The journalism department is honoring Central Michigan University alumna Kameel Stanley as 2013 young journalist of the year.
“Being the young journalist of the year is pretty cool and exciting,” Stanley said. “I’m looking forward to coming back to Mount Pleasant and hanging out with old friends. I haven’t had a chance to come back in quite some time.”
Stanley graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and now works as a reporter covering police and public safety issues for the Tampa Bay Times.
Stanley thanked CMU, saying the school offers a great journalism program. She also gives credit to Central Michigan Life for the experience she said she needed in order to get to where she is now.
“The journalism classes at CMU are great, but you really need the working experience to tie it all together,” she said. “CM Life is where you get your news clips that employers want to see.”
Stanley worked at CM Life writing and editing stories. She started her freshmen year as a reporter and by the time she was a senior, she was the managing editor.
Stanley wanted to thank many of her professors, saying every one of them helped her achieve her goals. Journalism professor Tim Boudreau was one of her most influential mentors.
“Kameel was a great student. Very enthusiastic and a great example of the kinds of journalists CMU helps produce,” Boudreau said. “She was a guest speaker in one of my classes last year, telling people what it’s like to be a working journalist.”
Despite the promises of college recruiters, earning a degree is not a guarantee of future success, Stanley said. To truly succeed in a chosen profession, one must have the passion to do the job.
“If you want to make it as a journalist, you have to make sure you really want it,” Stanley said. “The industry is difficult. You won’t get rich doing this, but it is a job that is vital to society. If you don’t have the passion to do this, you’re probably not going to make it.”
The induction ceremony for the Journalism Hall of Fame is Nov. 15 at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Mount Pleasant, 2424 S. Mission St.