2016-09-10 / The Bullhorn

Chuck Stone scholar

The Chuck Stone Program for Diversity and Education in Media is a five-day, four-night program on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) campus. Twelve applicants were accepted to the program this year, and I was one of them.

The program was so fast paced that for a few days I couldn’t keep track of time. We would start our morning at around 7:30 a.m. and retire at about 10 p.m.

Every day we would have a few sessions that ranged from branding yourself to the pros and cons of self-publishing a book. One evening we visited the Daily Tar Heel and ate pizza with the staff. The photography session was taught by a graduate student at UNC. While I had been comfortable with a camera, I learned much more useful information.

We were able to do mock interviews in a newsroom and work behind the scenes in the control room. The other scholars and I were also able to play with animation a little, making ourselves twist and turn and fly, too. We also went on a campus tour and lived the college life for a short few days.

Dr. Greta Oliver and Professor Terence Oliver, directors of the Chuck Stone Program, put together a wonderful program that was busy and incredibly fun.

The scholars were required to write an article about their roommate and we each had the option to do a second article for the Chuck Stone 2016 web page. The deadline pressure was like no other I had experienced.

The main lesson that I took away from the program was the criticism I received. No, I’m not joking. Getting criticism makes me a stronger writer, and I’m always looking to improve. The program gave me many wonderful things and I encourage anyone who is interested in journalism — and a rising senior — to apply.

To see what my fellow scholars and I did, check out the 2016 edition of The Mix: http://chuckstonethemix2016. web.unc.edu.

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