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GoGlobal JAC452

GO GLOBAL with Professor Julia Wilson! Meet international leaders, journalists and communications professionals from countries outside of America’s borders. Learn about people who have different cultures and social mores. Be there and participate in understanding global news you can use! Taught by a former international journalist and strategic communications professional – for aspiring professionals seeking international career opportunities.

452-01 International Journalism and Communications class will meet on MWF 4-4:50 for the 2021 Fall Semester. Contact your SHSJC Advisor to register!


Congratulations to Spring 2021 452-01 International Journalism and Communications Student Myeshia Barrett for her final presentation on Ethiopia

GO GLOBAL with Professor Julia Wilson! Meet international leaders, journalists and communications professionals from countries outside of America’s borders. Learn about people who have different cultures and social mores. Be there and participate in understanding global news you can use! Taught by a former international journalist and strategic communications professional – for aspiring professionals seeking international career opportunities.

452-01 International Journalism and Communications class will meet on MWF 4-4:50 for the 2021 Fall Semester. Contact your SHSJC Advisor to register!


Congratulations to SHSJC Rising Junior Evan Taylor for her upcoming internship

Evan Taylor

Evan is a rising junior from Naperville, IL majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Sociology. This summer she will be joining Emergent Holdings Inc. as a Corporate Communications Intern.

She will be a key contributor in developing internal and external communications for Emergent Holdings and its subsidiaries, as well as help create content for weekly and monthly newsletters, social media, intranet sites, and other campaigns.

Among other tasks, her duties will include assisting with the creation and execution of multi-channel communications campaigns, management of basic project phases, and editorial review.


Congratulations to SHSJC Rising Senior Cyrus Henry for his upcoming internship

Cyrus Henry

In Cyrus' words: "Hello, I'm Cyrus Henry, a rising senior journalism major, sociology minor from Hartford, CT. This summer, I will be a Steve Corman News Intern at Connecticut Public Broadcasting. The internship will offer a chance for real-world experience in a busy radio and digital print newsroom. Interns will work alongside CT Public's experienced reporters and editors who aim to provide readers and listeners with fair, unbiased, accurate, complete, and honest reporting. I will also learn how to write for broadcast, record, edit, mix audio, and accompany CT Public Radio reporters on field assignments."


Congratulations to SHSJC Graduate Iyana Woodard for her post-graduation plans

Iyana Woodard

From Atlanta, Georgia and graduating from SHSJC with a degree in Strategic Communications, Iyana will continue her work with Jackson Spalding as their full-time Public Relations Intern. Jackson Spalding is a PR and Marketing agency located in Atlanta, Georgia.


Congratulations to SHSJC Student Nicole Pechacek for her upcoming internship

Gabrielle Chenault

The UMD Howard Center has assigned 10 student reporters from HBCUs to work on a project led by Washington Post reporter and journalism professor DeNeen Brown examining the historic role of newspapers in aiding and abetting lynchings and racial terror. Students will report and write 800 to 1,000 word stories that incited mob terror. They will track descendants of those killed and descendants of those in the mobs. They will also track the lineage of the newspaper from the date when the story was published to today and interview the leaders of today’s successor newspapers.


Congratulations to SHSJC Senior Gabrielle Chenault for being accepted into Facebook's HBCU News Fellowship Program with the Los Angeles Times

Gabrielle Chenault

The graduating senior journalism major from Queens, New York, has been accepted into the Facebook HBCU News fellowship program with the Los Angeles Times. She will be a part of the Reader Revenue Track. She will help to create new programs to engage younger readers with the news and also help strengthen their social media pages. She also will relocate to California in June to begin her master's program at the University of Southern California.


Congratulations to SHSJC Senior Samya Epps for her new position with Apple

Samya Epps

Congratulations to Samya who was recently hired as a Public Relations Specialist at Apple in California. She'll be working on media coverage and communications for Apple products and services including iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and Apple TV+.


Congratulations to recently-accepted Facebook HBCU News 2021 Fellow SHSJC Junior Raven Harper

Raven Harper

My name is Raven Harper, I am a third-year Journalism major, Marketing minor from Houston, Texas. I was recently accepted as a Facebook HBCU News 2021 Fellow.

The Facebook HBCU Summer News Fellowship Program is a program sponsored by Facebook, Inc. and administered by Jade Media, which offers fellowships to select college students to work in newsrooms across the country. As a fellow, I will be interning at The Texas Tribune this summer as an engagement fellow where I will be working on storytelling and programming with social media.

The Texas Tribune is a non-partisan, nonprofit media organization in Texas. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, it aims to promote civic engagement through original, explanatory journalism and public events. The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. (iG @texas_tribune )


Congratulations to SHSJC Senior Kayla Tinsley

Kayla Tinsley

Congratulations to Kayla for accepting a full-time News Reporter position with WBOC-TV News in Salisbury, Maryland.


Marietta Farmers’ Market: Not Just for Farmers
By SHSJC Student Mikayla Roberts

MARIETTA, Ga –What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘farmer’s market’? Surely not graffiti style canvases, a book truck, or homemade scrap metal lamps. Marietta’s Farmers’ Market offers their community more than just fresh beets, goat cheese, and honey. It hosts more than 60 vendors. About 25 are craftsmen and women.

