TSU Alumni Lewis Shares Meter Memories
The Meter staff was presented with a special treat thanks to their advisor, Sandra Long Weaver. Tennessee State University alumni, Mr. Dwight Lewis, graced the staff with personal anecdotes as well as words of wisdom. With an extensive list of accomplishments, such as 40 years with The Tennessean, safely tucked under his belt, Lewis served as an untapped treasure trove of information.
As a native to Tennessee, Knoxville to be exact, Lewis enrolled at TSU in the fall of 1965. Though he majored in business administration on paper, he admittedly partook in the partying scene and pursued dreams of being a professional baseball player, causing Lewis to graduate in the spring of 1971. Despite this, Lewis favorably looks back at his time spent at Tennessee State where he even served as the editor of The Meter.
Utilizing the skills honed as a staff member, Lewis reflected back on his time with The Tennessean, from which he has since retired. Entering as a “general assignment reporter” and retiring as editor of the editorial page, the alumni provided insight on his journey as a journalist. “Everything I’ve learned about journal writing I learned from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin: you want people to feel as though they’re listening to good music,” reiterated from Roy Peter Clark, a former mentor.
Lewis also shared tips to column writing. Explaining that a column differed from an editorial due to the content showcasing personal opinions, Lewis shared the advice of Robert Maner that guided his writing. “The first thing is to know your subject. Secondly, don’t be afraid to say what you want and be willing to take whatever comes from it. Lastly, and most importantly, listen”.
After sharing a few more stories as well as laughs, Lewis left The Meter staff with this piece of advice: “Say it stronger.”