February 24, 2018  

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Mass Communication Student Selected to New York Times Student Institute

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Crystal Garner

Crystal Garner, a junior broadcast journalism and computer science major from Meridian, Miss., was recently selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which will be held this summer on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

The Institute allows student participants to function as working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times newspaper during their two-week stay. The students will cover actual events in the cities in which the Institute is held and will have the opportunity to learn reporting, copy editing, photography, Web production, newspaper page design and video journalism and interactive news.

Garner, who is president of the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists, the university’s student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, was excited to learn that she was selected to participate in this all-expense paid professional opportunity.

“The program is very competitive, so it felt surreal when I received the news,” Garner said. “I feel extremely honored to have been chosen from a pool of deserving students. I look forward to being mentored by journalists recognized as some of the top in the news industry and I want to use this opportunity to learn and grow to the next level as a journalist.”

Almost 400 alumni of the Institute now work at major news organizations that include the Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Washington Post and The New York Times itself, as well as dozens of mid-size news organizations.

In addition to this opportunity, Garner has been a Digital Journalism Task Force intern, a program sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists; a visualization/broadcast intern with NASA Goddard Space Center; and a featured correspondent with USA Today College. She is presently a reporter for the Student Printz and has edited and written for Hercampus.com and served as a producer for WUSM radio. 

“Crystal is one of the most humble students that I know,” said Dr. Cheryl Jenkins, advisor to the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists student group. “She has managed to quietly build quite an impressive resume as a student here and I’m certain she will go on to do great things in this industry.”