SGJC Student Kudos

Spokesman Editor wins Coveted Internship at The Sun

The newest edition to The Baltimore Sun is a Morgan State University student.  Jada Vanderpool  who is majoring in journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication is one of a select group of students who obtain a coveted internships at The Sun.

During her internship, Vanderpool will write articles for the website and features section, assist with website production and shadow various reporters and editors as they go about their daily tasks.

Although she is excited about her opportunity at The Sun, this is not her first internship. During the winter break, she worked at the Amsterdam News in New York City where she wrote stories for the website and assisted with web production.

She honed her skills for these two internships as the editor of The Spokesman, Morgan's student newspaper. Karen Houppert, assistant professor and advisor for The Spokesman says, "Jada has been a great editor and it's wonderful that she now has this opportunity."

Houppert added, "Jada is a terrific journalism student. She meets her deadlines, recognizes a good story when she sees one and bravely calls up complete strangers to ask difficult questions-all traits that bode well for her future as a professional reporter."

Vanderpool returns the admiration, saying, "Professor Houppert has been a great help to me as an editor and as a student."

Vanderpool will graduate in December 2014, and after graduation, she would like to be a magazine writer.  She has set her sights on Essence magazine.  With the experience and training she is getting at Morgan and her internships, Vanderpool is well positioned to land on the Essence masthead.


Ms. Coniah Adams (Winter 2013, Public Relations) recently became the newest member of one of the most internationally known crisis public relations agency, Levick Strategic Communications. 

With a 24/7 news cycle and Internet, the field of crisis communications is the fastest growing discipline in the field of public relations. Ms. Adams is a 'Digital Fellow' and will serve as digital account executive and social media specialist on all matters related to crisis public relations. 
It was a very competitive process and Ms. Adams met the challenge. What's more impressive is the level of commitment Ms. Adams showed while  pursuing this opportunity. 
Levick Strategic Communications has a very extensive and impressive portfolio, which will give Ms. Adams an incredible jump start to her public relations career  ( 



Public Relations Student Gets the Word out about Sex Trafficking

Senior Ashlei Brown has landed an internship at Baltimore's Safe House of Hope (SHO Hope). SHO Hope is a nonprofit organization that helps victims of sex-trafficking and human-trafficking.

As an intern, Brown is working with the Public Relations coordinator to create pamphlets for victims, local nonprofit organizations, future donors and sponsors. She is also helping to plan and organize events that will raise awareness about sex-trafficking.

The Baltimore native plans to make a career of nonprofit work for underserved communities. "Over the past ten years my passion for servicing those less fortunate than I has grown and I hope to create an organization that focuses on rehabilitating those who have experienced any form of abuse," Brown says.

After graduating with a BA in Public Relations from Morgan, she plans to attend USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to get a Master in Communication Management. She also intends to do independent consultation work focusing on brand development and organizational communication.  


Intern Gains Experience in Christian Bookstore 

Courtnee Thomas interns at The Way Christian Supplies bookstore. Founded 31 years ago by Claveron E. Burston Sr. and Mary Burston, the store offers dance apparel, church clothes, books and religious products.

As a marketing intern, Thomas focuses on promoting the store by designing flyers for book sales, updating social media content and compiling lists of exclusive customers who qualify for free, same-day delivery.

Thomas enjoys applying the skills she's learned in the classroom with hands-on work. In particular, she is becoming more familiar with software design programs like Publisher.

For her, the best thing about Burston's is that her co-workers make her feel welcome. They are open to suggestions and consider her part of the team. "I like how it's a relaxed environment," she says. 



Stepping Stone to Success 

Damian Paige, a TV Broadcast Production major at Morgan, is learning the ropes as an editing intern at TV 25. Out in the field, he is getting hands-on experience filming whatever producers throw his way. Back in the office, he is refining his editing skills.

The pace is quick and expectations are high. "I found out there's plenty of pressure working in the TV broadcast industry," he says and he is discovering that he's got a lot to learn. "I'm just starting to get my feet wet in this industry."

When he graduates next year, Paige wants to be a sports anchor for several years, gain some experience and then start his own sports show.


WEAA Radio Intern says 'Thank you'

Tenesha Murk, a Radio Broadcast major landed an internship with WEAA radio, a station housed in the School of Global Journalism and Communication building at Morgan.

