Student journalists re-form organization

The spring semester has brought in a lot of changes for Dillard students. One organization that is being brought back to the university is Dillard University’s Association of Black Journalist (DUABJ). This organization is open to Mass Communication majors of all concentrations. One purpose of the organization is to allow the students to have a voice about their views and opinions on the Mass Communication’s department and help strengthen the department. DUABJ is an extension of the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ).NABJ was founded on Dec. 12, 1975 by 44 men and women. It is the largest organization of color in the world.NABJ has supported its student members and the future of journalism for two decades by offering internships, scholarships, and the opportunities to cover the annual convention through special student projects.DUABJ members had the opportunity to attend the NABJ Regional Conference which was held here in New Orleans at the Double Tree Hotel March 10-13. There, students were able to obtain contacts and network with many professionals and students from different universities.NABJ also holds an annual Convention and Career Fair. Selected student members are given the opportunity to cover the convention through NABJ newspaper, radio, television, and online students projects. "There are many benefits to being a member of DUABJ. It’s a pre-professional organization, which will allow mass communication students to understand the importance of networking and being in a professional organization," said president of DUABJ, junior mass communication major Ashley Harris.Members meet and discuss their interest and conflicts within the Mass Communication Department and in the future, they will hold fundraisers .Besides raising money for the department, a major goal of DUABJ is to have all their members earn an internship in their field. At the meetings, students will be introduced to prominent figures in the business and offered mentoring.The advisor for the organization is Monica Pierre, a professer at Dillard. The enthused Pierre said, "Organizations like NABJ provide its members with valuable information, networking, mentorship and professional friendships. I have lots of faith in the DUABJ and I know the students will learn a lot about the business."Students will also be working closely with Career Services to develop and improve their resumes. There is also a possibility to earn service hours within the organization through media orientated service projects. Meetings for DUABJ are held every other week on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Building, FN 123.