On the horizon of the hill leading to Church Street, there are families who have finished shopping walking their dogs back across the train tracks to return to the center of the square downhill. They leave behind crowds of families gathered in a Starbucks back parking lot that’s filled with more than 30 tents and tables of farmers and restaurateurs.

Each family is lined up, six feet apart, sampling cheeses while they wait to pick out floral arrangements and Georgia-grown produce.

“My first time going was during the pandemic. There were so many options, and they were all fresh. It was a chance to get out of the house and feel a sense of community again,” said Gabrielle Smith, who is familiar with the Saturday morning sight. Read the full story here.


Faith Groups Help Vaccinate Petersburg
By SHSJC Student Deja Hobbs

PETERSBURG,Va-- The black church has long been a safe space for the African American community to turn to in times of despair, uncertainty, and unrest.

So, when Petersburg, Virginia, a small and largely African American city, was hit hard by Covid-19, it is no surprise that faith leaders played an oversized role in trying to prevent the spread of the disease, helping those afflicted and encouraging vaccinations when they became available.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Metropolitan Baptist Church, located on the corner of Halifax Street in the heart of Petersburg, was forced to close its doors. The church began producing online services to air via Youtube Live.

Pastor Lamont Hobbs urged those watching every Sunday to stay safe and healthy while providing comfort and hope.

“Even broken crayons can still color,” said Hobbs in his New Year’s Eve sermon, a message of hope and faith despite the tragedies of 2020.

Hobbs has continued to push for health and safety during the pandemic. Read the full story here.


Virginia pediatric trials of COVID vaccine to begin
By SHSJC Student Amarah Ennis

CHESTERFIELD, Va — A year after administering the first adult COVID vaccination, Moderna and other companies are looking for children to test the vaccine in Virginia and across the country.

Moderna announced earlier this month that it would begin pediatric trials across the United States and Canada on April 1. The company hopes to vaccinate over 6,750 children, aged six months to 12 years, according to the study’s online sign-up page.

Arryn Ennis, 9, plans to volunteer. She’s undaunted by the risks of a vaccine trial.

“It’s basically like the flu shot,” Ennis said, “and I haven’t heard of anyone who took it and died.”

The first part of the pediatric trial, called the KidCOVE study, will test how large a dose children need for maximum efficacy. The second phase will split children into those who receive the vaccine and a control group. Trial participants will be compensated. Read the full story here.


Congratulations to Deja Hobbs for Peloton Interactive, Inc. Internship

Deja Hobbs

Deja Hobbs is a sophomore Journalism major with a minor in Spanish and Marketing from Chester, Va. She has recently accepted an internship for the 2021 Summer with Peloton Interactive, Inc. At Peloton, she will work on the company's Global Communications Department as a Public Relations Intern. She will work alongside other Peloton employees and interns to ensure effective communications externally, especially as the company continues to expand into market's outside of the United States.

Deja entered the Scripps Howard school in fall of 2019 with aspirations of becoming a news anchor. After a year at the school, she discovered there were so much more opportunities in the field of Journalism and Communications. She continues to learn and discover passions in different areas of the field. Though she no longer aspires to be in front of the camera, she has interests in the production and post production processes, as well as PR. She is excited for her upcoming internship with Peloton and looks forward to obtaining other professional opportunities!


Congratulations to Sherdell Baker for her Tufts University Digital Content Producer Internship

Sherdell Baker

In Sherdell's words: "This Summer, I will be a Digital Content Producer for Tufts University for the duration of 3 months. I will be able to enhance both my interviewing and editing skills through this experience while learning more about the differences in communication between personal usage and a brand or university.

My responsibilities through the internship will include producing and curating content and help with content strategy for the most significant and high-profile university-level platforms. Additionally, I will conduct research related to team and individual projects & a series of one-on-one informational interviews with senior marketing, public relations, and editorial professionals to develop my own network and increase my knowledge of the industry."


Join us on April 24th for The Career BLUEPrint Virtual Forum

The Career BLUEPrint

A virtual forum where professionals and recent HBCU graduates share their paths to success and includes the following intercollegiate participants: Clark Atlanta University, Central Michigan University, Morgan State University, Georgia State University, Norfolk State University and Northwestern State (LA) University.

Download full schedule here and save zoom link to your calendar here.


Listen in to Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea with Laurie Bee

Laurie Bee

Laurie Bee’s newest friend, Kristen Ayanah, had her work STOLEN! Tune in to gain all the #HotTea about the newest viral topic in the media industry.


Congratulations to Indya Spinks, Caprece Miller and Ross Watkins for their JAC 452 Midterm Presentation

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You can check out Indya Spinks, Caprece Miller and Ross Watkins' international country report on Egypt for Professor Julia Wilson's JAC 452 midterm project here.


Congratulations Kimberlee-Mykel Thompson

Lauryn Moss

Congratulations to Kimberlee-Mykel Thompson for being elected as the 76th Student Government Association President of Hampton University.


Congratulations to Kappa Tau Alpha members Lauryn Moss, Calyx Stover, Kennedi Jackson and Kimberlee-Mykel Thompson for being honored in this weekend's awards ceremony

Kappa Tau Alpha

Lauryn Moss was honored for having the highest GPA in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications.

Calyx Stover, a Scrippa, was honored for outstanding scholarship by the Freddye T Davy Honor College.

