As a recipient of 2008 Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship, SFBJA supported Courtenay Tucker’s ambitions in more ways than one. In addition to the financial support, the experience encouraged her to stay close to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and to be proactive in her career. She became an active member of the University of Florida’s student chapter (UF NABJ), and served as vice president in 2011-2012. She counts herself blessed to work with students who not only possessed journalistic talent, but who were also willing to volunteer every weekend with high school students in the Gainesville community.
In 2009, after applying three times, she became an Emma Bowen Foundation Scholar. This opportunity granted her a paid, full-time internship at NBC 6 in Miami each summer of her college career. She soaked up a wealth of knowledge and insight in the news, editing, research, and digital departments there, and ultimately she decided to pursue digital media.
Courtenay met her future employer, Hearst Television, at the annual Emma Bowen Foundation Conference and a month after graduating, this Floridian Jamaican girl moved to Manchester, New Hampshire. She had never seen snow before, but taking the chance allowed her to gain an employer she admired and again become a sponge in her boss’ office. As a digital content producer, Courtenay helps to manage the viewer-submitted content,’ produces interactive content, and enhances the social media strategy for 9 of the 25 Hearst-owned stations from Honolulu to Palm Beach Gardens.
Courtenay relocated back to South Florida in 2013, where she is based at WPBF 25 in Palm Beach and maintains her position as a Digital Content Producer. She rejoined SFBJA in the spring of 2014. As the newest member of the SFBJA Scholarship Committee, it seems that Courtenay has come full circle as she hopes to ignite another student, the way SFBJA ignited her. Congratulations, Courtenay, June Member of the Month, and we thank you for your service!