ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, Nov. 11, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson will speak at the annual fundraiser for ThreeSixty Journalism, a non-profit program at the University of St. Thomas that trains Minnesota teens from diverse communities in journalism skills and publishes their work at www.threesixtyjournalism.org and in a quarterly print magazine distributed to schools.
Wilkerson, a former New York Times national correspondent and bureau chief, was the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for her coverage of the floods that ravaged the Midwest in 1993. In her new book, The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson chronicles the decades-long movement of blacks from the Jim Crow South to the North in search of opportunity and freedom.. The National Book Critics Circle named it the year's top nonfiction book. The New York Times called it one of the 10 best books of 2010.
"Wilkerson's career embodies ThreeSixty Journalism's mission to prepare students of color to become leaders in journalism and communications," says the program's executive director Lynda McDonnell. More than 200 students attend its summer camps, school partnerships and after-school programs each year. Graduates work in local media organizations including the Star Tribune, WCCO-TV and KAAL-TV and study journalism in college.
WCCO's Angela Davis Drew will emcee the event and "Good Question" reporter Jason DeRusha will host a raffle and auction. ThreeSixty Journalism will honor African American elders Matthew Little, Dr. Annie Baldwin and Betty Ellison-Harpole who came to Minnesota from the South. Al McFarlane, CEO of Insight News, will receive the program's Widening the Circle Award for his contributions to the next generation of journalists.
The event will be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Schulze Grand Atrium from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Event and media sponsors include Best Buy, Comcast, Internet Broadcasting, Land O' Lakes, Mall of America, Northwest Area Foundation, Print4Change, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.
For tickets go to www.threesixtyjournalism.org/celebratethejourney.
SOURCE ThreeSixty Journalism