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Darton Student Looking Ahead to a Career in Broadcasting

June 05, 2014

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ALBANY – Recent Darton graduate, JT (John Thomas) Fellows, of Morgan, GA, was one of only four students in the state to receive the E. Lanier “Lanny” Finch Scholarship awarded by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). GAB provides annual scholarships to students in honor of Lanny Finch, under whose guidance GAB became one of America’s leading broadcasting associations. Fellows will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship. 

Fellows graduated with an Associate of Arts in broadcast journalism from Darton State College this past May and will continue his education by attending Columbus State University in the fall, where he will be pursing his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and mass media studies.

Even as a young child, Fellows enjoyed watching the news on TV and knew he wanted to be a news anchor. With no prior camera skills or experience, Fellows quickly became immersed in the Broadcast Journalism Program in the fall of 2012 at Darton, taking full advantage of opportunities around him. He was involved in the Honors Program, Sigma Kappa Delta, Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Chi Eta, was news director and vice president for the new student group, Darton Student Television – DSTV, and appeared on Fox 31 this past fall with WFXL’s The Blitz football show. In the spring of 2014, Fellows was honored as an Outstanding Student for the Social Science Division and was honored with the Grace Emond Memorial Scholarship.

Fellows credits Darton State College Broadcast Journalism Program Coordinator, Brian Perkins, as making the biggest impact on him; stating, “He has literally taught me everything I know about broadcast journalism. He was always willing to help me with any project and gave me and the entire group a lot of opportunities like the FOX 31 ‘Friday Night Blitz’ and the MCLB Mock Press Conference. He made us think outside the box and allowed us to try new things, and even created our student news show — Cavalier Connection. With his help in spring 2013, we created the student organization—Darton Student Television.”

Fellows thanks his parents for support and helping with his journey through college and states, “I look to my parents and grandparents for inspiration when times get tough and I need encouragement.”

After gradating from Columbus State University he hopes to get a job as a TV reporter or anchor and says his dream is to “ultimately, end up in New York either on the ‘Today Show’ or anchoring a network’s evening newscast.”

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