Alumni Spotlight

Beshanda Owusu

Why did you choose your major?

I knew early on that I wanted to be a journalist. I've always enjoyed writing so journalism just made sense. As I went through the program at NIU I gravitated toward broadcast journalism. The major allowed me to hone my writing skills and maybe most important, it taught me how to tell a complete story. That meant learning how to obtain information, ask the right questions, be balanced and definitely set the tone for my professional career.

Why would you recommend your major program to other students?

We've seen so many changes both good and bad in our profession. The way we get news has changed which means the way we report news has adjusted as well. It is imperative that students are taught the true values of journalism, that fair and accurate reporting is essential. Our motto, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out" is an oldie but a goodie and holds just as true today.

Is there anything you would like to tell prospective students?

The college experience presents so many opportunities. Become the most well-rounded person you can become. Meet as many people from as many different backgrounds as you can and learn from your interactions. The tools are there. You have to take advantage of them.

What is your current occupation?

I'm an author now. After graduating from NIU, I earned my M.A. from Columbia College Chicago within one year, and earned an Emmy nomination for my work at WGN. With over ten years of experience as an Assignment Editor, I've published my first book #JOURNOLIFE that's geared towards those looking to seek a career in journalism.

B.A. Journalism, 2001

Emmy-nominated Journalist and Author