Students in Michelle Mahoney’s Mass Media class recently had the privilege to hear from local media professionals during a panel discussion. Idaho Press Tribune Editor, Scott McIntosh; KIVI News Director, J Bates; and Online Editor of Boise State University’s Arbiter, Ximena Bustillo, joined students Wednesday, Nov. 28, to share their expertise and experience.
“We have hosted this event annually for several years,” said Mahoney. “The students always appreciate the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their education and future, professional lives.”
Delaney Hardin, a Communication student, was voted by her classmates to moderate the panel discussion based on questions generated by the group. Speaking to and asking questions of professionals currently in the industry provided students the opportunity to gain insight and build connections.
“It’s very difficult to get your foot in the door or know where to start when you go into media or journalism,” commented Bustillo, Online Editor of Boise State’s student newspaper, the Arbiter. “Having media professionals come in, whether they are just starting out or are very experienced, helps bring diversity of knowledge to students.”
“This was the first year we had a Boise State student on the panel,” commented Mahoney. “I think it added a nice balance. Our program appreciates the support we receive from our campus and community partners for this event each year!”