Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Student Leadership

The student leadership of The Hornet Tribune is composed of the editor-in-chief, media advertising and marketing chief, public affairs and communications chief, innovation and strategic initiatives deputy chief, and executive assistant.  These student leaders are responsible for ultimately leading the staff toward fulfilling the mission, vision, strategic planning, and execution of The Hornet Tribune each week.  They are responsible for creating an environment that is positive and amicable for a team of 100 students to achieve the goals that are essential for a productive, informative, efficient, and attractive campus newspaper.

Micah Sanders

Editor-in-Chief

eic2022@gmail.com

Greetings!

Hailing from DeSoto, Texas, my name is Micah Sanders, a senior broadcast journalism major at the illustrious Alabama State University. I have been a part of the Hornet Family for three years and I am certainly enjoying my stay. The nearly 800 miles between Texas and Alabama allowed for me to not only grow as a young adult but as a Black male in society from learning the powerful history on campus. During my tenure, I have immersed myself into some of the many different organizations that ASU has to offer including the Honda Campus All-Stars, the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Society of Leadership & Success, the Swahili Club, D.I.O.P., and The Hornet Tribune.

Joining The Hornet Tribune last year as a junior with no experience in the field of journalism was a bit bumpy. Luckily, after some guidance and training from the general manager and student leaders, working for the school newspaper became a joy and a privilege to be able to speak on behalf of the student body. I have met many more fresh faces, vibrant personalities, and hardworking spirits working for The Hornet Tribune rather than just being a regular student who just attends classes. I started as an Arts & Entertainment Writer in Fall 2020 and learned the ins and outs of how journalism and the newsroom operated. Of course, I partially learned about journalism in class, but actually being thrown into the production cycle and the various other terminologies truly accelerated my learning experience.

As I continued my journey at The Hornet Tribune, I was promoted to the Managing Editor for Editorial Operations in Spring 2021. That was the semester where I became fully immersed in how the professional world of journalism is conducted as a manager. My responsibility was to lead and oversee the editorial and reportorial side of the newspaper. I was the one responsible for making sure that the written content produced was up-to-par in terms of Associated Press (AP) Style, grammar, accuracy, and truth, while also managing seven content editors and the writers underneath them. Though the task may have seemed difficult initially, I managed to uphold that leadership role with professionalism, tenacity, and honor.

Starting as the editor-in-chief for the 2021-2022 school year, I recommend students to join The Hornet Tribune if they are looking to gain immeasurable life-long skills, attributes, and lessons. I believe that any student who enters The Hornet Tribune will exit as a different person. They will have improved discipline levels, grammar and writing skills, and overall time management while serving as a voice for the ASU community.

My career goals are to work in the entertainment industry, specifically in television and film production. I plan to move to California once I graduate and hopefully have a job ready for me once I arrive. I plan to work at ViacomCBS, Disney, or Netflix. I was an Intern for Paramount Pictures this summer. It was one of the best work experiences that I have had and it was all thanks to the hard work and accomplishments I achieved at The Hornet Tribune. 

Want to make a change? Join The Hornet Tribune, you will not regret it.

Kendell Grant

Communications and Public Affairs Chief

capac2022@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Kendell Lamonte Grant, a criminal justice major and communications minor with a career goal of becoming a criminal attorney and eventually a judge.  I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The son of Kendell Grant and Teresa Brown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I attended Holt High School where I held five positions, one as the three-year drum major, the 2018-19 ROTC Battalion Commander, and the 2016 – 2020 SGA President.  I also served as a Holt Ambassador, and I was a member of the National Honor Society.  I received the Ironman Award due to exceptional school spirit, leadership, and character.  While in the Holt Junior Reserve Office Training Corp., I received the Leadership Education Training Award, Superior Cadet Award, 2017 to 2019 Best Drill Commander, and the honorary Purple Heart award in 2019.

I selected Alabama State University because I was awarded a music scholarship as well as the hospitality that the campus offers, and I did not want to be far from home.

As a freshman, The Hornet Tribune is the only organization that I have affiliations with, but as I continue to grow at Alabama State University, I am sure that I will join more organizations.  However, I feel like this position will prepare me to become a press liaison.  I would recommend The Hornet Tribune to other students due to the organization giving students an opportunity to express their talents, and doing something you love as well.

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