Roland Martin: Tells It Like It Is

One of the great things about attending Newhouse is the opportunity to hear industry game-changers, past and present, speak candidly about their careers. Last night, SU’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) hosted a conversation with Roland Martin. For non-political junkies, Martin is one the finest political analysts and social commentators in the business. He’s worked for CNN, TV One, and BET — among a host of other U.S. media outlets. He’s also one of the only African-American faces you’ll see on primetime news networks.

I’ve followed Martin’s work for many years and, as an aspiring political journalist, deeply admire his fearless effort to educate American minds at all costs. As he put it, “I go into every job under the premise that I’ll eventually get fired.” While I’m not quite sure I’ll ever be that audacious, his talk last night reaffirmed my belief that to be a great journalist you must take risks and dare to cause some disruption.

“I’m not an activist, but I can use my voice to act on certain issues and causes.”

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