Kimberlee-Mykel Thompson and Kennedi Jackson were awarded for outstanding performance in their major. Thompson for Strategic Communications and Jackson for Journalism.

Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communications.

Membership is earned by excellence in academic work and is a mark of the highest distinction and honor. Professor Lynn Waltz serves as faculty advisor.


Congratulations to Kennedy Buck for her acceptance as a 2021 Summer Intern with Morning Joe

Kennedy Buck

As an upcoming Senior Journalism major, I am proud to join the NBC Universal Program as a 2021 Summer intern with the Emmy nominated Morning Joe talk show anchored by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. This opportunity is a steppingstone to enter the amazing world of Journalism. I am so excited to not only gain firsthand experiences needed in this profession, but to do it alongside these amazing television personalities is a dream come true.

The Morning Joe Show “features in-depth and informed discussions that help drive today’s political conversation,” (NBC.COM).

I am thankful for Scripps Howard School of Journalism and my Professors for giving me the tools and skills to stand out as a candidate while applying to this competitive program.


VCIJ Brings Hope to Investigative Journalism
By SHSJC Student Lauryn Moss

HAMPTON, Va. – An award-winning investigative journalist has created a statewide non-profit to help newsrooms develop in-depth stories.

During a panel discussion at Hampton University in February, Christopher Tyree, the co-founder of the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism (VCIJ), pointed out the limited resources for investigative journalists in the current market.

“It’s the journalism that takes just a little bit longer to do just by the nature of it,” Tyree said. Read the full story here.


History made for HBCU alums and AKA sisters
By SHSJC Student Aliyu Saadu

After a historic Inauguration on Wednesday, Coretta Saadu, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, said seeing fellow sorority member Kamala Harris sworn in was one of the most exciting moments of her life.

“It was a history making event,” she said. “I was proud to see the first HBCU graduate become vice president. Seeing Kamala get elected shows the importance of HBCUs and it also shows that they’re not outdated as some have said.” Read the full story here.


The future is bright: Inauguration brings hope to mothers of HBCU students
By SHSJC Student Lauryn Moss

A Virginia mom cried tears of joy as she watched Kamala Harris being sworn in Wednesday, and saw a future for her family.

As a white woman in the south, Dana Moss, married to a black man with two bi-racial children, had become increasingly worried for her family during the Trump era.

Now, for the first time in four years, she felt hope. Read the full story here.


Fear, tension permeates inauguration
By SHSJC Student Amarah Ennis

CHESTERFIELD, Va. — The Biden-Harris inauguration struck worry into the hearts of millions of families across America that had witnessed the Capitol insurrection just two weeks earlier.

“Well, no one’s been sniped yet,” said nine-year-old Arryn Ennis, as she and her family watched Joe Biden come to the podium to become sworn-in.

Earlier in the day, a squadron of police drove Joe Biden and Kamala Harris past some of the 25,000 National Guard members in D.C. Behind them loomed the 12-foot fence that surrounds the Capitol. Read the full story here.


How A VCU Alumni is Fighting Food Insecurity in Richmond
By SHSJC Student Deja Hobbs

A 23-year-old woman has added something new to Richmond, a city of rich history and culture: a community refrigerator.

The refrigerator is hard to miss in Union Hill on the corner of Venable and North 21st Street. Drivers slow to a stop and turn their heads to look at the eye-catching brightly painted refrigerator.

The large refrigerator, with “Free Food” written in large letters, is hard to miss.

Food Insecurity

The inside is just as colorful as the outside. It is stocked with fruits, eggs, milk, and more.

The concept is simple. A list of acceptable items to donate hangs on the outside of the refrigerator. Anyone who desires is able to stock the fridge with these items. On the other hand, anyone in need can simply open its doors, and take whatever they need.

“It’s been stocking itself. Without people donating it wouldn’t be sustainable,” said Taylor Scott who founded RVA Community Refrigerators in October of 2020. Read the full story here.


The Inauguration of Inclusion
By SHSJC Student Mikayla Roberts

The delivery of the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language at the Inauguration garnered nearly 2 million views on Facebook and Tik Tok.

For Pamela Iglus, it was the most emotional part of the day. The woman signing was her cousin, Georgia Fire Captain Andrea M. Hall. This was the first time an inauguration had an ASL interpreter featured during the ceremony. The hearing impaired usually see interpreters provided by news outlets on the side of the screen or use closed captioning.

When Hall began performing, Iglus burst into tears and began screaming. Read the full story here.


Kamala Harris and Amanda Gorman are Giving Older African American Generations Hope For the Future
By SHSJC Student Imani Moore

For 71-year-old Doreen Hunter of Philadelphia, Wednesday’s inauguration and ceremony featuring Vice President Kamala Harris, poet Amanda Gorman, and former President Obama represented the best of what Black excellence has to offer.

“I was proud seeing the first African American woman be sworn in as vice president as the first African American president watched,” said Hunter, doing a little dance in her seat as Kamala Harris was sworn in.

After experiencing racism, discrimination, and segregation in her youth, seeing African Americans serve as president and vice president did not seem possible in her lifetime.

“Black people have always been envied,” Hunter said. “It’s sad, but true. That’s why it makes me proud to experience these things: seeing Kamala get sworn in and a young African American woman give the Inaugural poem. I am overjoyed. We are the future.” Read the full story here.


