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Student wins competition, trip to Japan

May 23, 2011
By Kayla Green

Junior Kelley Robinson, in addition to his new internship at ABC News Nightline, recently won the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, in which he will travel to Japan to learn about international relations.

CSU student wins trip to JapanJunior Kelley Robinson volunteers his time to CTV, CSU's campus television.

Kelley Robinson, a Junior Journalism and Technical Communication major, is one of nine students chosen for the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. The competition, which focuses on increasing students' awareness of international relations by giving them the opportunity to travel across the world, strives to honor Roy Howard, a man that worked globally as a reporter and editor before international reporting was taught in many journalism schools.

This year's competition looked at the students' print, online, or broadcast entries and offers a nine-day, all-expense paid trip to Japan in which the nine students will tour media conglomerates and many historical sites in order to gain deeper insight in international relations.

"I feel like this could push my interests closer toward international correspondence," said Robinson of the trip. "We're going to see one of the world's largest newspapers, meet local broadcasters, and visit historic places like Hiroshima."

Robinson's inspirationKelley Robinson says that his adviser, Pam Jackson, has been very supportive. <i>Photo courtesy of Greg Luft.</i>

For Robinson, winning this competition had been a dream for several years. "I love to travel. Ever since I was a senior in high school, I've applied for scholarships, and a lot of them included travel.

"I've been entering [this competition] since I was a freshman. After three years, I didn't expect to win, but they ended up calling me."

Robinson said he focused his essay on how his work has evolved over time and how the trip would make him a better journalist and student. In addition to the essay, Robinson had to send in a variety of pieces showcasing his work. "I sent in news packages I had created that I was most proud of. I tried to provide a variety of stories to showcase versatility."

According to Robinson, it was perhaps the support from his parents that helped him the most. "My parents have always been supportive from the very beginning. They've always just wanted me to pursue a career that would make me happy. I'm blessed to have them." 

With his involvement in CTV and his ever-growing desire to explore, Robinson continues to challenge himself and seek advice and help whenever needed. "My adviser, Pam Jackson, has also always been so encouraging and a wonderful mentor. She is the most thoughtful and integrity-filled professor. Nobody is a better advocate for students than Pam Jackson."

Summer and future plans

This summer, Robinson plans to intern for ABC News Nightline and will be able to gain additional first-hand experience in the field. "I hope to work with reporters and producers on different segments of the show, help out wherever I am needed and learn all that I can," he said. "I interned for 9News last summer. I think many of the skills I learned at 9News will help me at Nightline."

Robinson said that it was his 9News internship that gave him a refreshing perspective within the journalism field. "They were incredibly professional, and their storytelling is so compelling. Seeing their continued passion for journalism was inspiring. I feel very lucky to have learned from 9News, as they truly invest in their interns and encourage their dreams."

Robinson said that working for ABC News Nightline this summer will be a really new experience moving from a local station, like 9News, to a more nationally recognized news station.

“Between living in New York, traveling to Japan and learning as much as I can at ABC, things have really shaped up for a fantastic summer.”