Class of 2013 | College of Liberal Arts | Communications
Recent Tennessee State University senior communications graduate Jer’Mykeal McCoy landed a unique opportunity spring of 2012 to report for the Tennessean.
The Knoxville native joined seven Middle Tennessee State University students in a federal judicial system-reporting project to cover the federal courts as student reporters for the newspaper.
The journalism project was designed to give students the opportunity to become immersed in daily reporting on the activities of the U.S. District Courts and other federal law enforcement operations, using a “teaching hospital” method of instruction.
“This project was designed for students to learn how to provide content to mainstream media, from newspapers to television, radio and website operations,” said MTSU Prof. Wendell Rawls, Pulitzer Prize winner, investigative reporter and editor, who led the project.
As advisor, Rawls edited all student copy before it was considered for publication.
According to Dr. Terry Likes, professor of Multimedia Journalism and head of the Department of Communication, McCoy earned 12 hours of credit at TSU by working with the Tennessean.
“This was a very unique opportunity for Jer’Mykeal to gain full-time journalism experience covering the courts, and working with a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and a nationally recognized news organization,” he said.
McCoy attributes the opportunity to hard work and outstanding faculty and friends at TSU.
“It was a blessing to be chosen for this opportunity,” he said. “This just goes to show that your TSU experience is what you make it and I made the best out of it. This would not have been possible if not for the great faculty and students in the Communications Department.
My TSU experience has taught me that if you take advantage of the opportunities you are given, your life will be unlike anything you could have imagined.”