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Gray Television, Inc., WLBT welcomes three Alcorn students into inaugural Media Training Center class

Gray Television, Inc. and WLBT selected three students from Alcorn State University’s Department of Mass Communications to participate in its new media training program.

Seniors Delesha Banks, Mekiyla Brown, and Dejona Sims are three of 10 Mississippi HBCU students chosen as part of the inaugural Gray Media Training Center internship. Gray selected WLBT as the site for the 14-week program.

This opportunity will give students exceptional knowledge with a concentration in each department. The internship focuses on educating and increasing success in their respective fields. In addition, they will receive hands-on instruction in production, sales, operations, information technology, engineering, coding, and marketing.

“This is a great opportunity for our students that enhances the training we provide in the mass communications curriculum. I hope this inspires other students to follow in their footsteps,” said Toni Terrett, assistant professor of Mass Communications.

The students feel this internship will be a huge stepping stool that will get them one step closer to their career goals.

“I look forward to continuing to grow and learning many aspects of the news industry that I don’t already know. I also want to use this internship to catapult my eventual career,” said Banks.

The opportunity also allows the students to use modern journalism resources that newsrooms offer professionals.

“Interning at the Center will increase my journalism skills by allowing me to be creative and free with different projects. In addition, gaining the confidence to explore other topics and platforms is an opportunity I am ready to take on,” said Brown.

The future journalists are determined to make Alcorn proud during these next few months of training.

“It feels amazing to be a part of the first media center class. I feel like I will be making Alcorn State University very proud being one of the first students from the mass communications department to represent Alcorn,” said Sims.