Written for The Argo by Bailey Schilling
On Thursday, November 3rd, Stockton’s Communications Studies Department invited Courtland Bragg to speak to students about his experiences in sports broadcasting. Courtland Bragg was once an intern at the headquarters of NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J. Today, he is a three-time Emmy Award-winning producer and director; as well as a coordinator of the internship program at NFL Films.
The event, moderated by Communication Studies Seniors Samarah Mcknight and Faith Assink, included a Q&A segment in which students were given the chance to ask their own questions. Bragg had a wealth of wisdom to share about mentorship, networking, hard work, and chasing goals. He discussed how, after being denied over 80 internships and jobs, he finally landed a seasonal position with NFL Films. It was then that he was able to work his way to the top. “Rejection is great, embrace it,” he shared. “After a million ‘nos’, all you need is one ‘yes’, and you make the most out of that one ‘yes.’”
Assink, one of the moderators, said that it was a “great opportunity as someone who has a heavy interest in sports communication. To have someone with such an impressive background come to our school was inspiring to all of us.” Bragg kept the attention of every single person in the room for well over the originally allotted time, making the event very successful.
To learn more about Bragg, visit his website https://www.courtlandbragg.com for exclusive interview footage and more information about his work.