Hofstra University Association of Black Journalists Member Statements

President, Claudia Balthazar

Hofstra University

Hempstead NY, 11549

HofstraUABJ Founded in 2001

Affiliate Student Chapter of NABJ in 2013

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMelaine Morgan, HofstraUABJ Event Coordinator, Senior 

Major/Minor: Radio Production/Music

Duration of membership in HUABJ: About 1 1/2 years

Current and past club activities at Hofstra: HUABJ, WRHU, Hofstra Concerts, Entertainment Unlimited, The Chronicle, MEISA

Current and past internships: Intern at Xifer Enterprises, Promotions/Programming Intern at Connoisseur Media Long Island (Farmingdale, NY), Promotions/Programming Intern at Davis Broadcasting (Columbus, GA)

Fun fact: I spent half of my life in NY and the other half in GA, so the accents cancelled one another out so I don’t have an accent of either place.

Hobby or special skill: I love listening to classic R&B.

Dream job:  The radio industry is my dream industry.

“My favorite thing about HUABJ is that we have the ability to polish our skills and be as creative as possible. Personally I had the opportunity to practice my writing skills about a live radio broadcast from one of my favorite stations and showcase that piece of writing on the club HUABJ’s official newsletter, “Black Ink”. Now, I can Google my name and see my work.

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Black Ink TV Nov. 17

This week’s Black Ink TV features Sports Report with Alex Pineda, Special Events with Claudia Balthazar (Little Rock Nine), Poltical T with T by Tatiana Brown and Entertainment Report with Djenane Beaulieu and Elisha McNeil.

Black Ink TV is a bi-weekly web cast for Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalists. It serves as a platform for HofstraUABJ’s members that are aspiring broadcast journalists and on-air talent.

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Black Ink TV: Oct 25

This week’s show features Political T with T, Immigration, Entertainment Report and The Pock.A.Book.

Black Ink TV provides a platform for Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalists’ aspiring broadcast journalists and on-air talent. Videos are put recorded by participating members.

-Claudia Balthazar, President 

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HUABJ: Book Signing with Cheryl Wills, Open with Bryan Ogilvie

Photo taken by Jagoda Obuchowska

Photo taken by Jagoda Obuchowska

Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalists high lighting event of the fall 2013 semester, Book Signing with Cheryl Wills, was a success.

“This is the greatest career to me in the world, you’re writing the first draft of history,” said NY1 Weekend Evening News Anchor Cheryl Wills, speaking to a group of prospective journalists at Hofstra University on Oct. 14, 2013.

Wills addressed stereotypes about how competitive the broadcast industry is and presented a general career plan, telling students “my objective (tonight) is to show you how to get there, and most importantly, straight off the bat, you can get there.” Her message sparked several smiles in the crowd.

Wills was invited to Hofstra for a book signing to commemorate the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. The event was hosted by Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalist in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Black Student Union, Collegiate Women of Color and Ed2010.

The television personality declared that the first step to success in the workforce is proactivity in the job hunt and getting ahead of the competition. Wills encouraged students to apply for jobs well before the end of senior year to possibly have a job lined up as soon as they graduate.

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Student debt: An unfortunate reality for many African American students

Jerard Paige, a junior economics major at Howard University, isn’t your typical college student. That’s because he not only is concerned about how much money he’ll owe when he graduates, he’s taking steps to eliminate his school debt and secure his financial future.

“I have been saving for the past six months, hoping to eliminate my student loan debt by graduation,” Paige said. “Once I pay off my debt I will look into investing in appreciating assets. But right now, my focus is on depleting my liabilities so I can spend money to make money.”

Many students, especially African Americans, aren’t in a position to pay off their school loans before they graduate. A new study by Prudential Financial, Inc. shows that college-educated African Americans are twice as likely to attain student loan debt compared to all college-educated Americans.

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African American Financial Experience Survey

PRUDENTIAL

Our 2013 African American Financial Experience study shows continued financial progress, confidence and growing affluence in the African American community. At the same time it highlights ongoing hurdles of debt, multiple financial priorities and lagging investment product ownership that for many continue to make it more difficult to achieve long term financial security.

Link to study: African American Financial Experience 

While these are challenges for all Americans, the study brings to light unique characteristics of the African American community. The findings show the African American financial experience is defined by clear family-oriented financial priorities, solid participation in employer retirement savings plans, a focus on protection-oriented financial products, the significant role of faith-based institutions in financial education and optimism for the future.

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Black Ink TV: Oct. 9 show

 

Black Ink TV is our new web series for aspiring broadcast journalists, on-air talent and producers. We post bi-weekly and members get to share their talent for the world to see. We’re working on making Black Ink TV better with every take.

This week features:

HUABJ’s trip to Washington D.C., Hofstra’s School of Communication name change, a story on college debt and an entertainment piece on Rihanna and more.

-Claudia Balthazar, President 

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Food Not Bombs Volunteers Face Arrest on Sunday

On Sunday October 6, 2013 Sacramento Food Not Bombs was kicked out of the Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. Volunteers were greeted by about 15 officers when they arrived at the park when they normally do in time to start sharing the meal they created by 1:30 p.m. They were told that our stuff would be confiscated and we would get a summons due to an ordinance–that has yet to even be passed–that would prevent any group from handing out free hot meals in the park.

Last week advocates for the poor were told to stop sharing meals with the hungry in Sacramento and Santa Monica, California, Taos, New Mexico, and Olympia, Washington. Groups were confronted and threatened with arrest in Boulder, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and other cities across the United States this summer.

About 50 cities in the United States have passed laws banning or limiting the sharing of meals with the hungry in the past two years with enforcement on the increase this fall.

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NYC Stop and Frisk Policy

Violence is still an issue in the United States despite the laws established to limit it. NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, passed during the Bloomberg Administration in 2002, claims to limit the amount of violence on New York City streets; it allowed for police officers to stop and question any suspicious civilians.

Stop-and-Frisk intended to reduce crime and create security within neighborhoods. Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s thoughts on how this would take guns off of NYC’s streets, the stop-and-frisk policy backfired. According to the New York State’s Civil Liberties Union, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. Claims show that the policy targets minorities within certain communities, such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

NYCLU 2011 briefing states that, “In 70 out of 76 precincts, blacks and Latinos accounted for more than half of all stops. Led by the 46th and 42nd Precincts in the Bronx with 98.5 percent of black and Latino stops, there were 33 precincts where more than 90 percent of those stopped were black and Latino.”

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