As a fellow, Nero will receive $2,500 in tuition assistance.
“As you can see by her resume and clips, she is an excellent student candidate and we are pleased to have her take part in the program,” said Russell Contreras, president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. The organization is co-sponsoring the fellowship along with the NBA and TicketMaster.
Nero will produce content that will report on a variety of in-arena and community-facing NBA All-Star related events and conduct interviews with NBA fans in attendance. The student-written stories will be published on the Ticketmaster Blog and UNITY:Journalists for Diversity website, as well as submitted to a number of other outlets and news organizations.
Her reporting will also appear here on AllDigitocracy.org.
“Through our partnership with UNITY, and with the support of the National Basketball Association, we are delighted to award a very deserving journalism student like Charmaine with not only access to some of the marquee events during NBA All-Star 2015 and wide distribution channels for her work, but with financial assistance to help her continue to pursue her journalism education,” Jared Smith, president, Ticketmaster North America, stated in a press release.
Nero is originally from Long Island, New York. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School. She received a B.A. in journalism from Brooklyn College and attended the New York Film Academy for a one-month intensive course in broadcast journalism.
Nero realized she had a passion for broadcasting and producing while interning at Fox 5 in New York City. She has written news articles and published audio stories for Global City NYC, The Midtown Gazette, Brooklyn Excelsior and NYCityWatch.org. Nero is also president of the Columbia Journalism Association of Black Journalists.
After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as a sports correspondent.
“I am now taking a class in sports journalism and broadcast on-air reporting for my final semester of graduate school, and I hope to work for a local or national news station as a sports reporter upon graduation,” Nero says. “I would like to work in sports because I love the unity that comes with being a part of a team. Just like in any newsroom, team effort is the backbone of what makes a company or any union work. In sports, teamwork is crucial to winning games. Being able to be in a world where the uniting of different players, coaches and fans – as in the case of the Seattle Seahawks famous 12th man – makes being a journalist covering sports one of the best jobs in the world.”
She also wants to see more women covering sports.
“Diversity in sports journalism is extremely important, as in any similar field,” Nero says. “… There are many women who are fans of different sports and it’s important to let the public know that women shouldn’t be dismissed when it comes to sports knowledge, but embraced as equals on and off the field.