Media professionals advise journalism students on career paths during Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day at Alcorn

A host of experienced journalists visited Alcorn State University to give career advice to up and coming reporters.

The Department of Mass Communications welcomed the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for its annual journalism workshop, MAB Day at ASU (formerly known as Media Day) Thursday, March 21at the K. L. Simmons Sr. Industrial Technology Building. The purpose of the event was to foster communication between established broadcasters, educators, and students. Individuals and upcoming talent had the chance to ask questions and get a better understanding of life in the mass media field and what it takes to be successful.

Galean Stewart, a news director at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, gave her perspective on being an effective editor and news director.

“To better yourself in the editing side of mass communication, make sure you check over your work and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. To be a news director, you must have a great sense of leadership, and you have to know what type of leader you want to be in order to be successful,” said Stewart.

This event caught the attention of many students that are looking for tips on how to be successful in this field of study. Students felt comfortable and very eager to obtain new information that will be useful to them in the future.

Hali Jones, a sophomore mass communication major, found it very beneficial and appreciated what was offered in the discussion.

“The program was very useful for me because it showed me the different aspects that this field can bring, along with the beauty of experiencing what goes on behind the scenes,” said Jones. “I also learned what it takes to be successful in this field and how I can mold myself to be desirable for a future company while still continuing to grow and learn.”

After the roundtable discussion, students had individual sessions with the broadcasters so that they can review their portfolios, resumes, and production reels. The broadcasters also discussed a variety of multimedia careers.