From Savannah to behind the scenes


From Savannah to behind the scenes

It takes lots of hard work to make things look easy. Just ask Cattany Brown ’16. To make her media projects look effortless, she had to put in a whole lot of elbow grease. Even when she completed a project, there was always more to edit, to refine, to make better. But, thanks to Savannah State, the experiences she had made the work worth it.

While at SSU, you could see Cattany shooting student government campaigns on campus or making music videos around Savannah. She photographed the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C. Directed a mini-documentary on the perspectives of the LGBT community. And wrote and edited news stories for Savannah’s local ABC affiliate. SSU was the start of it all.

Cattany, who was a mass communications major with a concentration in audio/video production, wants to use media to be the voice of change for people—to shift narratives and viewpoints. To do that meant becoming a better professional and getting door-opening opportunities—with help from SSU and career development events like the Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI).

For 65 years, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) has hosted SRPI. At the two-day conference, college and high school students work side-by-side with industry pros to build apps, anchor news desks, write scripts, edit videos, and strengthen résumés. Students learn first hand from experts so they can go on to become the next great directors, producers, screenwriters, broadcasters, designers, and social media gurus.

Or, in Cattany’s case, a future director/entertainment manager/production company owner. It’ll take a lot of work to get there (it always does), but she’s used to it. For Cattany, it’s all about keeping her eye on the prize.

“SSU helped me grow and change—personally, mentally, professionally, socially. It’s where I found my calling.” Seriously Impressive

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