For release: February 12, 2008
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Brandi Hunter, a broadcast journalism graduate student, spent the week before her
final semester of graduate school working with some of the best professionals in broadcast
journalism. Hunter was one of 12 minority broadcast students selected from colleges
across the country for the 2nd Annual Meredith-Cronkite Minority Fellowship, held
January 6-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Brandi Hunter (left) goes over her script for the upcoming newscast with Danielle
Stubbs, another Fellowship participant.
The students spent a week with instructors from the Cronkite School of Journalism
and professionals from Phoenix CBS television affiliate KPHO learning about newsroom
ethics and how to find, develop, and create compelling stories, produce strong newscasts,
and become newsroom leaders.
The week culminated in a 30-minute newscast that was taped on the last day of the
fellowship.“We identified two goals as we developed the program – to provide students
with a newsroom experience with real-world deadlines and to give them access to working
news professionals," said Steve Hammel, KPHO vice president and general manager.“I
spent the week practically living in one of the top newsrooms in the country," said
Hunter. “I am so grateful to have been chosen for the fellowship, because now I know
that the education I received at the U of M has prepared me for a successful career,
and I now have 11 colleagues and friends scattered across the U.S. that I can call
on for support."
Hunter, a Memphis native, is currently finishing her last semester of graduate school.
She also holds a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Memphis.
All 12 fellowship participants after taping six newscasts on their
last day of the program.