Natasha Alford presenting scholarships to Syracuse Journalism Lab graduates

Syracuse Press Club is thrilled to announce another class of ITC graduates will be certified by the Syracuse Journalism Lab this spring.

SPC launched the Syracuse Journalism Lab in 2021 to prepare young people from underrepresented backgrounds for careers in media, and to connect Syracuse students with their local newsrooms. SPC will host a graduation celebration for the students on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 3 p.m. at Syracuse’s Salt City Market.

Journalist Natasha Alford will attend the April 28 ceremony and present three ITC students with $2,000 scholarships to pursue their dreams in journalism and media. Natasha is the vice president of digital content at theGrio and a CNN political analyst.

The Syracuse students receiving Alford’s scholarships are Serenity Baxter, Destinyi Fernandez and Nathaniel Teska-Prince. Alford selected the three winners from a pool of candidates in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

“Hearing your stories made me proud to be from Syracuse,” Alford told the students. “I come from where you come from. My own story affirms that whatever you dream is possible.”

Baxter hopes to become a bilingual journalist, Fernandez is pursuing a career in photojournalism and Teska-Prince plans to be a sports broadcaster or graphic designer.

All three students are 2022 graduates of Syracuse Journalism Lab and part of Jeffrey Newell’s media classes at ITC.

Ashley Kang of WAER and Camalot Todd of Nevada Current led the first two classes of Journalism Lab graduates, thanks to a grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation, sponsorship from | The Post-Standard, and generous community donations.

Syracuse Press Club members and media are welcome to attend the graduation and scholarship celebration on April 28 at the Salt City Market. Please email to RSVP. Light refreshments and coffee will be available.

Syracuse Journalism Lab Graduation and Scholarship Celebration

Where: Salt City Market at 484 S. Salina St.

When: Friday, April 28, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Photo from the 2022 Syracuse Journalism Lab graduation at Salt City Market. (K. Tulloch)

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