Alcorn’s NABJ Hosts “What’s Going On?” Panel


Alcorn State University’s (ASU) Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) gave students an opportunity to hear from professionals within the Mass Communications field by hosting a panel discussion.

On February 20, 2020 the NABJ had their “What’s Going On?” panel discussion in the Ray Johnson Auditorium from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. The organization invited four professionals in assorted fields to be the panelists and share with the students the experience and knowledge that they possess regarding the subject matter.

The panel began with moderator Gabrielle Terrett, a Senior Mass Communications major, asking the panelists some political based questions. She then moved on to morals and values questions, followed by money management and social media branding for college students. Students had the opportunity to give a rebuttal and give their opinion each time a topic was brought up and discussed.

Graduating Mass Communications Senior Keturah Moody stated, “The panel was extremely beneficial to me. With me about to graduate in a few months, a lot of advice that the panelists were saying really hit close to home. I hope that more of these panels will be available in the near future.”

The panelists consisted of Theresa Kennedy, founder of fifty-five|twenty which is a Public Relations and Marketing agency, Kim Nailor, who is a family attorney, Domestic Abuse Awareness Advocate Krystal Hamlin who works at the Haven House Family Shelter and Pastor Eric Cooley who has held numerous pastoral positions within the surrounding community.

Pastor Cooley gave some very poignant advice to the students by stating, “One, keep it professional. Two, always be truthful, and Three, start making investments in yourself now to solidify your future later.”