Meet Imani Stephens – the ABA Scholarship Recipient Striving to be an Influential Journalist
The ABA invests $16,000 a year in scholarships benefiting seven students – four at Arizona State University and three and Northern Arizona University. In this feature, we help you get to know one of the recipients of those scholarships. Imani Stephens, an ASU student answered these questions for us while starting up the new school year.
What are some of projects you’ve worked on during your time at ASU? Any of them been especially meaningful?
Throughout my experience at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, I have worked on stories focusing on the human aspect of society. Last semester, I reported on a nonprofit organization, L.A Kitchen located in Los Angeles that provides culinary instruction for former foster care youth, those homeless, and inmates on parole. While working on this story, I realized the role of an influential journalist, which is to highlight the people of the story.
What are some of your career goals?
I have a desire to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist with a focus on politics, justice, and investigative issues. After graduating in the fall of 2018, I plan to obtain a local news reporter position and attend law school.
What made you want to become a journalist?
I’ve been interested in journalism since I’ve realized the role of a journalist in a journalism course offered at my middle school, I deepened my passion for analyzing, writing, and reporting. Although I didn’t have hands-on experience with broadcast journalism before college; I followed and strived to emulate journalists from local television news broadcasts.
What does this scholarship mean to you?
I grew up in a single-mother, and low-income household and this scholarship allowed me to continue my education. I am beyond grateful to receive financial assistance to participate in student media organizations, internships and attend conferences to enrich my experiences at ASU. The Arizona Broadcasters Association Scholarship inspired me to continue striving for success.
What would you like to say to all the ABA members who made your scholarship possible?
It is an unparalleled honor to receive the Arizona Broadcasters Association scholarship, and it has provided me with the opportunity to advance my career as a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The scholarship alleviates the stress of working multiple jobs and has allowed me to focus on my education. I have interned at Arizona PBS and KCBS 2/KCAL 9 in Los Angeles. I am currently interning at KPNX/12 News (NBC/TEGNA) in Phoenix, and without the support of the Arizona Broadcasters Association Scholarship, I would not have the ability to participate in the great opportunities available.