School: Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Major Concentration: Broadcast Journalism
A graduating broadcast journalism student at FAMU, Brandon McCaskill has a myriad of goals on the horizon and plenty of talents to explore.
Born in Largo, Maryland, McCaskill’s studies have brought him closer his passion-- a career in broadcasting and entertainment. During his junior year, McCaskill directed the 2007 FAMU Homecoming Fashion Show; acted as the Official Student Activities/SGA Photographer; and moderated the 2009 State of the Black Student Summit.
Recently, McCaskill was crowned Mr. FAMU and takes his position seriously.
"I ran for Mr. FAMU with the intentions of making recruitment more virtually interactive and fun,” McCaskill said. "I also wanted to put emphasis on not just having a leadership role, but exemplifying, in my everyday actions on campus, what a leader should be. That includes being a student first, prioritizing, having fun while still preparing for life after college."
Even while participating in several activities and maintaining a stellar academic background at FAMU, McCaskill understands the role young black men must play in society.
"I want to represent what I feel a man should be. I believe men and women underestimate the power of an educated, goal oriented and driven man that respects all mankind,” McCaskill explained. "This includes respecting myself and realizing my worth. As a result, there is no need to over-exert like others do in areas where they lack. This all comes with being a confident man and leader. I respect women, my elders and peers and expect the same in return."
With plenty of experience reporting and writing for media outlets, McCaskill’s future in broadcast journalism is shining brightly. Over the past few years, McCaskill has worked as a photographer and photo editor for several magazines, and reported for Nuovo Magazine and 360 Magazine Media.
"I always say, ‘With any leader naturally comes followers regardless of what direction they go in,’" McCaskill said. "If we had more real leaders that not only go in "A" direction, but a positive one, the world would be a better place. My daily actions reflect the ideal leader I used to imagine before I became one."
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