FAMU SJGC alumnus MarKeith Cromartie returned to the halls of “J-School” on Monday, September 12 to deliver an inspiring message and provide early-career advice to students. He encouraged students in Professor Douglas Blackburn’s News Reporting and Writing I class to not be intimidated by failure in their careers.
“I wanted them to know it’s ok to try things and it’s ok to fail,” Cromartie said. “It’s all about what do you do when you are at that low point. Do you give up or do you keep going?”
Cromartie is a May 2018 Broadcast Journalism graduate. He currently works as a Public Information Specialist with Leon County Community Media Relations. Cromartie credits his success in the media industry to Blackburn’s mentorship and that their dynamic “means the world” to him.
“He’s is like a second father to me,” Cromartie said. “He always saw potential in me when I didn’t see it in myself.”