Rabiah Alicia Burks is a master’s student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She is studying online journalism and hopes to blend the best of traditional news with new media. She received her bachelor’s degree in African-American studies and history at the University of California, Berkeley. She was editor in chief of the Onyx Express, a monthly newsmagazine. Burks  also interned for the Globe Newspapers, a community newspaper group serving Oakland, Richmond and San Leandro, Calif. For the past year she has been a contributing writer for the Prince George’s County Sentinel, a weekly publication in Maryland. She can be reached at rabiah.burks@news21.com.