Carl Azuz said last Friday at Savannah State University’s 61st Southern Regional Press Institute’s Milledge-Owen Luncheon held in the King Frazier Ballroom, that media is becoming increasingly enhanced by footage users send to news networks.
“ You need instruction to tell a story ethically,” Azuz said. “We need guidance to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.”
Azuz, anchor of CNN Student News, was awarded the Robert S. Abott Memorial Award and was one of many who attended the two-day event filled with workshops aimed at improving students’ journalism skills.
The annual event whose theme was “ Media in a Digital Age: A Changing Landscape” featured workshops such as “Effective Public Relations Writing: 10 Things You Must Know,” How to Create an Online Publication,” Twitter and Facebook: Using Social Media to Engage Your Audience,” workshops on career preparation, panel discussions and more.
Azuz spoke to middle, high school and college students about how a journalism career requires huge sacrifices to be successful. He encouraged students to learn editing, news writing, script writing, and to stay positive.
“ It is a competitive field and a pay your dues profession. It takes giving up weekends, parties, nobody comes out of college straight into the anchor job,” Azuz said.
SSU’s Student newspaper The Tiger’s Roar took home the award for best overall university newspaper, beating out The Clark Atlanta University student newspaper, The Panther.