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Journalism Student Selected to Attend Competitive Newsroom Trainings

Date: 07-30-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico journalism student Tercius Bufete has been selected to participate in prestigious training programs at two large journalism conferences this fall.

Bufete, a senior, will travel to New York City to attend the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) VOICES program, which provides live coverage of the organization’s 23rd Annual National Convention Aug. 21-24. Several months later, he will participate in the Online News Association’s (ONA) Student Newsroom, producing news content during the association’s 2013 Conference and Awards Banquet Oct. 17-20 in Atlanta, Ga.

Both programs pair students with experienced and renowned journalists for a real-world news production experience.

During the AAJA’s VOICES program, Bufete and 13 other students from across the country will work in a “convergence” newsroom, which incorporates technology in covering the three-day convention. The event, expected to attract 850 journalists, news executives and media professions, includes programming on issues important to Asian American journalists and a career fair. Prior to the convention, the students will participate in a “mojo” (mobile journalism) training with interactive online courses in interviewing, multimedia and visual and audio techniques.

Bufete will be joined by students from Columbia University, University of Southern California and UCLA, among others.

As a member of the ONA’s student newsroom in October, he will produce content for the organization’s conference website, ona13.journalists.org, before and during the conference alongside mentors from such notable organizations as NPR, CNN, ABCNews.com, and the Washington Post. Conference programming covers the latest trends and technologies in online journalism as well as an awards show.

The students and mentors are supported by one $30,000 scholarship from Google, which covers conference registration, travel and lodging expenses as a group. Bufete is among 20 journalism students chosen from more than 100 applicants worldwide, and he will be joined by students from USC, UC Berkeley, NYU and Columbia, among others.

A transfer student from Los Angeles City College, Bufete has worked on the University’s award-winning student newspaper, The Orion, as a news designer and art director.

“I can’t wait to learn from the best news minds in the country and represent the stellar journalism program at Chico State,” he said. “Honestly, it’s a bit humbling to see the caliber of the others selected for these programs. I’m just honored to be among those attending and can’t wait to learn from everyone.”

The AAJA educates and supports its membership of more than 1,600 Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists in the U.S. and Asia. The ONA is the world’s largest association of digital journalists; its mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Visit www.aaja.org and www.journalists.org for more information.