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MCJR Week April 1-4, 2024 Department of Mass communications & journalism We, the storytellers Norfolk State University Stay tuned for details.
April 1-4, 2024
Department of Mass Communications & Journalism
"We, the Storytellers"
Stay tuned for details.

Welcome back MCJR alumni. Thank you for sharing with current MCJR students what you have learned in your media careers. We are proud of your accomplishments and appreciate you coming back and giving back.
Welcome MCJR students. Every year we organize this series of events to help MCJR students jump start their career in media and communications. Please take advantage of these opportunities, participate in events, and get to know MCJR alumni and other special guests. 
Welcome local media professionals. We appreciate you volunteering your valuable time to help our students.  Say "hello" to a future co-worker?
Welcome all. Most events are open to all NSU students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as, guests from the community.
MCJR Week events are open to all, unless otherwise indicated below.


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Monday, April 1

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - WORKSHOP: Job Interviewing (BMH 230)

  • Instructor: Deanna Latimore, MCJR adjunct professor
  • Guest: Sandra Greene
  • For NSU MCJR students only.
  • Register Now.  Workshops fill up quickly.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Student Mixer (BMH 230)

  • By invitation only.


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Tuesday, April 2

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - PANEL: Podcasting/Radio (SC138B)


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - PANEL: The Future of Journalism (SC138B)


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - PANEL: Sports Journalism (SC138B)

  • Larry Rubama, sports columnist, The Virginian-Pilot

  • Brian Smith, sports director, 13News Now

  • Craig Loper, sports director, WAVY10/FOX43

  • Moderator: Mr. Ahmad Garnett, undergraduate MCJR student


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - SPECIAL PANEL: Speed Networking (SC138C)

  • Zuri Grace, director of PR, Original Black Panther Party

  • Meagan Jones, senior global marketing and communications executive, Association of Corporate Council

  • Bianca Mercado, strategic communications consultant, Hearst Magazine

  • Candace Shoates-Perkins, marketing coordinator, Virginia Opera

  • Jaedda Hall, senior workforce development consultant, Sentara Health

  • Michael Barnett, public communications specialist, City of Chesapeake, Chesapeake Television

  • Dana Mitchell, chief executive officer, Buttar Cups

  • Antoinette Ramseur, public information officer, Portsmouth Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • Jevonya Hughes, data and analytics manager, AARP

  • Shane Dawson, implementation consultant, ADP TotalSource

  • Angel Gooch, strategic communications consultant, Booz, Allen and Hamilton

  • Krystal Searcy, marketing communications manager, Hampton Roads Workforce Council

  • Treasure Doberson, studio tech manager, Monumental Sports Network

  • Moderator: Dr. Cathy Jackson, associate professor, MCJR


5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Fireside Chat with Hollywood Director

  • Featuring: David Talbert, writer, producer, and director
  • Host: April Woodard, host of Coast Live and MCJR professor
  • Tuesday April 2, 2024 | 5:30–7 P.M.

  • L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk State University

  • Free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, April 3

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - WORKSHOP: Courage to Create (BMH 230)

  • Instructor: David Talbert, writer, producer, and director
  • For invited students only.


1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. - PANEL: Media Writing (BMH 230)

  • Denise M. Watson, entertainment and education editor, The Virginian-Pilot & Daily Press

  • Sharon R. Foster, senior communications consultant, Army/ARNG Contractor

  • McKinley Mac Bundick Jr., screenwriter/producer

  • Brenda Andrews, the publisher and owner, New Journal and Guide
  • Co- Moderators: Melissa Spellman, MCJR graduate student; Alana Coleman, MCJR graduate student
  • Organizer: Deanna Latimore, MCJR adjunct professor


2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. - WORKSHOP: Resumes & Job Searches (BMH 230)

  • Instructor: Alexis Martin, MCJR adjunct professor
  • ​For NSU MCJR students only.
  • Register Now.  Workshops fill up quickly.


3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. - WORKSHOP: Captivating Reels (BMH 156)

  • Instructor: Taylor Henderson, MCJR adjunct professor
  • For NSU MCJR students only. 
  • Register Now.  Workshops fill up quickly.


6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Alumni Mixer 

  • Host: Maynard Scales, general manager, WNSB
  • For NSU MCJR alumni and invited students and faculty only.



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Thursday, April 4

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. - PANEL: Media Career Advice (SC 138B)


11:30 – 1:30 p.m. - Awards Luncheon (SC 138C)

  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Wanda Brockington, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and former chair of MCJR.
  • Invited guests only. Attire: Business casual 



BMH = Brown Memorial Hall, SC = Student Center


Call 757-823-2261, email 
or send DM on  @mcjrnsu or on  @mcjrnsu.


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Note: Schedule subject to slight change. Check back for updates.