By Tameka Shockley
Photos Courtesy of Carlos Holmes, DSU Director of News Services
Mass Communications Day 2018 took place in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on Thursday, March 15, 2018 with the theme “Your first amendment right, but at what cost?” The Fair was put together collectively by the Mass Communications and Visual Arts Department but most notably wrangled together by Professor Renee Marine.
Learning took place and connections were made as the day was kicked off by a greeting from Dean of CAHSS, Dr. Francine Edwards and Department Chair, Dr. Donald Becker. There were three young ladies inducted into Lambda Pi Eta the mass communications honor society: Seniors Miss Joy Brown and Miss Janesha Bull, and junior Miss Latayla Branson. Not to mention a powerful keynote address from WBOC’s very own Kimberly Holmes Wiggins, who spoke about facing adversity in the journalism field and pressing on despite her circumstances.
The day ran smoothly as there were three mind bending panels regarding the covering of stories in Washington D.C and beyond, the power of social media and, life after graduation through the eyes of notable alums. One of the panelists included Benjamin Bullock, who received this year’s Michael J. Feeney award for his admirable work in the field. Students also had the opportunity to make their rounds through the annual career fair, which featured Temple’s Klein School of Communications, Allhiphop.com and iHeartRadio Media.
Senior Kai Gilford said, “This was a very productive Mass Comm Day and I truly feel like I am ready to go out and be a citizen journalist.”
Commenting about the success of Mass Comm. Day, Interim Dean Francine Edwards wrote that “yesterday was a huge success. I appreciate the effort put forth by the admin team, faculty, students and panelists. I am looking forward to growing the relationships with this year’s media professionals and growing this annual event to include professionals from art and music.”
To check out some of the fun happenings of the yearly event you can go on Instagram and look up the hashtags #MCD2018 , #MassCommDay2018 , #DSUWhatHadHappenedWas and #DSUMassComm