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JMC’s Director Visits Two Cleveland Public Schools to Discuss Careers in Journalism

Posted May. 30, 2014

In May, JMC Director Thor Wasbotten visited two Cleveland elementary schools, Robert H. Jamison Elementary and Waverly Elementary, to discuss preparing for college and careers in journalism and mass communication.JMC Director Thor Wasbotten at Robert H. Jamison Elementary School

Wasbotten’s visit was arranged by Project Love® Remember the Children Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, Project Love® empowers teens and adults to create a culture of kindness, caring and respect by putting their values in action wherever they go.

Wasbotten was joined by David Martin IV, who shared his story of growing up on the east side of Cleveland and attending JMC’s Summer Diversity Institute from 2005 through 2008. Martin went on to become a news anchor at WVON 1690, “The Talk of Chicago.” He has covered the Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Sports Festival in Columbus, the nation’s largest sporting event, for  Martin recently filmed episodes for NBC’s TV series Chicago Fire.

“These visits were an opportunity to give the kids a chance to look at what their futures could be. It was great to have Thor and David there. For some of the students, it was the first time they began to be proactive – to look at what they could do now to make this career happen,” said Maurice Warrick Newman, seminar facilitator and media producer at Project Love. “A career in journalism makes sense for these kids. No one can tell a story better than those who’ve lived it. And these kids have lived it. They have stories to share -- stories that are not often told.”


Rotator Caption:  JMC Director Thor Wasbotten shares advice on preparing for  college with students at Robert H. Jamison Elementary School in Cleveland. (Photo by Maurice Warrick Newman)

Interior Photo: Wasbotten engages students at Waverly Elementary School on career opportunities in the communication industry. (Photo by Maurice Warrick Newman)