COMMENTARY: Ain’t It the Truth?
By SHSJC Student Bria Dickerson

America is at an impasse in crossing the bridge of truth and trust between government, the media and “the people.” As unprecedented political unrest threatens to hijack any semblance of trust and truth in our country, that bridge is not far from collapse.

Recently, Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr., the Scripps Howard Foundation’s director of journalism strategies, chimed in on the perplexing topic in his National Newspaper Literacy Week comments explaining the news media’s role in preserving democracy and increasing news literacy of news consumers.

“Given the times that we are in, journalism and an appreciation for the facts has taken on even greater significance. Media literacy is a skill that everyone should have, regardless of their politics, to enable them to discern truth from fiction and to promote healthy and educated discourse around policies and events,” Batts said.

What we have lost as a nation over these past four years—and even before that to be totally truthful—is a discernment of truth. The last presidential administration’s 2020 election campaign was debatably stacked with lies, half-truths and false promises—even by some conservative media standards—that motivated and culminated in an insurrection against the United States of America at the Capitol. Read the full story here.


News literacy for the people
By SHSJC Students Cameron Williams and Miah Cox

2020 was a year of the good, the bad and the ugly when it came to journalism, according to Hampton University educators and professionals.

That makes 2021 the perfect time for Hampton University to take part in the National News Literacy week from Jan. 25 through Jan. 29. The program teaches students to sort out reliable news from “fake news” and to tell what news is important for their lives.

“This public service campaign is crucial right now, especially after witnessing the divisive untruths masked as news,” said B. DàVida Plummer, Dean of Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication and Hampton University’s Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Media. Read the full story here.

Scripps Howard Advisory Board Co-Chair and 2002 Graduate Rashida Jones Named President of MSNBC

Rashida Jones

MSNBC announced that Scripps Howard Advisory Board Co-chair and 2002 Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications graduate Rashida Jones will become president of MSNBC starting February 1st, and the current president, Phil Griffin, will step down after 25 years at the cable news channel.

Jones' promotion is the first major executive appointment from NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde and comes after he announced a goal earlier this year for the staff of NBC news to be made up of 50 percent women and 50 percent people of color.

ESPN West Palm anchor Theo Dorsey to visit Sports Journalism class Jan. 26

Theo Dorsey

Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications graduate Theo Dorsey, an ESPN West Palm anchor and multimedia journalist, will visit the school's JAC 408 Sports Journalism class Jan. 26.

Dorsey, a 2015 graduate, works for ESPN West Palm, WPTV and Fox29 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Houston native started his career in South Georgia at WALB-TV, where he served as sports director. His second stop took him to Greensboro, North Carolina, at FOX8 as a news reporter and fill-in sports anchor.

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Hampton University SHSJC Launches New Course: JAC 453 Gaming and Virtual Reality Production

Augmented Reality

JAC 453 Gaming and Virtual Reality Production is a new course being taught in the new Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab in the Scripps Howard School Building in Room 148.

“Within the past four days, some of the media industry’s top companies have tapped on our doors looking for creative talent,” Scripps Howard School Dean B. DàVida Plummer said. “While students are in remote learning, I want to amplify the call for them to take advantage of the skills we are teaching that can lead to exciting careers.” Read the full story here.

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The Little League World Series star, Mo'ne Davis, begins her journey as an entering Hampton University freshman majoring in Journalism at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication. Click the above image to view this video courtesy of ESPN.

SHSJC NEWS RELEASES

Hampton University Announces Julia Wilson New Interim Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Julia Wilson

HAMPTON, VA. (Sept. 1, 2021) — Hampton University, one of the nation’s leading Historically Black College & Universities, is pleased to announce the promotion of Wilson Global Communications founder and CEO Julia Wilson to Interim Dean of the university’s award-winning Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. Wilson brings more than two decades of experience as an international public relations consultant and global marketing-communications pioneer. Her appointment begins immediately.

“We are very excited to announce the appointment of Julia Wilson as Interim Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. She has stepped into the new role with great energy and the drive to uphold THE Standard of Excellence by promoting learning, exercising the highest degree of journalistic integrity, the building of character, and preparing the next generation of media professionals. Her extensive knowledge will be invaluable to our students at Hampton University,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.

Wilson joined the Scripps Howard faculty in the spring semester of 2021 and will continue teaching International Journalism and Communications in her new capacity.

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SHSJC graduate Gabrielle Chenault writes op-ed for the Los Angeles Times

Gabrielle Chenault

HAMPTON, Va. (August 23, 2021) -- Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications 2021 journalism graduate Gabrielle Chenault wrote an op-ed that was published in the Los Angeles Times.

The opinion piece was entitled "After starving Black college of funding for decades, government should pay up."

Chenault, in graduate school for specialized journalism at the University of Southern California, worked this summer as an HBCU Fellow in the audience engagement department of the newspaper, helping to create social plans for specific articles. Once a week, she was in charge of the L.A. Times' Twitter and Facebook pages. She also helped to create a subscriber initiative that helps readers give the news organization feedback and pitch stories they want to read.

Chenault was thankful to Dean B. DàVida Plummer and SHSJC for helping her to grow and encouraging her to "dream big."

"If it was not for the amazing professors such as [Scripps] Professor [Lynn] Waltz, I truly wouldn't have achieved this opportunity," Chenault said.

You can read her op-ed story here.

