Tikeyah Whittle is an Education Specialist and manages the CPBN Media Lab, training interns who are undergraduates and recent graduates hoping to learn the skills necessary for a career in media production or multimedia journalism.
A graduate of the Media Lab herself, Tikeyah instructs interns on camera skills and pre- and post-production techniques.
“I really enjoy helping the students cover topics they’re truly interested in and watching their story ideas come into fruition,” she says.
Whether it’s helping students to find a statistic or writing questions for a source, observing their sense of accomplishment is always a fulfilling experience for Tikeyah.
One of her favorite interviews that she helped students with was with Wade Gibson, director of the Fiscal Policy Center at the Connecticut Voices for Children about poverty. “To see their faces when they actually book interviews, collect sound bites, and finish their story makes me realize there’s always a means to an end, it just takes some muscle and determination,” she says.
Tikeyah holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Connecticut. She worked for her university’s newspaper, The Daily Campus, and has reported for CT News Junkie, a for-profit website that covers Connecticut politics and public policy.
She is enthusiastic about her job with the Media Lab because it gives her a chance raise awareness about issues that impact people on a daily basis. “I enjoy helping people without a voice be heard. I also enjoy having a platform to explore topics of interest and importance to the community which we serve, and society as a whole,” she says.