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The University of the Virgin Islands Association of Black Journalists (UVIABJ) invites the VI community to its second annual, student-led journalism summit on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, to be held virtually. Many notable guests have been invited to participate in the two-day event featuring professional and student journalists from Trinidad, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, Tex., Calif., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   

“It is my pleasure to invite the UVI body and Virgin Islanders to our 2nd annual journalism summit,” said UVIABJ President Nadege Barber. “Our theme, ‘Time Capsule: Then and Now,’ expresses our efforts to be inclusive and wise in the journalism and media field.” In addition to UVI students, student chapter members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as well as HBCU journalists will participate in discussions and breakout sessions. 

The Summit will kick off Friday evening, Nov. 11, at 5:30 pm featuring one of several raffles and a chance for attendees to win cash prizes and gift cards. 

On day two of the summit, acclaimed television producer Eval Coleman and Pulitzer Award winning journalist Melvin Claxton will share their experiences and insights. Saturday afternoon’s breakout sessions will feature presentations by "Unstoppable Yes You" podcaster Curlis Phillip, VIYA vice president of public relations and governmental affairs Jennifer Matarangas-King, radio personality Rashidi Clenance, and radio talk show host Neville James, who will all share their professional and personal experiences and respond to participant questions.  

“The UVIABJ journalism summit is a great chance for all our attendees to engage with numerous speakers who are experts in the various fields of journalism and communications,” said UVIABJ Vice President Michael Bell. “The summit is a great way for the community, near or far, to gain new knowledge, to grow their skills, and to take something away from our numerous panels. My hope is that everyone who attends will see the hard work, great potential and showcase that UVIABJ has brought once again.” 

To register, please visit this link UVIABJ Journalism Summit.

The UVIABJ 2022 Journalism Summit is a precursor to the Caribbean Cinematic & Arts Festival (CCAF)  and is sponsored in part by the UVI Department of Communication & Fine Arts, the Office of Institutional Advancement, UVI Libraries, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Office of Student Access and Enrollment Services.   

UVIABJ, the youngest student chapter affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, reaches a two-year-old milestone in December 2022. 

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