June 2015, Volume 19, Number 3

Features

 

Students Get Full Scoop on Journalism

For nearly a decade now, the Journalism Speaker Series at MDC has provided a forum for students interested in pursuing careers in the field to engage with accomplished professionals. That strong tradition continued in May when award-winning WLRN-Miami Herald news reporter and producer Nadege Green spoke at Wolfson Campus.

A former student in the esteemed New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College, Green talked about some of the challenging stories she has worked on during her extensive career, which has included six years as a Miami Herald staff writer. 

Asking the Tough Questions

From covering politics to writing breaking-news stories on tight deadlines, Green has seen and heard it all. But as a seasoned, tenacious reporter unafraid to ask the tough questions, the impassioned responses her stories often generate never discourage her. Instead, that feedback lets her know that she’s doing her job the right way.

“You have to have tough skin as a journalist,” Green said. “I’ve had people show up at the newsroom demanding that I be fired. But my editors would say to me, ‘Good job!’ ”

Lessons From a Pro

One big fan of the Journalism Speaker Series is Louvins Pierre, who has worked on MDC’s award-winning newspaper, The Reporter.

“I like having the opportunity to hear from working journalists to get their perspective on the industry,” said Pierre, who graduated from MDC this spring and aims to one day work for ESPN. “This series helps you network with working journalists, which is vital to career development.”

Andrés Jiménez, an MDC mass communication and journalism student, also appreciated the firsthand interaction with a pro.

“If it weren’t for people like ­Nadege, kids around here wouldn’t know the ins and outs of this profession,” Jiménez said. “Plus, her being someone who grew up here in Miami and went to MDC gives us something to relate to, which really makes a difference.”

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