AD Maier on track with two breaking news stories

Maier

HAMPTON, Va. (August 23, 2021) -- Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs Butch Maier wrote two breaking news stories about track and field for two news agencies.

The Tampa Bay Times published Maier's exclusive about former Olympic sprinter John Capel's contention that "90 to 95 percent" of top track athletes use illegal performance enhancers.

https://www.tampabay.com/sports/high-schools/2021/07/16/ex-olympian-john-capel-a-lot-of-track-and-field-is-dirty/

AD Maier also landed an exclusive interview for BKTrackstars.com with Namibian track coach Henk Botha, who called for a testosterone rule change after two of his runners -- Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi -- were disqualified from an Olympic event.

Read interview on BKTrackstars.com here.

Two Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Students Named ESPN The Undefeated Rhoden Fellows

Cage

HAMPTON, Va. (June 23, 2021) – Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication seniors Keion Cage and Kianah Robinson-Chery have been named Rhoden Fellows. Cage and Robinson-Chery will participate in the fifth class of the Rhoden Fellowship – a one-year sports journalism internship program with ESPN’s The Undefeated that identifies and trains aspiring African American journalists. This Rhoden Fellowship began Monday, June 7, and lasts through the conclusion of the 2021-2022 academic year. Cage and Robinson-Chery are the sixth and seventh members of the Rhoden Fellowship from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Click here to read the full story.

Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Graduates Selected for ESPN NEXT, Leadership Development Program

ESPN NEXT

HAMPTON, Va. (July 20, 2021) — Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications 2020 graduates Roderick McLean and LeVord (Lee) Burns II have been named members of the 2021 ESPN NEXT production cohort. ESPN NEXT is the 18-month leadership development program for young professionals at the worldwide leader in sports. The program is designed to develop production assistants into ESPN's next generation of leaders.

Click here to read the full story.

It's time for boots on the ground!

CSIS

Join Professor Julia Wilson and get a jumpstart on your careers in journalism and strategic communications by becoming one of 10 select students from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications to participate in an exclusive multimedia “bootcamp” hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (See more: https://journalism.csis.org/).

The FREE VIRTUAL weeklong program will start on August 20 and end on August 27, 2021, and is designed to give you a “deep dive” into understanding global issues and the nuances of international reporting and strategic communications. This special program connects rising journalism and strategic communications professionals with multimedia producers and policy experts to help you learn how to tell pressing stories from around the globe. It is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Upon completion of the program (there are no grades), you will receive a financial award.

If you’re interested in becoming one of the 10 students in the CSIS bootcamp, please complete the online application ASAP – by July 15 – to be in front of the line!

Apply here: https://forms.gle/WuhzGnjWugLRPPg16

Download flyer here.

Looking for a Fall Internship?

Did you know...

... ALL SCRIPPS STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED to complete an approved internship before graduation?

... FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about internships are at http://shsjc.hamptonu.edu/admissions/internship_faq.cfm?

... YOU CAN EARN 3 CREDITS if you take the JAC internship class?

... THE INTERNSHIP CLASS IS JAC 465-01 Internships in Journalism and Communications (CRN 22600)?

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Assistant Dean Maier at edward.maier@hamptonu.edu this summer or Assistant Dean Porto at marisa.porto@hamptonu.edu in the fall.

ICFJ, Hampton University Team Up to Offer Students Opportunities in the Field of International Journalism

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As part of our new partnership with the International Center for Journalists, our students will spend a summer working as interns with the multilingual site IJNet, producing multimedia stories & learning the latest tools + strategies for audience engagement. Learn more here.

Understand how the pandemic changed the job market with Zippia

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When the world came to a screeching halt in early 2020 we knew that the job market would go through significant changes. From the advent of Zoom interviews to the adoption of fully remote workplaces, finding a job looks significantly different now than it did ten months ago.

After months of work, we now have aggregated over 3,741 expert opinions across 23 industries and 616 job titles. Check out the opinions here and Dean Plummer's response here.

Dean Plummer's Personal Apology

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To the Scripps graduating classes of 2020 and 2021,

There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am for the errors in our school’s degree-naming ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 graduates of our programs.

Nothing can bring your big day back, and what I believe you need to hear from your dean is that I care and you deserved better.

The slides for the 2021 ceremony were pulled and corrected. The slides for 2020 have also been corrected. It has been tough to correct all of the slides and preserve the audio calling of the names. That said, the slideshow does pay tribute to your accomplishments and your success.

Your journey is just beginning, and we will be here to support you along the way.

Our entire school of administrators, faculty and staff are looking for ways to celebrate you.

Dean Plummer

April 21, 2021 Message from the PRSA Chair and Chair-elect

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Yesterday’s verdict in Minneapolis was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, the impact of which will be felt across this country – and indeed the world – for a long time. This was an overdue first step toward racial justice, but the road is long and we must continue to be agents of change.

For the past year so many of you have raised your voices and become advocates in your communities, at the organizations where you work, and with those whom you advise. We appreciate your steadfastness in representing our profession through the expert guidance and counsel you provide, day in and day out, and for finding the right words to say when words didn’t seem like they would ever be enough.

The work of building a just and equitable future falls on everyone and meaningful reforms won’t happen overnight. As strategists and communicators, we are uniquely skilled to help shape that future and make positive change possible. And we’ll do it together.

