Letter from the Editor: Becoming a Journalist

Akira Kyles

When I first attended Morgan State University, I was a graphic design major and later changed it to print journalism the beginning of my junior year for the sake of having something that coexisted with my photography skills. In other words, I was desperately throwing things against a wall to see what stuck.

I’ve always favored writing while growing up but never knew what it meant to actually be a journalist. I just thought it would be easy because I passed with As in my English classes, however, it was another ball game.  After my few classes, I was afraid I made a mistake. There were times where I felt like I didn’t belong.

I joined the MSU Spokesman to learn more about being a journalist. I really wanted to take on the task of being the best journalist I could be. I wanted to test my limits and grow out of my comfort zone and the MSU Spokesman was able to do just that for me.

If you told me then that I was going to become their arts and entertainment editor of a paper, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was so shy and doubted myself, yet I grew so much. I was eager to prove myself and wrote whatever story was assigned to me, even if it meant writing about boring internet policies on campus.

I would have never thought that a group of people could mean so much to me, nor that they would become my family.

To future staff members of the MSU Spokesman, I advise you to take that big leap forward and not be scared. Join this paper because it will not only make you a better writer, but a better person as well.