Journalism students gear up for Media Day 2017

Young journalists at Alcorn State University are preparing to receive career enrichment at their annual media day.

Media Day 2017 will be held at the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Hall Gold Room Wednesday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. A panel discussion including Karla Hooten, Mississippi Association of Broadcasters; Brittany Noble Jones, WJTV-TV; Todrick Johnson, Epitome Magazine; Jackie Hampton, The Mississippi Link; Cedric Tillman, Vicksburg-Warren School District; and Derek Rogers, WCBI will be part of the program. Breakout sessions with Kip Smith, WJTV-TV, and Therese Apel, The Clarion Ledger Newspaper, and special presentations to mass communications students will also be included. Katina Rankin, Alcorn alumna and reporter for WATN-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker.

Toni Terrett, assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communications, believes the event will give aspiring reporters a chance to learn from seasoned journalism professionals.

“Media Day is a great way for students to interact with professionals who are working in mass communications related fields,” said Terrett. “This is a wonderful networking opportunity for those who are serious about media careers. I hope that the students will be informed and inspired by the panelists and speakers that will be present.”

The theme of this year’s event is “Media Matters: Striving for Accuracy.” Terrett shared her views on accurate news reports, and why it is important for students to be clear and precise in their story telling.

“With so many people relying on social media and the Internet for news, it is extremely important for professional journalists to be accurate in their reporting. People need to be assured that they can trust the news they are reading or viewing.”

For more information about Media Day 2017, contact the Department of English, Languages and Mass Communications at ?(601) 877-6400 or 6290.

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