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Student Q&A: Cameron Thompson

Cameron Thompson stands in front of Woodburn

Cameron Thompson is a junior Advertising and Public Relations student from Maryland. He is also a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the Black Student Union. 

What has been the best part of your experience at the College of Media so far? Reed College has done a great job preparing me for my future career. From professors like Dr. Jones promoting new and thought-provoking coursework to Professor Borghese helping me develop my creativity. I was able to secure two internships from various connections in the College, including my current internship as a social & content intern at the WVU Chambers College.

Why do you think diversity in journalism/media is so important? Diversity in journalism and media is crucial because it ensures that a wide range of perspectives and voices are represented in the stories. This can lead to more nuanced, accurate and fair coverage of events and issues, in turn, helping to promote understanding and empathy among different communities. Having a diverse group of journalists and media professionals can help to prevent the perpetuation of stereotypes and biases in news coverage going on today.

What are your career goals? After graduation, I hope to work for a media outlet like the works of GQ or Complex, working in journalism and copywriting.

What does Black History Month mean to you?  The start of February is not only a month to celebrate and reflect back on Black history but also Black history in America. It's important to continuously learn about this history especially in the realm of journalism to not make certain mistakes and to better the future for all people. 

Who has been your biggest inspiration? My inspiration comes from many things. In the field of creativity, I take focus on people like the late Virgil Abloh, Sean Wotherspoon, and James Whitner – being able to be so successful while telling a black story even outside of the journalism realm.