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JCSU Activities Surrounding DNC Gain National Media Coverage

With some 15,000 journalists and bloggers from around the world converged on Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, JCSU’s involvement in DNC-related events was captured online, in print and on the air. National media outlets that covered JCSU include Black Entertainment Television (BET), CBS, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

CBS “Evening News” and CBS “This Morning” news programs kicked off their pre-convention coverage over the weekend of Sept. 1 and 2 from the JCSU Irwin Belk Complex Eddie C. McGirt Field. The site was selected for its panoramic view of the Charlotte skyline. On Sept. 7, CBS ended the week with what the network found to be one of the best skyline views in the Queen City as they broadcast a CBS “This Morning” DNC wrap-up segment from the field. View those clips on the University’s JCSU in the DNC Media web page. 

Next came coverage of the JCSU Marching Band as it led the CarolinaFest Parade on Monday, Sept. 3. The International Institution of Sound started the festivities with the song “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. Their performance appeared on WCNC-TV in Charlotte, as well as on 22 radio stations in New York, California, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. View video of the band’s parade performance, which was featured on the The Washington Post ‘s SocialCam.          

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the UFuture event on the JCSU campus brought more than 300 college students and several local and national media outlets to campus for a live-streamed cyber summit.  Black Entertainment Television (BET), National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, North Carolina’s Black Television Network, NoMoreDownLow TV, The Charlotte Observer, The Charlotte Post and local Charlotte television stations covered the event, presented by JCSU and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.  The Charlotte Observer story on UFuture can be found here

BET interviewed actors and UFuture hosts Alfre Woodard and Nicole Ari Parker, along with Dr. Ronald L. Carter, for a news segment on BET.com. The segment also ran on the BET television network September 6. 

National Public Radio reporter Audie Cornish talked about students playing a key role in turning out the black vote in her coverage of UFuture. The story was picked up by other public radio stations across the country as it captured some of the students’ comments about youth and the black vote. Read the full story or listen to the radio story

On Wednesday, WUNC radio interviewed Dr. Ronald L. Carter, state Senator Malcom Graham, and two JCSU students for a 40-minute follow-up to UFuture.  The show aired on public radio stations around the country, including Portland, Ore., Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Buffalo and New York City. The interview is posted on WUNC.org under the  “The State of Things” program and is titled “Youth Vote.” You may listen here

As one of the hubs of operations and activity for the Democratic National Convention, Johnson C. Smith University earned national media attention that provided momentum for and validation of our growing national reputation as one of the best new urban universities in the United States. 


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