Malik Jackson is a sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas. He is a news and information student with a double major in communication studies. He currently hosts his own morning show through the journalism’s school broadcast station and his long-life goal is to become the anchor of a primetime news program.
I was a Jayhawk fan from day one. I was born at KU Medical Center. Growing up my grandma was a big Jayhawk fan, and I wanted to go to KU because of the basketball team.
I am a very personable person. I was raised to believe that if you treat people right, then people will treat you right. I can talk to anyone at any place, so I felt that I could be good at journalism.
I was named the lead anchor of our news show in high school. That’s when I realized that I am good at this. I can do this. I can have a career in this. I love the news and I love politics, too. These are the reasons that drew me to journalism and started looking into schools around the country, and KU has a great journalism school.
I think if you haven’t faced any challenges, you really haven’t done anything. My freshman year was rough. Academically I didn’t do so well. I wasn’t focused. I didn’t differentiate between college and high school. In college, you have to put in more time in order to get the grades that you want. College is serious, but there are 10 times more distractions.
This year, I get to be the anchor of my own morning show. I’ve had the opportunity work on TV shows, starting with working behind the scenes and now here I am. In the J-School if you do something that a journalist in the real world would not do, they first allow you to reflect on what could have been better. The instructors guide you to let you know what you can improve and apply it to situations in the real world.
“Never put a price on your education,” is such a powerful statement to me. A lot of people stop pursuing an education because they cannot afford it. Once you get the degree that you want, it may take 20 or 30 years to pay off the loans, but there is nothing like doing what you love.
It takes a village to raise a child. There is not one person that is responsible for any of us. My family and my professors have pushed me to become better. My mom pushes me to be the best that I can be. My mom tells me, “Why do you want to be just an average journalist when you can go to school and become the best journalist?”
My goal is to anchor one of the nightly news shows that reach a vast number of viewers. As a journalist, you have the opportunity to affect so many people’s lives.
I have so many goals, and as a sophomore, I feel accomplished. I currently anchor two shows. During my time in this field, I have not been afraid to go outside of what I know and who I know and I can only go up from here.
Paola Alor is from Lawrence and graduated in May 2018 with a journalism/ news and information degree and a degree in sociology. She cares about social perspectives and may go to law school someday.