Xavier University of LA Student Nicholas Davison Lands Summer Internship With Oprah Winfrey Network

Congratulations to Nicholas Davison of Xavier University of Louisiana who has a full summer ahead of him as he prepares for his internship with the Oprah Winfrey Network on June 19.

“Words truly cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity, and all of those that have assisted me with attaining this opportunity,” he said. “I am beyond blessed and excited to begin this experience, LA here I come!”

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is the first and only network named for and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel. The network debuted on January 1, 2011, and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.

Davison will be working in the digital design department, as he recently completed his New York Times Student Journalism Institute experience.

Davison from Grand Bay, AL will be using his skills including graphic design, video editing, photography and more during the 10-week, paid learning experience. The OWN internship program offers students valuable industry knowledge and skills through opportunities such as hands-on training, project management, executive lectures and networking opportunities.

With time, grew experience, but the rising journalist has been working on his craft for almost a decade now. He currently manages his own design company called ‘Creat1ve’ that he’s been working on since age 13.

When he got to college, he began working for his college newspaper The Xavier Herald where he now holds multiple awards for the creative content he contributed.

Oh, but the Xavier University of Louisiana journalism talent doesn’t stop there! Not even close!

Also from XULA is Allana Barefield, a student who also participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and although is still quite a newbie in college, she is no stranger to taking on internships! Barefield will work as an intern at The Boston Globe this summer.

Both Barefield and Davison explained that they knew at an early age that they were destined for careers in journalism. They are both now proud members of the National Association of  Black Journalists (NABJ).

In a news release from Xavier University of Louisiana Barefield said, “Since I was a kid I loved sports and I loved writing.” “I don’t see me doing anything else besides being a reporter.”

Her father passed away from cancer her sophomore year in high school. But his love for news, sports, and writing which he instilled in her has propelled his daughter to heights unimaginable.

“The motivation is to keep living off of his legacy and to make him proud,” said Barefield. He means a lot to me.”

I would like to say that the road ahead looks pretty promising for both young journalists. After his adventurous summer with the OWN team, Davison heads back to Louisiana to take on the position serving as the new editor-in-chief of his university newspaper, The Xavier Herald. The hard-work for these two, just never stops!

Congratulations to both of the XU Mass Communication students, Barefield and Davison on their accomplishments this summer and we can’t wait to see what their futures in journalism hold!








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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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