Terrence Johnson’s first year as a graduate student in CAMD’s Media Advocacy master’s degree program was full of learning and growth. Through his classes, he was able to study communication in the social and political sectors and develop skills to be able to think critically about information in the news and media, something he believes has furthered him in his professional journey. Terrence joined the Northeastern community with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism (emphasis on broadcast) from University of Mississippi, a strong skillset, and an eagerness to develop himself as a leader and a professional. This foundation has set him up for success as a graduate student in a program that develops resilient, media-empowered citizens in a global society.
At Northeastern, Terrence has found himself in a unique environment in each of his classes; they have been small, intimate, and collaborative. He quickly grew close with his peers, which he considers to be a highlight of his time in the program so far; he describes the community as supportive and engaging.
“We are able to discuss heavy topics and the effects of local and national situations in ways that are both honest and relevant,” he said of his classes. “At the core of everything, we have respect – respect for each other’s’ truths, experiences, and thought processes.”
Terrence is able to put the skills he’s learned thus far to the test at WGBH, where he is a Production Intern for Basic Black, a weekly show focused on highlighting the experience of those of color living in the Greater Boston Area. In this role, he facilitates, researches, produces, and edits content, provides logistical support, and manages social media streams.
“At WGBH, I help bring forth important and specific stories to communities that want information,” Terrence explained. “Being able to help ensure that these messages and stories are consistently received is something that I am extremely proud of.”
Aside from classes and work, Terrence dove right into the Northeastern culture, getting involved with several on-campus organizations. At WRBB, the student-run radio station, he cofounded the podcast “Black in Boston.” He produces and writes content for each episode, which document his first-hand experiences of transitioning to becoming a Boston resident. He also works for the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute as a Graduate Programs Assistant. Through this role, he worked to put on Northeastern’s first-ever Mister and Miss Renaissance Pageant.
“That was such a rewarding experience – I believe providing spaces for students to showcase who they are and what their talents are is important,” he said.
In the future, Terrence is looking forward to pushing himself more out of his comfort zone and hopes to secure another news internship in the city. He is excited for another year of learning and he is eager to see what is next in store for him.