Donnalyn Anthony, a photographer with Miami Dade College’s (MDC) award-winning student newspaper, The Reporter, has been selected for the coveted National Association of Black Journalists Student Multimedia Project.
The program will be held at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, June 18-22. Anthony, 33, who attends classes at the Kendall and Wolfson campuses, will work alongside professional journalists and journalism educators to produce breaking news and long-form multimedia stories.
“I’m looking forward to it because it will give me access to work alongside people in the industry who have been doing this work,” said Anthony, who has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from South Carolina State University, and currently is working on an associate in science degree in photographic technology at MDC.
While at The Reporter, Anthony has photographed Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a deployment ceremony at North Campus honoring 175 U.S Army Reserve soldiers departing for Afghanistan, and a rally at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami for supporters of Trayvon Martin.
Anthony, who also freelances for The Miami Times, has shot photos of such politicians as Joe Biden, Kendrick Meek and Frederica Wilson for the publication.
“I’m very proud and excited for Donnalyn,” said Monique Madan, editorin- chief of The Reporter. “I know she will wow them and learn how to take her photography to an even higher level.”
Anthony’s interest in photography was ignited in 2001 while taking part in the study abroad program, Semester at Sea. During the voyage, Anthony visited 10 countries and snapped photos of the townships in South Africa, the Maasai villages in Kenya and the favelas in Brazil.
But it wasn’t until 2010 that Anthony got her first formal training in photography while taking courses at MDC. Since then she has taken portrait and studio photography, intro to photography and illustration II (for photography). She expects to finish her associate in science degree at MDC in the fall of 2013.
“I like the idea of being able to capture a moment when something is happening,” said Anthony, who aspires to work as a photojournalist or photo editor for a major news publication one day.