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Meet Alumnus and ESPN Content Associate Brian McIntosh

Photo Courtesy Brian McIntosh
Photo Courtesy Brian McIntosh
Photo Courtesy Brian McIntosh

Meet Brian McIntosh, a 2015 graduate of NCCU’s Department of Mass Communication who is thriving in the first few years of his career. 

The Fundamentals

Name: Brian McIntosh
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication
Hometown: Durham, NC
Current City: Bristol, CT
Job: Content Associate for ESPN’s “First Take”

About Brian

What motivates you?

The desire to leave a lasting impact on the world. I want to be able to use my platform to make a difference in people’s lives.

Who do you admire and why?

My late father, Will McIntosh. I lost him to a heart attack my second week of college. He was a great father and husband to my mother, all while leaving a legacy and being respected by the community. I wake up every morning following in his footsteps.

Favorite Quote?

“Never Not Working”

Best accounts to follow on social media?

The best account to follow is @_iambmac on Twitter and Instagram of course.

Best advice you’ve received?

“Work smart, not hard.”

Brian’s NCCU Journey

Who or what influenced your decision to attend NCCU and select your major?

My mother, Miriam McIntosh, is an NCCU alumna and I followed in her footsteps in becoming an Eagle. I realized I wanted to major in mass communication around my junior year. I’ve always known that I wanted work in broadcast journalism and NCCU’s Department of Mass Communication gave me that opportunity.

How did your education prepare you for your career?

My education from NCCU is everything. The Department of Mass Communication helped build my foundation and taught me life skills that I use at work today. With my education, I was able to build a foundation for my career.

What advice would you give to an Eagle student?

Take your first year serious. Have a good time but don’t do it at the expense of your education. I’ve enjoyed a lot of early success in my career, but I could have enjoyed it a little sooner if I was a bit more focused.

Brian’s Career

Tell us about your job.

As a content associate for ESPN’s “First Take,” I am responsible for producing creative and compelling content, assisting with booking guests for the show and managing social media channels.

What does your average day look like?

I wake up at 6 a.m. to get ready for work while watching different news channels to see what’s going, as well as check emails. It’s my job to be aware of any breaking sports news and trends. I usually arrive at work around 7:30 a.m. to get everything together for the show at 10 a.m., which ends at noon. Depending on meetings, I post video shoots, and what we have planned for the show the next day. I may stay at work until about 5 p.m. After work, I go to the gym and work on any other projects that I have going on outside of work.

Sounds of the Office: What music are you feeling this week?

I have to go with my guy Drake. His album More Life and also Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 as well.

How has working in your industry changed the way you look at the world?

This industry is fast paced and constantly changing, therefore it has forced me to look at the bigger picture with everything. When I make decisions now, I don’t just think about the immediate impact, but I think about how it will effect me 10 years from now. 

Share a notable (funny, embarrassing or exciting) experience you’ve had at work.

My most exciting moment definitely was my influence in getting NCCU featured on "First Take." To be in a position to showcase NCCU and Durham, N.C., is probably one of the top five most gratifying moments of my life thus far. 

How do you handle work-life balance?

Balance is a major key. This industry requires a lot of long nights and early mornings; it can consume your life if you let it. I’ve mastered being able to advance in my career without having to give up my traveling and social life with family and friends.

Who/What do you look to for inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration from hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. I read an article about Diddy, where he stated he only gets five hours of sleep daily. He is worth billions and could vacation the rest of his life, but still works like he is still trying to make it.

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