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B-CU Mass Communication Students Receive Hands on Industry Experience


Several students from the LaDoris McClaney School of Performing Arts and Mass Communication traveled to West Palm Beach recently to take part in the official launch of, “A Day in the Life,” an awareness program sponsored by The Palm Beach Post and The Palm Beach Daily News newspapers. Jaimee Cobb, Ashlyn Denson, Augustinas Navickas, Karen Romero Diaz and Brianna Stanley represented Bethune-Cookman University.

The program was designed to give students interested in print journalism a first-hand look at the daily operations of a news publication. B-CU was among six other universities from the state of Florida: Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach State, the University of Florida, and the University of Central Florida. 

The experience also gave students the opportunity to network with professionals and cultivate relationships among the represented organizations and universities. “In addition to us giving back to the universities in our communities, it is our hope that this new initiative will create a pipeline for us to recruit young, bright students for newspaper,” said Rick Christie, Chairman of the Palm Beach Post Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

During the day event, students attended the daily news meeting where writers, editors and executives discussed content for the publishing of the next day’s news. Students also had the opportunity to hear a sales presentation and a presentation on design. Later, the schools were divided into teams and participated in group activities. One of the activities involved a competition where students designed an app that would attract their peers to read newspapers. Denson, Romero and Navickas were part of the group that won first place and each team member received a GoPro Camera.

Augustinas Navickas, the current editor for the B-CU campus newspaper, “Voice of the Wildcats,” shared his enthusiasm for the opportunity to learn more about newspaper and share his interest of mass communications with students from other universities.  Jamiee Cobb, a graduating senior was invited to apply for the Cox Media Digital Talent Program during the event.

For more information, contact Valerie Whitney, Voice of the Wildcat newspaper Co-Advisor and Print Journalism Instructor, (386) 481-2703 or

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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