The CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society traveled to Atlanta in Nov. 2014 to tour historic sites and current day media centers. Their first stop was the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. Tori Blasé (BS/JEM ’93), CNN supervisor/executive producer and a current member of CCI’s Board of Visitors, and three of her colleagues gave the students an inside look at the world-wide news organization and a VIP tour of the CNN Center.
Following the CNN stop, students received a National Park Service guided tour of the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Home and Ebenezer Baptist Church. This portion of the field trip was especially inspiring for the students. For many, it was their first visit to these historically important locations.
The group then visited WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta’s NPR Station where they were hosted by Michelle Wirth, a reporter for the station, and three of her colleagues. Here the group learned about the local reporting responsibilities of the area’s National Public Radio station and how public radio has evolved in the new media environment.
The final stop on the trip was the National Center for Human and Civil Rights. The center is designed to empower and inspire by educating visitors about the American Civil Rights movement and about global human rights initiatives.
“Field trips like this provide DSLS students with inspirational experiences,” said DSLS Director Alice Wirth. “The first-hand knowledge they gain has a very positive impact on their ability to make the transition from the classroom to the professional world.” Partial funding for the trip was provided by CCI donors and from funds raised through the DSLS Experience Diversity Banquet. The 2015 Experience Diversity Banquet is scheduled for Feb. 20.