INDIANAPOLIS – Hirons, Radio One and the Indianapolis Recorder has announced the selection of Talena Moorman, a Hanover College graduate, for the internship honoring Amos Brown, the pioneering journalist and community activist. The program encourages minority students to seek careers in communications and supports minority recruitment efforts, both for the companies involved and throughout Central Indiana.
Moorman, who began her internship at Hirons earlier this month, will work in the company’s Communications Management department. In addition, she will complete a capstone project. Hirons will also introduce Moorman to Indianapolis-area news stations and community organizations to give her deep insight into the environment in which Brown rose to leadership.
“Amos Brown had a profound influence on the media and communications industries,” said Tom Hirons, Hirons founder and board chair. “We honor him through this program because his impact on the entire Indianapolis community deserves to be continued. He was a truly amazing figure and role model to everyone he encountered.”
Brown (1950-2015) hosted “Afternoons with Amos” on WTLC and wrote the “Just Tellin’ It” column in the Indianapolis Recorder. In 2007, he was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is a two-time winner of the Indiana Broadcasters Association’s Spectrum Award. Active in Indianapolis civic affairs, Brown served on the boards of the Indianapolis Urban League, Indianapolis United Way, Community Action Against Poverty and Indiana Black Expo. Brown worked with Hirons in 2010 as co-chair of the Indianapolis Census Complete Count Committee to promote census participation among residents.
“I’m so pleased to see Amos’ presence is still felt throughout the industry and community,” said Oveda Brown, sister of Amos and one of the selection committee members. “Amos impacted the lives of so many people, especially students interested in pursuing journalism and communications, and that continues through this amazing program.”
The intern selection committee included Oveda Brown, Radio One Regional Vice President Deon Levingston, Indianapolis Recorder Editor Oseye Boyd and Hirons Senior Vice President and Media Director Rose Durbin.
In May, Moorman completed her Bachelor of Arts in communication. Her internship duties will include writing copy and press materials, conducting research, pitching to the media and assisting in brainstorming sessions.
“We’re excited to add Talena to the Hirons team,” said Durbin. “She’s going to gain valuable experience and showcase her impressive leadership and marketing skill sets, which made her stand out during the interview process.”
Hirons plans to offer the Amos Brown internship every summer. To be considered, applicants must be a current junior, senior or master’s student or recent graduate in good academic standing, with priority given to minority students. Interns in the program will have a Hirons supervisor and mentor and will work toward the completion of a capstone project. Once finished with the program, interns will act as ambassadors for the program and serve as mentors to future Amos Brown interns.
An award-winning advertising, public relations and digital communications firm based in Indianapolis, Hirons has been helping our clients engage with their target audiences and strengthen their internal and external communications since 1978. As a part of our comprehensive communications planning process, Hirons’ earned media, public outreach, crisis communications and community relations efforts have supported clients ranging from the U.S. Army to some of the largest health care systems in the country. Placing stories for clients with both local and national media outlets and programs such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the TODAY Show, Hirons targets messages toward specific audiences and keeps our clients at the forefront of public conversation.