Fatima Bangura ’17 is majoring Broadcast & Digital Journalism at the Newhouse School with a minor in African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences.
On campus, Fatima is involved with the Orange Television Network, “Mornings on the Hill, ” “Live from Studio B,” and Renegade Magazine. She’s also studied abroad in Jamaica and interned with MSNBC.
Hey everyone, I’m Fatima Bangura, a senior Broadcast & Digital Journalism major at @newhousesu. Originally from Staten Island, NY, but Richmond, VA is my honorary hometown. It’s my last semester at SU and I’m consumed in all things media right now. I’m currently a writer and former features editor for @renegademagsu, SU’s only Black general interest magazine on campus. At @orangetvnetwork_, I collaborate with an awesome team to shoot, edit, and package student performances organized by SU’s various multi-talented student orgs. And I’m a producer for a weekly live morning news show called “Mornings on the Hill”, that not only keeps students in the know on what’s happening on campus, but also showcases the incredible talent in the “Newhouse Mafia.” I will be documenting my experience at SU this week and giving a look into the untold stories and unsung things on campus. So stick with me for more after the break! –FAB #SyracuseU
What is your favorite thing/part about SU?
I enjoy Orange After Dark events and the commitment faculty and staff to ensure student success. I also appreciate the diverse student groups who host events that highlight non-mainstream culture on campus.
What is your favorite SU memory?
My favorite SU memory to-date is going on the Beyond the Beach short-term study abroad program with Professor Linda Carty. It was my first time out of the United States, and I definitely expanded my knowledge and understanding of how society’s work and look like outside of America.
If you could tell a new or incoming student just one thing about SU, what it would be?
You are ultimately here to learn, to be better, and to earn your diploma. Nothing should stand in the way of that. Syracuse has made me far more aware of the world around me, and I am a better me as a result of it.
So my goal is not to be at the anchor desk but instead here: in the control room. Producing live television is my immediate career interest. Through networking at an @nabjsu National Conference and working with the @newhousesu Career Development Center, I earned an internship at MSNBC last summer. It was everything I needed to know news production was the career for me. I enjoy the high energy of breaking news and making decisions on how information is presented to viewers. Producing for @newhousesu “Mornings on the Hill” gives me the opportunity to continue doing at Newhouse what I did at 30 Rock, finding and providing viewers with timely, compelling and balanced information they can use however they chose. All schools at SU have great college-to-career programs, but being proactive is key! I personally meet with career advisors and use CDC resources weekly to make sure I’m on the right track to land my dream job! -FAB #SyracuseU
The @newhousesu Career Development Center is not only effective in helping students better their chances at getting internships, they also support students in figuring out what career to pursue. I learned about the various communication-oriented student orgs through CDC digital newsletters with general interest meeting information. These organizations cater to everyone from film and documentary lovers, to graphic designers and writers, PR peeps, and obviously, news junkies like myself. Campus involvement builds resumes and relationships. I’ve had great experiences perfecting my videography skills while meeting some of the funniest people on campus. Thanks CDC! -FAB #SyracuseU
Good morning beautiful people! It’s Day 2 of my @oursyracuseu takeover, and this morning I’m getting in a few more minutes of studying before my web design midterm. The @ischoolsu is my go-to study place; it has constructive and innovative vibes that heighten my productivity. There is always a place to hideout and knockout assignments because it has the most computer labs of any school. I prefer the 020 lab in the basement because it’s quiet and has windows showing the day’s weather and displays abstract, industrial-like artwork students can gaze at while figuring out the next sentence in a term paper or how to fix CSS code for a digital design. I used to think I could only go to Newhouse labs and Bird Library to get work done. But it seems most computers on campus share the same software, so I can access ENPS (a news production software) on a Mac desktop in @newhousesu and on the PC desktops in @ischoolsu. Back to studying. Wish me luck! –FAB #SyracuseU
It goes without saying @oursyracuseu is a well-rounded university: most of our colleges are nationally ranked, faculty are top-tier in their respective fields, athletic teams are fierce competition, and we have the BEST weather (I love snow! ❄⛄😊) But with all these great things to look forward to, I think another lesser known aspect is how open SU’s campus is. And not just spatially, but students have access to people on campus in high places, like the Chancellor. Esteemed faculty and staff make conscious efforts to reach out to students and get their opinion on ways campus can improve. There are various focus groups and receptions held to make sure the student voice is heard. So if there is a suggestion you’d like to propose or an initiative you’d like to start, it is easy to get faculty consultation and support. –FAB #SyracuseU
The main reason we decide to go to college is ultimately to graduate and get a job, right? I can tell you first-hand the job search process is daunting. You need to prepare flawless resumes and cover letters, complete various online applications, and most importantly follow through with the HR department or mentor. Everything about internship/job searching includes networking. And while pitching yourself to professional people you don’t really know is quite intimidating (for some), SU does help students conquer half the task. When you walk around different schools, you will inevitably come across a wall or bulletin board with hundreds of posters and flyers advertising different speakers and events happening on campus. This is a great way to put yourself in front of industry reps and have access to people you otherwise wouldn’t think to reach out to. For example, students can talk to Trevor Noah and Anderson Cooper tomorrow and Thursday. Even though, they are not on campus in-person, there is still the opportunity to ask them questions face-to-face. How cool?! These are the kind of grand opportunities SU students get. So don’t ignore the board because there’s too much stuff on it. Be curious! You never know how it might help get you to the next level. -FAB #SyracuseU
