Graduate student Riley Armant is using her time in the Journalism Masters program to refine her skills as a storyteller.
#ProfilesOfTenacity: Riley Armant
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?
Being that I am a COVID-19 graduate, I knew that the job market was not ideal for me. I decided that a master’s degree was the best option for me. The idea of going to school again was not the most appealing, but it has been the best decision I have made so far. I want to be a great storyteller and journalist. I knew that Grady is the best of the best, therefore I felt as though it was only right to join the UGA community.
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?
Tenacity, in my opinion, means possessing the determination to reach a personal goal or level of success. Having this quality also means that you won’t settle for anything less than what you envision.
What is your most memorable Grady experience?
Being able to get into the Newsource class, hands down. This was definitely the hardest class I have ever taken but I am a better journalist because of it.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about connecting with my community and creating a platform for their voices to be heard. Like I have said before, I want to be a great storyteller and journalist, so a personal passion of mine is to create this platform. I also want to join the efforts to restore trust in news media, especially in the Black community. I have personal passions for things like fine arts (especially dance), food, and music.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?
Creating a newsreel from my summer internship and Grady Newsource that I feel confident in!
Who is your professional hero?
A few of my favorites are Angela Rye, Maria Taylor (even though I don’t have a huge interest in sports) and Jeannette Reyes.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am classically trained in ballet and danced for a solid 15 years.
What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?
My favorite social media app is Tik Tok because it’s almost like a search engine. I go there for news, makeup reviews and clothing reviews. Instagram has always been a favorite of mine as well, but I would say that I frequent Tik Tok more often.
What are you planning to do after obtaining your degree?
I have plans to become a multi-skilled Journalist. Later in my career, my goal is to be an anchor and a great storyteller overall.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?
“As a journalist you will always get better interactions if you lead with honey” Ralitsa Vassileva, the Grady Newsource professor, gave us this advice before we started doing live shows. To me, this meant that you should always go into an interview with a positive attitude and grace. By doing this you begin to build a bond with your source and which enables you to tell an amazing story.
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