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Office of University Communications
Media Relations Manager


Washington, D.C., June 8, 2006 --The Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications, Department of Radio, Television and Film’s sixth annual National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) Media Sales Institute is now in session.  The rigorous ten-day residential workshop, June 4-15, 2006, is designed to introduce 35 outstanding graduating seniors to the “nuts and bolts” of a media sales career. The students are selected from universities throughout the country to attend the intensive training program led by broadcast and cable industry professionals.  Prestigious companies represented on the NABEF Media Sales Institute faculty include: Clear Channel Communications, Interep, MTV Networks, Nielson Media Research, and Univision Radio.

After completing training, students develop creative sales presentations to managers from leading broadcast and cable companies with an opportunity to interview on-site for available positions. As a result, more than 90 percent of NABEF Media Sales Institute graduates are now working in the media sales field.

The NABEF Media Sales Institute was originally designed at Howard University by faculty members in the Department of Radio, Television and Film under the guidance and leadership of late professor Ernest Fears, Jr.  Since its inception, approximately 200 students have graduated from the program. The NABEF Media Sales Institute is funded by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy, and other timely broadcasting issues.

The Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications has produced several outstanding communications professionals including: Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor; Vicki Mabrey of ABC Nightline (formerly of CBS 60 Minutes II); Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The New York Times; and Jeff Burns Jr., associate publisher of EBONY

Since its inception 35 years ago, the John H. Johnson School of Communications has been one of the fastest growing schools among Howard University’s 12 academic schools and colleges.  The School offers undergraduate and graduate masters and doctoral degrees in four departments: Communications and Culture; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Radio, Television and Film; and Journalism.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

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