Opportunities are all around! This evening management from E.W. Scripps came to @newhousesu to recruit students for fellowships and job opportunities within their company. It’s all about being aware, proactive, and in the right place at the right time. I am a sucker for networking events like these because it shows the value of my education: @oursyracuseu is so prestigious and accredited that industry executives come to us in search of well-rounded talent. That is a huge deal! Step out of your comfort zone. Remember: no one owes us anything, we have to work smart to make sure our futures pan out as we envision it! -FAB #SyracuseU
Can you guess what this little gadget is? Hint: VR… It’s a Samsung Gear 360. This little ball of technological joy is possibly the future of the communications industry. Both @newhousesu and @ischoolsu encourage students to dive into new immersive technology and learn how to integrate it into their respective fields. Digital is the new ‘it’ and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. Think about it: we consume news, entertainment, games, and even buy stuff via smartphones. So it only makes sense for industries to adapt to what their target audiences are doing. SU does a magnificent job of integrating up-and-coming tech devices into curriculum and just getting students interested in what’s new. I’ve had the opportunity create 360 videos at the local zoo and at community centers to give people a virtual experience of a place they’ve probably never been to. It’s immersive! Shout out to SU for nurturing innovation. –FAB #SyracuseU
SU’s campus culture is diverse and vibrant. Art expression is everywhere: from sculptures of great historical figures to murals painted by students. I personally enjoy the large, colorful paintings in the Schine Student Center. The staircase leading to Underground (the lower level of the Student Center) has some of my personal favorites: like the ‘Cuse graffiti and the vivid expression of melodious and lyrical culture rooted in the origins of Hip Hop music. It’s a beautiful reminder that SU is not a lackluster, uptight environment. It’s very much lively and accommodating to all interests, passions, and hobbies. –FAB #SyracuseU
At SU, students’ work can go beyond the classroom. I have worked on several projects in class that have been adopted by local organizations. For example, in my short-form production class I collaborated on producing a PSA for the Onondaga County Health Department. When my team and I presented the final :30 spot to the Department, they loved our work so much they decided to launch a statewide multimedia campaign around it and have it air on television! It is an absolute honor to have my work be appreciated and promoted for a larger audience to see. Over the course of my 4 years at SU, I have quality pieces of work for my demo reel. –FAB #SyracuseU
Pictured above is the Office of Multicultural Affairs, my home away from home. OMA is my personal safe space. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by academics or in need of advice, OMA is always ready to help students. The atmosphere there is very comforting and supportive. And there’s always delicious treats waiting for us. It is extremely valuable to find that safe place on campus because difficult times are inevitable and knowing there are people rooting for you goes a long way. Shout out to @syr_oma for all the love and support! –FAB #Syracuse
My absolute favorite experience at SU thus far was my short-term abroad program to Jamaica. It was my first time out of the country and immersed in another culture. Prior to the experience, I rarely thought about how people lived in other countries or how other places operated institutionally. But visiting Kingston and Negril, Jamaica was invigorating. The food was authentic, fresh and flavorful. The people were beautiful and eclectic. The scenery was breath-taking. While there, I experienced so many awesome things: I climbed to the top of the Blue Mountains, sang in Bob Marley’s house, and visited Rick’s Café. The program’s purpose was to give students a look into how tourism and capitalism influences Jamaica’s economy. We saw the beautiful parts of Jamaica advertised to tourists and the real cities that everyday people occupy. We attended classes at the University of the West Indies and learned about the local dialects, arts, and culture. I also got to experience first-hand the maxim “When America sneezes, Jamaica catches a cold.” It was immediately obvious that our class were tourists and we were either adored or ignored by the local people. Overall, I learned an incredible amount about life in another nation and made amazing, lasting memories. –FAB #SyracuseU
Student organizations put on the best events. I’ve met some of my favorite celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Laverne Cox, Anderson Cooper, Judy Smith, Kendrick Lamar and Tracee Ellis Ross at events that were conceptualized and organized by student orgs. Recently, the Student Association planned a day trip taking students to Washington, D.C to experience the highly-anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. The museum is incredibly difficult to get into because tickets are always sold out. But somehow SA got us in. This was another rich moment I will never forget and thank SU for. Beyond Juice Jam and Mayfest, our student orgs execute the best educational, exhilarating, and memorable events. -FAB #SyracuseU
Hey everyone! This post marks the end of my @oursyracuseu takeover. I had a great time giving you all a look into my personal experiences at SU. It is all too real that this is my last semester at ‘Cuse, and I will dive into the “real world” in May. I’m a little sad to be leaving, but hey no more papers, no more finals! SU has prepared me for success in both work and life. Now is the time to move onto greater things, but I will always bleed orange! Go ‘Cuse! –Fatima Bangura (@fatimaban85) #SyracuseU