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CFABJ member Nicole Blake, who also is president of the National Association of Black Journalists chapter at University of Central Florida, completed her internship on the business desk at the Orlando Sentinel on Aug. 8.

On her last day, the business desk feted Nicole for all her hard work. Congratulations and good luck, Nicole!


The Orlando Sentinel has won an award from the Society for News Design‘s Best of Multimedia Design competition for an interactive graphic project completed by CFABJ member Tory Hargro and another multimedia artist.

See Tory’s award-winning project here.

Congrats, Tory!

Kimberly Calhoun, an Orlando Sentinel copy editor, will be singing in an international choir at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Linda Chapin Auditorium.

The group started in England, and Orlando’s 150-person group is the first U.S. version of the choir. They’ll be singing songs from movies such as Casablanca, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain and Harry Potter.

Questions? Call Sing Live at 407-886-8629 or visit the Web site. Tickets also may be purchased through Ticketmaster and at the auditorium.

Name: Akili Ramsess
Position: Director of Photography at the Orlando Sentinel
Family: Married 26 years to an amazing artist, Kisasi Ramsess, three sons, one granddaughter.

From: Bremerton, Wash., but I’m a military brat raised all over the U.S. 
Essential periodicals: Photography and motorcycles
Last books read: Tin Roof Blowdown, James Lee Burke; Vampire Huntress series by LA Banks
Favorite all-time movies: The Matrix, Raising Arizona, Shawshank Redemption, Cool Hand Luke, In the Heat of the Night and Easy Rider

What’s playing on my iPod or in my cd changer: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, John Legend, Common, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Eric Clapton…

Favorite Saturday night activity: Blues Clubs, bookstores or a movie

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Bad news this morning.

Orlando Sentinel sports reporter (and CFABJ member) Kyle Hightower reports that Disney is ending its sponsorship of the annual Florida Classic football game between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University.

The game needs a new sponsor. Disney sponsored it for 10 years, to the tune of $2.7 million.

Disney partner ESPN is, however, bringing another big HBCU game to Orlando: the MEAC/SWAC Challenge.

In other dispiriting news, Dick Prince of Journal-isms reports that MetPro has stopped training copy editors — for now, at least.

MetPro has trained more than 200 minority reporters and editors during the past 20 years. It’s said that the change is the result of a decentralization of the role Tribune Co., owner of the Orlando Sentinel, is playing in shaping the program.

  • See the Orlando Sentinel‘s series about the eight black families that integrated Orange County Schools
  • The Daily Commercial of Leesburg reports on a theatrical production that illuminates how one of Clermont’s first black families decided to move to Lake County in the 19th century
  • Michelle Ferrier of the Daytona News-Journal asks how Nascar can energize its drive for diversity
  • Copy editors, the deadline to apply for the Maynard Institute editing fellowships is March 10