SHSJC professor, student and HU administrator named finalists in Diversity Awards

“Industry change makers” that’s the quoted description for two top performers in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication (SHSJC) and a high profile public relations professional who serves as an administrator at Hampton University. The three Pirates were among those honored earlier this month in the inaugural Diversity Awards presented by PRNews.

The honorees include Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications student Kennedy Peace, SHSJC Dr. James Ford and Associate Vice President for Development Felicia Blow.

Check out the story here.

Emmy Award-winning ESPN anchor Jay Harris visits SHSJC Sports Journalism class March 11

Jay Harris

HAMPTON, Va. (March 9, 2021) - Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Thursday, March 11, welcomes two-time Emmy Award-winning ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor Jay Harris.

Harris, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, who has been with ESPN since 2003, will visit with JAC 408 Sports Journalism students at 3:30 p.m. Scripps Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs Butch Maier, who teaches the course, invites any SHSJC broadcast students outside the class who want to join the conversation to do so via Google Meet at meet.google.com/yha-rjrr-mrv.

Harris graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in speech communication. In 2003, he was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university. A year later, he was the keynote speaker for ODU's 100th commencement ceremony.

Harris joined ESPN after working as a news anchor and reporter for WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh.

Hampton University Journalism Student Jamaija Rhoades Wins Pulitzer Center Fellowship

HAMPTON, Va. (Mar. 1, 2021) – Hampton University student Jamaija Rhoades has won a Pulitzer Center Fellowship and will partner with journalism experts to examine racism in the Richmond, Va., school system. Pulitzer Center staff and editors will advise her throughout the process and act as her mentors. Her final project will be featured on the center’s website as well as on the website for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Check out the story here.

Hampton University Unveils New Mobile Vaccination Clinic, Which Will Deliver Critical COVID-19 Vaccines to Underrepresented Communities

HU Vaccine Van

HAMPTON, Va. (Mar. 1, 2021) — On Thursday, February 25, Hampton University unveiled its new, state-of-the-art, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Station at the historic Emancipation Oak, on its campus. The upgraded RV is equipped with pharmacy-grade freezers capable of sustaining the COVID-19 vaccine, while the vehicle distributes the doses to underserved areas around Hampton Roads. The station will travel to areas where the virus is disproportionally affecting people of color. Hampton University has been serving the local community since its inception and this new mobile testing and vaccination station will continue that legacy.

Check out the story here.

PRSay: "Advice for PR Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities"

For students, attending a historically Black college or university “gives you an opportunity to embrace and enhance your Blackness, a place to celebrate who you are as an African American,” said Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree, a professor and interim associate dean of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Tyree was one of four panelists on PRSA’s Feb. 23 Diverse Dialogues webinar, “What You Need to Know About HBCUs: A Reservoir of Public Relations Talent and Desire.”

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SHSJC student Keion Cage writes about "The Hampton Effect" for SLAM magazine

HAMPTON, Va. (Feb. 19, 2021) - Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications junior Keion Cage, a Strategic Communication major, wrote a reflective story for SLAM magazine called "The Hampton Effect."

In his HBCU capsule piece, Cage looked back on the 2001-2002 HU men's college basketball season, Rick Mahorn of the "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons and the university's band, The Force.

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ESPN's Maria Taylor visits SHSJC Sports Journalism class Feb. 16

Maria Taylor

HAMPTON, Va. (Feb. 15, 2021) - Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Tuesday, Feb. 16, welcomes Maria Taylor, co-host of ESPN's "College GameDay," "NBA Countdown" and "Get Up!"

Taylor, who also is a sideline reporter for ABC's "Saturday Night Football," will visit with JAC 408 Sports Journalism students at 3:30 p.m. Scripps Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs Butch Maier, who teaches the course, invites any broadcast students outside the class who want to join the conversation to do so via Google Meet at meet.google.com/yha-rjrr-mrv.

Taylor, who co-founded The Winning Edge Leadership Academy to help students who are interested in the sports industry, will talk to HU students about her TV journey over the past dozen years since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a degree in broadcast news.

For more information about Taylor, go to http://www.mariataylortv.com

Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Partners with RF Binder to Promote Diversity in Marketing and Communications Fields

HAMPTON, Va. (January 28, 2021) – The Hampton University School of Journalism and Communications is excited to announce a new partnership with RF|Binder, a woman-owned and -operated communications and consulting firm, to help bring more diversity to the marketing and communications fields.

As part of the partnership, RF|Binder will provide educational and career opportunities for Hampton University students through its prestigious Associate Program, that offers recent graduates the chance to join the New York-headquartered agency full-time after graduation.

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Hampton University SHSJC Launches New Course: JAC 453 Gaming and Virtual Reality Production

HAMPTON, Va. (January 21, 2021) – Hampton University students have 24 hours to enroll in one of the most exciting courses being offered at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC).

JAC 453 Gaming and Virtual Reality Production is a new course being taught in the new Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab in the Scripps Howard School Building in Room 148.

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NBCUniversal News Group Launches NBCU Academy, Offering On-Campus Training and Education to Universities and Community Colleges Across the Country

NBCU Academy

NEW YORK (January 14, 2021) – NBCUniversal News Group launched NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students through education, on-campus training and online programming. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists, funding for accredited journalism programs and scholarships.

