: Kesi Felton, Journalism Major; Founder of Better to Speak Podcast
  • Photojournalism 101: Shoot Your Best Shot, Katherine Gilyard, Journalism Major and Founder of Howard’s chapter of the National Press Photographers Association 

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