Lauren Williams

Lauren M. Williams is a 25-year-old Multimedia Journalist living in Washington, DC. She graduated from Temple University in May 2010 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Currently, Williams is a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Interactive Journalism at American University. Through extensive training and lots of practice, she has become well versed in Digital Media Arts including Web Design; Video, Photo, and Audio Editing; Photography and Videography. Among professional credits, Williams has written for the school newspaper The Temple News for three years and held internship positions with Avenue Report Magazine,, The Advisory Board Company, Al Dia News, and Education Week. In these positions, she has produced packages ranging from City Hall meetings with Philadelphia’s Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and press conferences with Mayor Micheal Nutter, to documenting innovations in health care and education and the cultural event Philagrafíka– Philly’s annual Latino printmaking series. is an extension of her passion for journalism and desire to explore the world of Arts & Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Culture through New Media. To learn more about Williams’ skills and digital examples of her published work, visit

By Lauren M. Williams

Sondai Costley, a sophomore at Howard University majoring in print journalism, bubbles with enthusiasm when she talks about the future.

Costley, originally from Arlington, Va., wants to write for a magazine when she graduates in 2015. She speaks with a certainty in her voice about becoming the kind of black journalist who has the skills and fortitude to write not only about issues affecting the black community but also global issues, politics, entertainment and any news story that might come her way.

Rolando Sevina-Bustamante, 33, was born in Washington, D.C., the first native-born American in an immigrant family. He watched his Martiniquian father and Nicaraguan mother uproot themselves and start a new life in a new land. The success of his parents, despite many obstacles, motivates Sevina-Bustamante to win!

Lauren M. Williams
Assistant Producer