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Hampton University’s Journalism School Welcomes Global PR-Communications Expert Julia Wilson as Adjunct Professor

HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 13, 2021) – Hampton University, one of the nation’s leading historically Black universities, welcomes Julia Wilson as an adjunct professor to its award-winning Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. Wilson brings more than two decades of experience as an international public relations consultant and global marketing-communications pioneer.

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Award-winning journalist April Woodard was named 2020 professor of the year at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Award-winning journalist April Woodard was named 2020 professor of the year at Scripps Howard School. She was honored this week at Hampton University’s Faculty Institute, which occurs each semester before the students return to class.

Woodard, an Emmy-nominated television personality and media coach, was given the honor because of her work with students during the Coronavirus pandemic, which included her virtual learning efforts.

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Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Keisha Reynolds accepted into For(bes) The Culture

For(bes) The Culture was formed in Boston at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in October 2017. The mission of For(bes) The Culture is to create equitable pathways for Black and Brown professionals. We’re a hub for elite leaders of color who are breaking down barriers and impacting culture globally to connect, collaborate and change.

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Scripps Howard Advisory Board Co-Chair and 2002 Graduate Rashida Jones Named President of MSNBC

MSNBC announced today that Scripps Howard Advisory Board Co-chair and 2002 Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications graduate Rashida Jones will become president of MSNBC starting February 1st, and the current president, Phil Griffin, will step down after 25 years at the cable news channel.

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Scrippas on the rise: Ciara White-Sparks

Ciara White-Sparks has won the title of USA National Miss District of Columbia. She will represent at the 2021 National Pageant in Disney World on July 4th-10th to compete for a prize package that is valued at $100,000 in prizes and scholarships.

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Scrippas on the rise: Kiana Goshorn

When Kiana Goshorn produced a video assignment for Professor Tommy Heffron’s JAC 265 class, she had no idea it would be selected as a finalist for the National Student Production Award. "WOW," she said when alerted of the news.

Goshorn’s short non-fiction film More than My Hair was her final project for the class.

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Scrippas on the rise: Naomi Ludlow

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept 30, 2020) - Naomi Ludlow, a 2020 Journalism graduate of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications from Chicago, Illinois is a Fall intern for the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) affiliate International Journalists' Network (IJNet).

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Hampton University Awarded $17.7 Million Grant to Establish the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

HAMPTON, Va. (September 25, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Hampton University on Friday, September 25 to tour the campus, meet with President William R. Harvey, Mayor Donnie Tuck, and other area leaders, and to announce the winners of The Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program.

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The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Launching New Augmented Reality Lab

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has partnered with EON Reality to bring students an exciting addition for this fall: a new Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab.

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Scrippas on the rise: Whitney Bronson

HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 31, 2020) - Whitney Bronson, a 2020 Journalism graduate of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications from Cincinnati, Ohio, is employed through the Black Future Creator Program with Beats by Dre.

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Scrippas on the rise: Derrick Collins II

HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 3, 2020) - Derrick Collins II, a 2020 Journalism graduate of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is employed through the Chicago Urban League and is stationed at NR Media Agency LLC, a media and marketing agency in the city.

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Scrippas on the rise: Chebet Buckner

HAMPTON, Va. (July 13, 2020) - Chebet Buckner, a 2020 Strategic Communication graduate of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is a Product Manager I for Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington.

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Scrippas on the rise: Samya Epps

HAMPTON, Va. (July 7, 2020) - Samya Epps, a rising senior Strategic Communication major in Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is a public relations intern for Apple in Cupertino, California, working remotely from West Hartford, Connecticut.

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Scrippas on the rise: Lea Luellen

HAMPTON, Va. (July 6, 2020) - Lea Luellen, a 2020 Journalism graduate of the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, lives in Vallejo, California. Luellen is a graduate student at The American University of Paris, enrolled in the Global Communications program on a Fashion track.

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Scrippas on the rise: Kayla Key

HAMPTON, Va. (July 6, 2020) - Nysah Warren, a 2018 Strategic Communication graduate of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is a Taylor Strategy account executive in New York, New York.

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Scrippas on the rise: Nysah Warren

HAMPTON, Va. (July 6, 2020) - Nysah Warren, a 2018 Strategic Communication graduate of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is a Taylor Strategy account executive in New York, New York.

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Scrippas on the rise: Madison Williams

HAMPTON, Va. (July 2, 2020) - Madison Williams, a rising sophomore Strategic Communication major in Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications from Dallas, Texas, is working remotely as a copy editor/staff writer for Virginia Peninsula Media.

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Scrippas on the rise: Lauryn Bass

HAMPTON, Va. (July 2, 2020) - Lauryn Bass, a rising junior Journalism major in Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is a Favor Productions multimedia intern, podcast host of "Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea with Laurie Bee" on all platforms, a content creator for 247 Live Culture Digital Magazine and a Curve Model with Ursula Wiedmann Models in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Scrippas on the rise: Selena Roberts

HAMPTON, Va. (July 2, 2020) - Selena Roberts, a rising senior Strategic Communication major in Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is working as a PR/marketing intern at The Borgen Project in Spring Valley, New York. She emailed the following about her progression.

