Wyman Jones is a 22-year-old junior, Multi-Platform Production Major at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University. He is from Largo, Maryland, but currently lives in Baltimore. Jones marched for 3-plus years in Morgan State’s Marching Band, the “Magnificent Marching Machine,” where he played the trombone. Jones freelances as a photographer and videographer and is employed as a lab attendant in the Innovation and Collaboration Center at Morgan.
Emily Pelland is a graduate student at West Virgina University and a graduate of Morgan State University (MSU). As an undergraduate at MSU, she traveled with a team to cover stories in Havana, Cuba. After that trips he started the process of creating an independent documentary and Mixed Reality experience about the city making use of archival images. Her professional project for grad school will focus on creating a multimedia documentary for 100 Days in Appalachia’s investigative report on water access in West Virginia.
Simone Benson is a graduating senior and Multimedia Journalism major at Morgan State University. Her goal is to be a renowned video journalist and media mogul one day. Benson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and recently traveled on a reporting trip to Paris with a team from Morgan. Benson is from Milford, Delaware. As a junior, she was selected as one of six students from historically black colleges (HBCU) for a Rhoden Fellowship. The two-year fellowship, sponsored by ESPN, gives students an opportunity to cover HBCU life as well as a paid internship. Benson was assigned to ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Shayla Klein is a native West Virginian, born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. She thinks of herself as “extremely quirky in a cool way.” She loves watching cartoons and professional wrestling. Klein likes to think that she adds an element of fun to everything she does, but that she can also be very professional. She says she’s not a procrastinator because deadlines “Eat me up inside. So you don’t have to worry about late work.”
Robert Simmons picked up his family camera in high school to make funny YouTube videos, and 6 years later that hobby has become a passion. The West Virginia University senior is studying Advertising with a minor in Linguistics. He is interested in marketing for nonprofits, developing his own videography business after graduation, and working as a documentary filmmaker. He also likes to run and eat lots of Raisin Bran Crunch. Simmons is curious and loves to find and connect with other people’s stories.
Gabriela Alexa Tylenda is a rising Senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art as an Illustration major. She says she has been an artist all of her life. She loves experimenting and learning new things and never wants to limit herself, but feels as though Illustration has the power to find a home in every medium of art. Making art helps her to study the beauty and the “ugly” in the world. She hopes to be a swiss army knife that can handle it all. “It’s certainly an honor to work with all the amazing people at Next Generation Radio!,” she said. See more of her work here.
Sylvia Li is a graduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has aB.A. in art from Amherst College. As graphic designer and illustrator, she loves helping people understand complex ideas through design. See more of her work here.