The Missouri School of Journalism encourages students to be resilient in building strategic communication skills that set them apart. This resilience is something that Jazmyn Ferguson embodies.
Along with her double major in journalism and business, Ferguson’s robust academic career led her to another interest – public policy and law. She is striving to find a career path that brings together her education in business and journalism, along with her interest in public policy and law.
It was her search to find that connection that led her to the Washington Media Scholars Foundation, where this past December she was selected as one of 60 students nationwide as a Media Fellow. The foundation provides scholarships and networking opportunities for students in the fields of Advertising, Business, Communication and Political Science. Media Fellows are students with an interest in the intersection of public policy and advertising who receive a scholarship with their selection.
“As a fifth-year student double majoring, a lot of my scholarships ran out after four years. I spent a lot of time looking for outside scholarships for business and journalism majors,” explained Ferguson. “It was kind of a win for me.”
Along with the scholarship, the Washington Media Scholars Foundation connects recipients with a number of companies, including Politico, ABC, Cox Media Group, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and The Washington Post. For Jazmyn, this is another accolade for her resume, which already includes her positions in groups such as the Alumni Association Student Board, Business Ambassadors Program, Cornell Leadership Program, National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Upon graduation, Ferguson will start her career at LinkedIn as a Global Sales Associate for its Talent Solutions. Her ultimate goal is to obtain her juris doctorate and become a legal counsel or director of Public Policy for a large technology organization.
The resilient student is grateful for the experiences that Mizzou offers and for the work that both the Missouri School of Journalism and Trulaske College of Business have done in making it possible to earn both degrees, which she adds complement one another well.
“Although it was a challenge, I would not trade my experiences for anything in the world,” Ferguson said. “Both schools have pushed me to be my best and have taught me that I’m capable of more than I ever thought.”
“With that being said, I’m excited to use my education in the workplace and to continue returning to Mizzou to inspire students to come,” said Ferguson.