Brittany Brown, a senior Meek School broadcast journalism major from Quitman, Mississippi, was recently awarded a News21 national investigative reporting fellowship for student journalists.
Brown said the University of Mississippi’s Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will be partnering with the Ole Miss chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society to show the News21 documentary she helped create – “American Hate.”
The event will be held on the University of Mississippi campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Turner 205. It is free and open to the public.
Q. Tell us about your University of Mississippi experience. Are you involved in student media?
A. I have been involved in the Student Media Center since my freshman year. I’ve written for The Ole Miss yearbook and The Daily Mississippian. I’ve also been a reporter and anchor for NewWatch Ole Miss. Last year, I was digital content producer for NewsWatch Ole Miss, and I am currently an assistant news editor at The Daily Mississippian.
Q. Describe the fellowship you won.
A. News21 is a national investigative reporting fellowship for student journalists. This summer, I spent a few months in Phoenix, Arizona at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University reporting on hate crimes, hate groups and their victims.
The program included a semester-long seminar (January to May) learning investigative reporting techniques and researching incidents across the U.S. I spent the summer mainly reporting on the African American community and doing video storytelling. I helped team-produce the “American Hate” documentary, helped co-write “A Violent Legacy,” traveled on a nationwide road trip and produced interactive storytelling.
Q. What did you learn or take away from the fellowship?
A. I learned that this is something that I want to do for the rest of my life. It was such a great experience working in such a collaborative newsroom and working alongside such talented journalists and editors. I sharpened many of my technical skill, such as my efficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro, but I also learned how to properly research and build for an in-depth story.
Q. What do you hope others learn from the documentary you helped produce?
A. I hope that others realize how relevant the issue of hate is, still, in America today. It is not a thing of the past, and it is something we need to face as a country. I just hope this project expands people’s views of the world.
You can view the documentary trailer here: https://vimeo.com/284232784