Clarksville, TN – Since 2009, Celeste Malone has been an active Twitter user. From watching live broadcasts to simply tweeting, there is always something for her to explore.
This summer, the APSU Communication graduate student will be using her Twitter and news reporting skills for Periscope — Twitter subsidiary — as an editorial intern in San Francisco, California. She was selected out of 65,000 applications for the position.“Twitter has definitely played a major role within my jobs on campus,” Malone said. “I have used it to follow interesting stories for The All State, and as a way to find interesting topics to discuss in the WNDAACC.” Malone currently serves as editor-in-chief of The All State, student newspaper, as well as graduate assistant for the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.
Malone has been editor-in-chief of the student newspaper since fall 2016, and The All State and student staff have earned almost 40 awards at state, regional and national competitions during her time. “As editor-in-chief, I have learned to seek out and find interesting stories while also evaluating the news value of things,” she said. “Additionally, I have learned how to work with a very diverse team and the importance of people having a voice.”
“Celeste has unparalleled drive and passion in everything she does,” said Patrick Armstrong, coordinator of Student Publications and adviser to The All State. “The student staff look up to her and follow her lead. This will be a big motivation to continue the drive and push she has set for social media content.”
Marcelius Braxton, director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, was delighted to hear the news of Malone’s internship. “I’ve watched her cultivate her leadership, management and communication skills while serving as my graduate assistant at the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center,” Braxton said. “I’ve entrusted her to work independently and develop new and innovative and inclusive programming, and she has taken on that challenge and exceeded all expectations.”
Malone is currently working towards her Master of Arts degree of Marketing Communication from the Communication department. “I’ve advised her since her first year at Austin Peay, and have always known, since our first meeting, that Celeste would go on to do great things,” said Robert Baron, assistant professor and graduate coordinator for the Communication department. “In my social media classes I teach students that they need to think about social media seriously. Celeste serves as a great example of what happens when someone does just that. I’m already trying to book her as a guest lecturer for my fall 2018 social media classes.”
Malone was also recently selected by the APSU Board of Trustees to serve as the 2018-19 student representative. “APSU has continuously challenged and pushed me to become the person I am today,” she said. “I am truly humbled and honored to represent this campus, The All State, The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center and the APSU Communication Department to the best of my ability.”