A select group of four students will provide compelling and timely coverage of student journalism’s most exciting annual convention. CMA will turn over the keys to the convention’s website and social media accounts to this select group of students to report on the sessions, speakers, topics and discussions featured at the spring event.
Congratulations to the winners:
Danielle Birzer is a senior at Savannah State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications graduating in May 2020. After graduation she will pursue her master’s in journalism and public policy from American University. She is passionate about a variety of topics including intersectional feminism, human, and civil rights issues. Outside of work, she is a professional musician, bartender, and avid reader.
Emily Garcia is a sophomore communication major at Augusta University. She has been passionate about journalism since her freshman year in high school when she worked as a student reporter. She is now editor-in-chief of her university’s student-led magazine and an intern for WJBF Newschannel 6. Anyone who knows Emily knows that plans must be made with her at least a week in advance. Alongside her other duties, Emily also frequently submits editorial columns to the Augusta Chronicle and serves as a volunteer coordinator in the department of communication, helping put on events like “Journalism Day” and “Future of the First Amendment.”
Kourtney Husnick is a senior Journalism and Creative Writing double-major at Cleveland State University. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief at The Cauldron, CSU’s bi-weekly student-run newspaper and a contributor for United by Pop. She has a special interest in investigative journalism and is developing a student journalism-focused blog in her spare time.
Donovan Thomas is a sophomore journalism major, Spanish and graphic design double minor at Howard University. He is native of South Louisiana, having been born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge. Donovan got his start in journalism after landing his first journalism gig as a Weekly Reader reporter in the fifth grade. He serves as News Editor for The Hilltop, Howard’s student newspaper and hopes to serve as the paper’s editor-in-chief next year. Donovan is president of the Howard University Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, the sole student chapter of the national organization dedicated to training minorities in investigative reporting. In his professional career, he hopes to conduct in-depth research, query hidden figures and present previously undisclosed facts to ensure that untold stories no longer go uncovered. Donovan is also a member of Howard University’s Association of Black Journalists. He will be interning at the Charlotte Observer this summer on the paper’s Metro desk.