UNT broadcast student to visit White House for inaugural College Reporter Day

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 14:04

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- A University of North Texas broadcast student will visit the White House April 28 for the first College Reporter Day, an opportunity for student reporters to discuss issues relevant to college campuses with senior administration officials.

Jessy Diamba, a 20-year-old junior broadcast and digital journalism major in the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, will join a select group of other student reporters from around the nation for a day full of briefings and events at the White House, including a briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest and discussions with members of the White House Press Corps.

Diamba is currently a Spanish news anchor for ntTV, UNT's student-run television station, and a French tutor at UNT with the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures -- positions that hint at Diamba's passion for languages. He speaks five in total: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.

Diamba was born and raised in Paris, France, but moved to his hometown of Euless, Texas, when he was 8-years-old. His experiences abroad fostered a love for international news. He said he often listens to news from around the world in different languages, and he hopes to one day be a foreign correspondent for a major news agency like the BBC or CNN.

"Being invited to the White House means a lot to me because I'm really big on international politics, and I like to learn about how American policy decisions affect other countries," Diamba said.

During the discussions with the White House Press Corps and Press Secretary Earnest, Diamba plans on asking questions such as what President Barack Obama is like off camera, how to make it in the constantly-changing world of journalism and how the Press Corps monitors the activities that go on within the White House and greater U.S. government.

Diamba said he heard about the opportunity to participate in College Reporter Day through the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a member of both the UNT chapter and the national organization.

"I heard about the National Association of Black Journalists through the Mayborn," Diamba said. "When I first transferred here, Dean (Dorothy) Bland talked to us and mentioned it. I have this opportunity all because of the Mayborn."

Diamba said he's excited to get to go "where history happens," and if he runs into President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden during his day at the White House, he's going to make sure he doesn't leave without a selfie.