Outlook Writer Selected as NNPA Intern
By Jayla Wilson
A Capital Outlook writer has been selected to write on a national stage.
Florida A&M University senior Dominique King has been selected to participate in the inaugural internship class of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) – an organization for all African-American owned newspapers in the United States.
King will be attending the NNPA conference in March where she will keep up with all of the details that goes on with Black publishers. Up to that time, any work that King has at her current internship with the Capital Outlook could possibly be published in any of the scores of Black newspapers throughout the country. King can’t believe she was one of the 20 students selected.
“If you told 6-year-old Dominique that she would be here today she wouldn’t believe you,” said King. “I was somebody who didn’t want to go off to college or go to school because when I was younger I struggled with education. I really didn’t like it too much. I had an issue with comprehending certain things and so I just wasn’t sure if I would actually be here.”
Now year’s later, King is no longer that shy 6-year-old. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, The FAMUAN Public Relations Team (FAMU student newspaper), The FAMU Chapter of National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) and she serves as the president of Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA). She has accomplished so much and has gone above and beyond her own expectations.
King says that she would not have made it this far if it wasn’t for her mother, Kim King and sister Renee King. Growing up, King says that she remembers her mother staying up late some nights making sure she got her homework done.
“I stressed the importance of obtaining an education to Dominique and I believe the support I gave her made a huge difference because she knew that I was in her corner,” said Kim King.
Dominique King says that her oldest sister Renee King has always been someone she’s looked up to.
“She was always that role model,” says Dominique King. “She pretty much pushed me to be what I am today because she did it. I wanted to follow in her footsteps and also make my own lane.”
Dominique King watched her sister, who is 10 years older than her, go to College and get her degree, and it made her want to do better, she realized that if her sister could do it than so could she.
Dominique King has been at her current internship at the Capital Outlook since fall 2014. During that time, she says that she has become more confident with her own writing style.
Angeline Taylor, who is the executive editor of Capital Outlook, says she is so excited about the opportunity that Dominique King will receive as an intern with NNPA.
“Dominique is a top-notch student. She’s been with us one full semester and she did well during that semester covering local stories, covering stories at FAMU and hard news stories such as gun control that affects the city and she is an excellent student,” said Taylor.
“It’s always refreshing to see a student do well who wants to learn, whose encouraged and wants to continue to learn and better themselves,” said Taylor.
Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes, publisher and owner of Capital Outlook, says that he is happy that one of the staff interns at Capital Outlook was selected for this noteworthy honor.
“She is a rising star,” Holmes said. “It is impressive that NNPA recognized her talents and gifts as a journalist.”
King says that she is excited about being selected as an NNPA intern, even though she doesn’t know what to expect she is excited about stepping outside of her element and learning new things as well as meeting new people.
“I hope that Dominique embraces this wonderful opportunity and uses the gifts that God gave her to inspire herself and others,” said Dominique’s motherKim King.