The Baltimore Times Partners With Morgan Strategic Communication Students
8/23/2019, 6 a.m.
Students at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism & Communication (SGJC) will be embedded at The Baltimore Times during the fall semester as part of a new partnership formed this month.
Under the partnership, Strategic Communication majors (SCOM) will produce multi-media stories, write media releases, and monitor social media analytics for the publication.
“We are very excited about working with these talented students,” The Baltimore Times Publisher Joy Bramble said. “This experience will strengthen their writing, immerse them in real-world storytelling, and connect them with target audiences. Skills like these are needed to land a great career in communication in an increasingly competitive job market.”
The project is part of SGJC’s academic plan to ensure classroom teaching is supplemented with real-world work. Students in SCOM already write and conduct public relations campaigns each semester for Baltimore organizations through a student-run public relations firm called The Strategy Shop.
“I can’t think of a better time for our PR students to be engaged in this learning partnership given all that has been happening recently with the perception of Baltimore,” SGJC Dean DeWayne Wickham said. “We are grateful to The Baltimore Times for offering this rich opportunity for our students to tell positive stories about our city and to enhance their writing at the same time.”
The students are Cheyanne Gordon, Justus Hawkins, Eryn Johnson, and Malik Holmes, all juniors.
“Sometimes you don’t get much out of class just listening to lectures and doing homework from a book,” said Hawkins. “This project is going to be a lot of work, but I think when we are done, we will have great materials to put in our ePortfolios when we look for jobs, internships, and scholarships.”
About the School of Global Journalism & Communication
The School of Global Journalism & Communication, created in July 2013, is led by founding Dean DeWayne Wickham, a former columnist for USA TODAY and a founding member and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. The school is dedicated to giving voice to people who struggle to contribute to the public discourse that shapes the nation and the world through innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and exemplary service to Maryland, the nation and the world. The school seeks to instill students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to become effective communicators and to add to the diversity of thought in the media.