The Alcorn State University (ASU) Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held a virtual Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, October 4th. The guest speaker was the NABJ Region III Director, Eva Coleman.
With over 28 years of experience in the journalism field, Coleman was able to give students helpful information that would benefit them in their future careers. She was named the 2019 NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year, NABJ’s 2019 National Convention Co-Chair (Miami), and NABJ’s 2018 National Convention Chair (Detroit). She has also received numerous awards that cover different aspects of the media. Her work as an editor, videographer and professor has earned her a spot on several boards and committees.
Coleman spoke to the students, via Zoom, about the importance of being a well-rounded student. “I can write the story. I can write the press release. I can line up media to come and cover your event,” Coleman said.
Her ability to cover every story aspect makes her a valuable asset to whoever she works for. She can change her mindset whether she is working on something related to broadcast journalism or print journalism. Regarding print journalism, she stresses the importance of not only being a good writer but also being a good listener. Especially when interviewing people, listening is a skill that every good journalist needs.
Coleman went on to give resume advice and let students know about the ever-changing atmosphere of journalism.
“There are specific occupations and industries out there that had evolved from when I started,” Coleman said. “But I wouldn’t know that if I didn’t keep my finger on the pulse and talk to young people who are out there in the digital space that you guys are in.”
She related to the students by talking about the rising popularity of apps such as TikTok that are starting to hire producers for their brands. This is new in the world of media, so she emphasizes the importance of staying connected and up-to-date with trends.
The 2022-23 NABJ Vice President Dejah Burton, stated, “It was really a pleasure to hear our Regional Director today. She was very informative and inspirational. She inspired me to try to be versatile in the field and not just focus on anchoring.”
For more information concerning future Lunch and Learn events within Alcorn’s Mass Communications Department you may contact Toni Terrett, Advisor of ASU’s NABJ, at email@example.com.