Bloomfield College alumna to host broadcast journalism event at College

By Alicia Cook

Amira Onibudo ’13 returns to her alma mater to host the TV and Digital Media discussion and networking event on Thursday, November 3.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Deacon’s Den and will allow Bloomfield College students to network with industry professionals, participate in mock interviews, receive resume reviews and learn about opportunities. internships and jobs.

The panel is made up of successful women in broadcast journalism that Onibudo has connected with while working in television, including Vanessa Freeman, reporter/anchor for News 12 New Jersey; Nia Warfield, CNBC News Associate; Sandra Joseph of Emerging Media and MTV; and Erika Santoro, Associate Producer at CNBC.com.

Onibudo is currently employed at News 12 New Jersey as an editor.

Onibudo, who was born and raised in Bloomfield, studied broadcast journalism at Bloomfield College, was a host and director of WBCR radio, a member of the honors program, and president and reporter of Bloombox TV, the College’s television station. .

“Taking courses in communications and journalism is great, but getting real-world experience is what separates execution from results. Students can learn to edit in a classroom, but seeing the result of it is so fundamental,” Onibudo said. “It’s so imperative that journalism students get involved on campus in anything related to communications or television. Internship opportunities are only available to students who can demonstrate that they have some experience in communications and television. Working with the campus television and radio station is extremely imperative.

Onibudo, a McNair Scholar, made the Dean’s List in 2010 and 2011 and the Dean’s List of High Honors in 2012. Additionally, she was chosen for Who’s Who among US university and college students in May 2011, May 2012 and May 2013.

“As a McNair Scholar, I have had the good fortune to travel to several conventions and conferences free of charge. I went to New Orleans and Las Vegas for the Society of Professional Journalists convention and job fair and got to network with industry professionals,” Onibudo recalled. “I learned the importance of networking with industry leaders and making connections with them during my time at Bloomfield College.”

While in college, Onibudo stacked his resume with impressive internships with New Jersey News 23, MTV, and VH1. VH1 offered Onibudo his first full-time job a week before he graduated from Bloomfield College.

Since earning a master’s degree in strategic communications from Seton Hall University in May 2016, she has transitioned to News 12 New Jersey.

At News 12, Onibudo assigns and coordinates press staff to cover breaking news and ongoing stories. She manages incoming and outgoing video footage from CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and affiliate stations, manages and updates the assignment schedule, coordinates with producers to ensure efficient live news delivery, researches incoming news, provides news updates, manages satellite and helicopter needs, and supervises trainee staff.

“What I enjoy most about working in the TV industry is managing interns,” Onibudo said. “Being part of their growth and development gives me meaning to work at a leading television network. Anyone can go to work and complete tasks; but going to work and empowering, uplifting and motivating another person is truly priceless.

She hopes to help propel future broadcast journalism graduates from Bloomfield College the same way she does her interns.

“I’m the founder of an amazing blog called Unleashyourself.org that empowers young professionals to overcome fear and release their inner boss,” Onibudo said. “Through my platform, I am able to provide career advice and motivational content to uplift students trying to overcome fear and achieve their dreams.”

The entrepreneur hosts several events in the New Jersey area to provide NJ natives with opportunities they don’t have to travel to New York to receive. The television and digital media discussion and networking event is something Onibudo has wanted to do at Bloomfield College for some time now.

“Exposing students to the essential tools they need before entering the workplace is so crucial to their success,” Onibudo said. “This event will provide Bloomfield College students with the opportunity to network with and learn from professionals. They will walk away feeling empowered and motivated to pursue their dreams without fear.

“I’m so excited to give back to my alma mater and look forward to collaborating more in the future,” Onibudo said.

The event is sponsored by Unleashyourself.org, the Bloomfield College Center for Career Development, the Bloomfield College Broadcast Journalism Department, and REH.

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