Journalism and Media Academy senior Jaylynn Moffat-Mowatt attended the third annual student forum of the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists. She was invited by her mentor, radio host Michael Lyle, to the forum that brought together students and journalists from all over the state to Quinnipiac College. This year’s topic was navigating the changing world of media featuring panelists from ESPN, NOC 10, WBZ CBS Boston, and AM 1120 WQUN.
— Jaylynn (@SymoneLondon) March 26, 2017
“This year I got back into contact with my mentor because I want to be a journalist. That’s when he invited me to this conference to meet with other black journalists and students in the area.”
— Barbara Morse Silva (@NBC10_Barbara) March 26, 2017
Jaylynn’s day started with a tour of WQUN where she was able to record a radio promo before joining everyone else at Quinnipiac. While there, she was even highlighted as an audience member who knew more about educational opportunities in journalism.
“Someone asked a question to a panel about where they could send their kids to school to learn about journalism. My mentor’s boss, who was on the panel, remembered me from the tour of WQUN and pointed me out in the crowd as a student of Journalism and Media Academy. Then I was randomly handed a mic and I was able to tell everyone about JMA.”
— SNEABJ (@SNEABJ) March 25, 2017
But the best part of Jaylynn’s day was when she met one of her favorite broadcast journalists: “I met Darren Haynes, which was so cool because hello, it’s Darren Haynes! Who doesn’t want to meet him?” For those who aren’t familiar, Darren Haynes is an ESPN anchor on SportsCenter and the keynote speaker at the conference.
Before the conference was over, Jaylynn was also able to join the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists. “It’s so cool that I’m going to be part of a group of black journalists before I even go to college. I’m so happy that I was able to go to that conference.”
— Michael Lyle, Jr. (@LyleMultimedia) April 12, 2017
She was even able to make another visit to WQUN after the conference. Congrats Jaylynn!