Tanasia Kenney is a journalist, self-described reality TV junkie, Kennesaw State University Alumna, and an old friend of mine. During her time at KSU, she served as the Chief Copy Editor of The Sentinel and graduated with a B.S. in Journalism and Emerging Media. She hopes to one day be a broadcast journalist reporting. I sit down with her and she explains how her time at KSU has prepared her for a career in journalism.
If you’d like to learn more about her career as a journalist check out: Tanasia Kenney: Exploring a Career in Journalism
Before the curriculum changed Tanasia majored in Communications concentrating in Journalism and Citizen Media, which is now known as Journalism and Emerging Media. She praised KSU for its diverse curriculum. She enjoyed learning every aspect of the media industry: digital production, Public Relations writing, organizational communication, on camera, video editing.
Use Professors as Resources
If you’re interested in a career in journalism it’s important to develop relationships with professors, especially in a career that places high importance on developing contacts. Don’t forget that professors are experts in their fields and are excellent sources of advice, encouragement, and recommendations. Reminiscing on her time at KSU she explained how “professors did a good job at preparing us for the world ahead.”
Shout Out to Some Amazing Professors:
- Farooq Kperogi recommended her for the editor and chief at the sentinel
- Josh Azriel Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Communication
Along with participating in clubs and on-campus organizations, Tanasia also was able to get an internship as an editorial intern for Chispa! Magazine. Although she wishes she would have done a broadcast internship instead, the skills she learned there helped her get her first job out of college.
While looking for a job she went to the career resource center for specialized resume help. There are also mock interviews for those who are nervous about an upcoming job or graduate school interviews. Make sure to check out their calendar for upcoming events and job fairs.