The Gray Media Training Center

Training & Equipping the Future Leaders of the Media Industry

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Gray Television, Inc., owns and operates high-quality local television stations in 113 media markets. The Gray Media Training Center, at WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, trains, prepares and equips future media industry leaders for success!

Gray Media Training Program participants will receive hands-on learning about the 5 core competencies of the media industry: News, Marketing, Production, Engineering & Advertising Sales

Director of Operations MICHAEL A. WHITE, JR. - Gray Media Training Center

Michael A. White, Jr., a native of Flora, Mississippi is an award-winning Broadcast Television Producer and Journalist with 10 years of experience. White started at WLBT in 2013 as an intern where he first learned about working in the Broadcast Journalism field.

White was hired in 2014 as a Studio Operator where he learned strong organizational skills eager to secure an entry-level position. From there, White, moved into the newsroom as an Associate Producer, advanced to News Producer, and was then promoted to Morning Executive Producer, serving as an executive producer since 2020.

A graduate of Jackson State University, White received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and Media Studies. White, as the program’s Operations Director, will lead the charge in developing the Gray Media Training Center program at WLBT.

The Gray Media Training Center will educate and train students who attend Mississippi colleges and universities, with a focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state, namely Jackson State, Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, Rust College and Tougaloo College.

The Fall 2022 Inaugural Class Meet the Current Gray Media Training Center Interns for Fall 2022.

Delesha Banks


Mekiyla Brown


Joliyah Daughtry


Tiara Jackson


De'Nautis Liddell


Harmony Porter


Jasmine Puckett


Makyla Simmons


Dejona Sims


Kori Ann Walters


The Curriculum Gray Training Center interns will learn about the 5 core competencies of the evolving media industry

News

A condensed and modernized lesson that introduces college students to journalism concepts, media literacy, and daily newsroom operations. Our news curriculum is designed to help students integrate basic journalism strategies into today’s newsrooms.

Marketing

The marketing curriculum provides an in-depth understanding of product design, brand engagement, and promotional writing. Students will explore the stages of successfully developing promotional content and introducing the product to the public.

Engineering & I.T.

Students will have a firm understanding of the electronics technology found in Broadcast Engineering along with the increasing presence mobile media and digital audio have in today's marketplace.

Production

The broadcasting and production technology curriculum provides hands-on fundamentals associated with journalistic content creation and Master Control training.

Advertising Sales

Our sales training curriculum is designed to help shape client conversations and translate skills into business relationships. Students will gain advanced knowledge in interpersonal communication skills, negotiation, and sales management.

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Gray Announces Inaugural Media Training Center Participants

August 29, 2022

Gray Television and WLBT (NBC) in Jackson, Mississippi, today announced the inaugural group of participants in the Gray Media Training Center internship program. The first class includes 10 students who will begin the program in late August in conjunction...


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WLBT And Gray Television Do The Right Thing

July 11, 2022

Today, WLBT is a model for race relations, but in the 1960s things were very different. The original owners had worked zealously against minority rights, using the station’s airways to actively promote segregation...


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WLBT Jackson Names Director For New College Media Training Center

April 15, 2022

WLBT, Gray’s NBC affiliate in Jackson, Miss., has appointed Michael A. White Jr. the director of operations for the Gray/WLBT Media Training Center, launching later this year...


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Gray launches media training center at WLBT to enhance industry diversity, train next generation of media leaders

February 16, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Gray Television, Inc. announced plans to create the Gray Media Training Center in partnership with WLBT, the top-ranked NBC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi....


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Gray Launches Media Training Center to Enhance Industry Diversity and Train the Next Generation of Media Leaders

February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gray Television, Inc. (“Gray,” “we,” or “our”) (NYSE: GTN) today announced plans to create the Gray Media Training Center in partnership with WLBT, our top-ranked NBC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi....


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