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Journalism Students get close-up with Emerson Coleman

LEXINGTON, Miss. – It is not every day that students, especially from the Mississippi Delta, get an opportunity to meet a senior vice president of a national multi-media company which owns and operates local television and radio stations in 26 media markets across 39 states, reaching over 21 million U.S. television households (

Thirty-five Holmes County Central High School (HCCHS) students recently did just that. The students were personally invited to attend the 2019 Journalism and Media Studies Conference at Jackson State University, April 4, by a special invitation from Department Chair Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony. Her invitation afforded them the opportunity to hear, meet and take advantage of photo opts with featured speaker Emerson Coleman, Senior Vice President, Programming for Hearst Television, Inc.

Coleman, according to a JSU news release, is considered one of the media industry’s most highly regarded television programming executives. His media studies conference topic was “The Impact of Social Media on Traditional Television Broadcasting.” 

“The trip to JSU was a very educational experience,” said graduating senior, Ry’Anna Meeks. Meeks plans to attend Jackson State University in the fall and major in Mass Communications.

Not only did the students hear from Coleman, they also listened to a panel presentation by News Directors from three local network-affiliated television stations:  WAPT, WJTV, WLBT in which they were able to ask questions about news packaging and career opportunities.

“We were so pleased to see the students and teachers there from Holmes County,” said Hayes-Anthony. “We would like to thank Superintendent Dr. James Henderson, our alum, for encouraging his students to attend JSU and major in JMS.” During their visit, Anthony shared with the students how active and goal-oriented Henderson was as a broadcast student when he attended JSU.

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