Group pushes for minority ties in media

With more than 15 media and communications organizations on campus, Bowling Green State University Minorities in Media held their kick-off event on Friday.

BGSUMMA is the 18th media organization in the field of communication studies.

DoMonique Maddox, director of telecommunications, and Desmond Hunter, assistant to telecommunications of the organization, introduced and talked about the organization.

BGSUMMA was formed through the dreams of recent graduates Sharonda Glover and Alvin McDaniel.

David Moody, one of the BGSUMMA advisers, commented on her dreams at the beginning of the event.

“When Sharonda first came to me with this idea, I thought it was great,” Moody said. “So in essence this event is to inform the campus about the need for more minorities in media.”

Just as the mission statement of Minorities in Media suggests, this event was important for students to know about because it promotes the awareness of minorities in media.

“Hopefully, people are interested so we can gain more membership,” said Kiylise Crutchfield, the organization’s president. “It’s a resource for students and we want them to take advantage of this opportunity.”

To help get that point across to students about how important it is for there to be minorities in media, was Toledo Blade urban affairs reporter Clyde Hughes. Hughes has worked at The Blade for more than a decade.

“I have been with The Blade now for 16 years and in spite of covering this big case about Officer Dressel of Toledo and having been real busy for the past three days, I still am in love with journalism and feel like the luckiest person in the world to have this job,” he said.

As Hughes gave more background information about himself and gave tips about how to get active in the different fields of communications, Hughes’s main point was to get more minorities involved in the media.

“I would say that journalism is the perfect license to be nosey,” said Hughes, also the president of the Northwest Ohio Media Black Association.

“I think the program went well, [and I] think that Hughes touched on a lot of interesting points, which I am looking for in speakers like him,” Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield plans to invite more speakers to discuss different aspects of media.

“For our first big event, I felt it went well,” said Kandra Flowers, BGSUMMA secretary.