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MSNBC boss’ advice: Be confident, authentic selves

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MSNBC President Rashida Jones and WEAA host Cara Williams at Morgan State University on Nov. 18, 2021

By Julien Johnson and Kenya Chase-Mercer with SGJC Student News Network

MSNBC President Rashida Jones spoke Thursday to Morgan State University students about the importance of not settling and believing in the work that you put in.

She spoke at the School of Global Journalism & Communication as a part of the NBCU Academy series that is in partnership with the university.

The first ever African American MSNBC president told students to be confident in who they are no matter what outside noise they may hear.

“The more you distract yourself with what other people think,” said Jones, “the longer it takes to get to your goal.”

Jones used her background and experiences to emphasize the significance of staying true to herself and remembering that she was more qualified to aspire to bigger jobs.

The Hampton University graduate was only in her second or third year of college when she was granted the opportunity to intern with the editing team of the National Basketball Association.

“When I got the letter, my first thought was this was a scam.” said Jones, but she said the internship ended up being “one of the best summers of [her] life.”

Jones proceeded to use that experience and others as fuel to keep pushing forward no matter what obstacles and doubters were in front of her, and the opportunity eventually led her to where she is now.

“You’re just as worthy as anyone else in the room,” Jones told 40 students and faculty.

Both writers are students in the School of Global Journalism and Communication

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