She is learning about underwriting for the station and helping with various tasks such as sending 'thank you's' to those who have made donations or sponsored programs. In addition to this, Murk is working on a script for the station and finding her way through some new software programs. Already she has familiarized herself with the history of the station and learned a lot about its mission of bringing news to the Black community.

She is thankful she scored this coveted internship and calls it her "dream job."  Indeed, she hopes to parlay it into an actual "job." "I wouldn't mind being hired if my position was being offered," she hints.

After graduation, Murk plans to go to California and work as a radio disc jockey.  


Morgan Print Journalism Major Steps into the World of Radio

Dasiane Branch, a Print Journalism major at Morgan, is the newest promotions intern at Baltimore radio station, Rock 98. She is assisting with promotional events, updating the station's social media pages and writing for the website. "I want to have a hand in all forms of media," she says, explaining why she made the jump from print to radio. "

I want to learn all I can about the print industry, radio, television, and even web. I'm nervous about this internship at Rock 98, but also excited to start expanding my horizons in the world of media."

She takes the notion of "expanded horizons" seriously. This past summer, Branch was one of five students from the School of Global Journalism and Communications to travel to South African to report on The African Presidential Roundtable. She also worked briefly as a copy editor and staff writer for Morgan's student paper, The Spokesman, and has interned in the marketing department at the legendary Apollo Theater.

Branch hopes to land a job in media field and pursue a master's degree when she returns to New York. 


Student Helps Home-Bound Seniors

Morgan State senior and Broadcast Journalism major Justin Arrington is interning in the public relations department of the Home Team Program in Towson, Maryland. The organization sends volunteers to check in on home-bound seniors. Arrington helps create press releases to market the program and attract more senior citizens to take advantage of the service.

Still not certain of his career goals, Arrington views the internship as an exploratory venture. "I want to get better in every aspect in my field-marketing, advertising and journalism-in order to see if this what I want to do post-graduation."

Once he gets a better sense of his interests, he plans to attend grad school. His top choices: USC, American University, New York University or University of Maryland College Park to study Mass Communication or Pre-Law Political Science.


New Beginning for Intern

Weyden Wedderburn, a junior majoring in Broadcast and Integrated Media Production, is interning at New Beginnings, a youth development and coaching program that searches for new entertainment talent. Working in the marking department, he is charged with will promoting the program via different social media websites. In the recording and production departments, he is learning how to edit and record video and music thanks to the guidance he's getting from music producers and directors there. "

To learn other things besides radio is good," says Wedderburn who has taken several classes in audio.  "If I learn other things in my field then I'll be a lot more successful in the future."

He started his internship this week, but already he is excited to learn, improve, and master all aspects of radio and music production.  His motto? "Learn what you need to do for the future, because that's the only way to be successful."

After graduation, Wedderburn plans to be a music or radio producer.


Meals on Wheels Intern Pushes for Young Volunteers

Morgan State senior Jeffrey Jean-Baptiste brings a youthful twist to meals on wheels. Jean-Baptiste got involved with Meals on Wheels last year through his Service Learning class at Morgan. Now, as a public relations intern, he is helping to bring in other young people as volunteers.

Worried about its aging volunteer corps, Meals on Wheels is drawing on Jean-Baptiste's connection to Baltimore's student population and his background in public relations to develop outreach programs that attract a new, younger group of workers. "

Working with the Meals on Wheels program is a good experience," he says, explaining that he has learned a lot both as a volunteer and an intern about the workings of this nonprofit.


Christina Saunders paper "From Medallions to Bling: The Destruction of Afrocentricity in Hip Hop," has been accepted for the Graduate Student Poster Session at this year's Eastern Communication Association Convention in Providence, Rhode Island.


Brittany Peterson, a 2013 graduate of our Masters Program and former graduate assistant, obtained a position as Assistant Media Planner with Razorfish in New York City. Razorfish is a digital marketing company doing some of the most interesting work in the industry.


Former broadcast journalism student, Michael Quander, has signed a contract to become a multimedia journalist for WREG-TV, (CBS affiliate) in Memphis, Tennessee Cedric Clarke is working as a Video Technician Specialist at ABC Channel 7/Walt Disney. This is in Burbank, California.


Reginald Hilton (December 2013) is a fellow at Publicis, the largest global agency network with employees in 80 countries and 300 offices. He is based in their New York offices and is working with their digital advertising placement and buying