Students and Alumni

Each year the institute produces seven to fifteen of the nation's top candidates for employment opportunities in the media.

Students accepted into the program work professionally each semester of their college careers and most carry a full academic load. Students get one-on-one mentoring. They receive job interview counseling and resume preparation training. They take part in seminars with area media professionals and develop a network of media contacts. They attend an annual retreat with alums of the institute who return to coach, educate and inspire the new scholars.

Upon acceptance, institute students are eligible to apply for journalism scholarships administered by Wayne State University and receive counseling in applying for external scholarships and internships. Students must major in journalism and may take elective coursework in almost any area of professional communication, including advertising, broadcasting, electronic and online media, graphic arts, newspapers, magazines, photography, public relations or radio/TV production.

"The institute is a great way to network before entering the real world."
— J. Barber, producer of "How I'm Living" on BET

"The training, support and mentoring I received from the institute played a big role in my success"
— Darrieth Chisolm Tarpley, owner of an Internet marketing and advertising company

Some notable institute alumni:

Kenneth Cockrel Jr. – President, Detroit City Council

Nichole Christian- Editorial Writer, The Detroit Free Press

Rana Elmir- Communications Director, ACLU

Ruby L. Bailey- Reporter, Detroit Free Press

James Hill – Assistant Metro Editor, Detroit Free Press

Chris Turner- Communication Dept., Comcast Cable Company

Kim Trent- Regional Manager, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Vickie Thomas - Reporter, WWJ News Radio 950 (CBS)

Darieth Chisolm – Anchor, Reporter WPXI TV News, Pittsburg, PA.

Kortney Stringer- Business Reporter- Detroit Free Press

DeAndre Lipscomb- Manager e-Business Dev., Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Jewell Pearson, Producer, WJZ TV-13 (CBS), Baltimore

Ese Esan - Reporter, Detroit Free Press, Metromix

Grace Aduroja- Student, University of Michigan School of Law
(formerly The Chicago Tribune)

Donyale Griffin Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Department of Communication

Jamie Smith - Detroit Free Press,

Jamila Robinson- Swint- Editor, Evening Edge, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Angelique Soenarie – Reporter, Arizona Republic

Anthony Scotta- Reporter- Macomb Daily

Charles Ramirez- Reporter, The Detroit News

Mizanur Rahman- Bureau Chief Editor, Dallas Morning News

Latitia McCree-Executive Director, Education & Outreach Services, YMCA of Metro Detroit

Tenisha White- Reporter, The Detroit News

Maistone Mulenga- Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle

Kofi Myler-Graphic Designer, Detroit Free Press

Darren Nichols- Reporter, The Detroit News

Nicol (Kelly) Paige-Freelance Broadcast Journalist

Jocelyn Parker-Associate Business Editor, Detroit Free Press

Roberta Pennington- Reporter, The Windsor (Ontario) Star

Maisha Maurant-Communication Specialist, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cletus Lewis – Public Relations, Detroit Pistons

Theresa Landrum- Communications Specialist, Mercy Education

Shekini Jennings- Public Relations, Detroit Institute of Arts

Wonetha Jackson- News Page Designer, The Orlando Sentinel

Irvin Jackson- Associate Editor, Inside Washington Publications

Aaron Hightower- Graphic Artist, The Detroit News

Sharryn L. Harvey- Associate Producer KJRH TV (NBC), Tulsa, OK

Luisa Caldron Hayes- Copyeditor/Design, The Detroit News

Cesar Gonzalez- Video Photographer, WDIV-TV4 (NBC)

Marcus Franklin- St. Petersburg (FL) Times

Santiago Esparza- Reporter, The Detroit News

Howard Davy- Reporter, The Detroit Free Press

Jason Barber – Field Producer

Eddie Allen- Freelance writer / The Michigan Chronicle

Louis Aguilar – Reporter, The Detroit News

Vanessa Hines - Detroit Free Press,