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HU Scripps graduate Randall Williams lands sports business reporter job with new Penske platform Sportico

HAMPTON, Va. (June 18, 2020) – Randall Williams is using his knowledge and experience in two major reporting areas – business and sports – to jump into a new Penske vehicle and race into the workforce. A month after graduating from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Williams has been hired as a junior sports business reporter for Sportico, a sports business digital content platform launched by Penske Media Corp.

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HU’s Business Journalism course a hidden gem: 3 from Scripps polish skills, shine at Bloomberg

HAMPTON, Va. (June 16, 2020) – Hampton University junior Aviel Brown reluctantly enrolled in a new Business Journalism course with a handful of other students meeting with a first-time professor in the fall semester of 2017. Three years later, Brown is an associate producer at Bloomberg Television in New York City.

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Hampton University Scripps journalism graduate Timia Whitsey creates content for MTV and VH1

HAMPTON, Va. (June 15, 2020) - Timia Whitsey, a 2019 graduate of the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, has landed a creative development internship with ViacomCBS, where her department is responsible for creating new content for MTV and VH1.

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Hampton University Softball Player Mo'ne Davis to Appear Live Today at 12 PM EST on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Instagram Page

HAMPTON, Va. (May 11, 2020)– Hampton University softball player Mo’ne Davis will appear Live today at 12 PM EST on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Instagram page. She will be interviewed as part of the Inquirer’s Live at Lunch program. Watch it on their Instagram page @phillyinquirer or click this link: https://www.instagram.com/phillyinquirer/.

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Scripps Hall of Famer Rashida Jones revitalizing MSNBC, SHSJC

HAMPTON, Va. (May 1, 2020) – Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Famer and NBC News executive Rashida Jones has been placed in charge of MSNBC’s daytime schedule, Variety reported. She also is putting a charge into her alma mater as co-chair of the SHSJC Advisory Board.

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Hampton University Journalism Student Sara Avery Wins Pulitzer Center Fellowship; Will Travel to Haiti to Report on 3D Printed Homes

HAMPTON, Va. (April 9, 2020) – Hampton University student Sara Avery has won a Pulitzer Center Fellowship. As a Fellow, Avery will undertake an international reporting project that she proposed, which involves traveling to Haiti to talk to locals about their 3D printed homes. Pulitzer Center staff and journalists will advise her throughout the process and act as mentors. Her final project will be featured on the Center website, with publication in other news media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Atlantic.

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HU Scripps students report on money matters in their hometowns during pandemic

HAMPTON, Va. (March 23, 2020) - Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students have shifted to remote learning while campus classrooms are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

That has not stopped Arykah Edwards, Carson Hedgepeth, Kayla Holmes and Aniyah Oberlton, students in Professor Butch Maier’s JAC 451 Business Journalism class, from taking care of business. The four reported last night on the financial state of their four home states.

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Two SHSJC students chosen for Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program

Hampton, Va. (March 16, 2020) – Two Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students have been selected for the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program, an intensive, five-day workshop.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School Assistant Dean Maier’s movie lands distribution deal

Virginia Beach, Va. (Feb. 4, 2020) – “Mother of a Day,” Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs Butch Maier's comedy movie about an African American family, is being distributed digitally by Maverick Entertainment, starting today, Sumbadhat Productions announced.

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Disney, ABC and ESPN recruiters engage with HU’s Scripps Howard School students

HAMPTON, Va. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Recruiters from the Disney family of networks will gather in the Scripps Auditorium to engage with Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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Bloomberg recruiter visits Scripps on Jan. 22, 2020

HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 21, 2020) – Bloomberg LP head recruiter Tom Contiliano will visit the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hosts Premiere of Major Motion Picture 'Harriet'

HAMPTON, Va. (Nov. 5, 2019) — The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Virginia Air and Space Museum Center presented a sold-out advanced screening and panel discussion of the new film “HARRIET” on October 30.

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Hampton University to Host A Dialogue with New York Times Investigative Reporter and Creator of the '1619 Project' - Nikole Hannah-Jones

HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 22, 2019) — The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications welcomes New York Times investigative reporter and creator of the landmark ‘1619 Project’ - Nikole Hannah-Jones to campus to discuss the major initiative which observes the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery, November 6, at 7 p.m. in the Scripps Howard Auditorium.

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The Joseph K. Bose Endowed Scholarship

HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 22, 2019) — Halloween is a time for reflection at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, this year marks the fourth anniversary of Joseph K. Bose’s passing and the creation of the Joseph K. Bose Endowed Scholarship in his memory.

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Hampton University Welcomes Former Publisher/Editor Marisa Porto as Executive in Residence

HAMPTON, Va. (October 17, 2019) — Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and the entire HU community welcomed Marisa Porto to our ‘Home by the Sea’ as an Executive in Residence on September 16. Porto brings over 21 years of high level executive experience in both the news industry and the business sector to this key faculty post.

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Journalism Student Appears on NBC Today Show for International Day of the Girl

Taryn-Marie Jenkins, a Scripps journalism major (class of 2023), made a national television appearance on NBC television on Oct. 11.

The Today Show celebrated the International Day of the Girl during their 8 a.m. hour, including filling their plaza audience with girls. As part of the show, Dylan Dreyer (a Girl Scout alumni) did a live segment with the National Gold Award Girl Scouts.

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Superstar Mo’ne Davis ‘Just One of the Girls’ on Hampton’s Softball Team

Mo’ne Davis is perhaps the most unique college athlete ever. But at the same time the freshman middle infielder on the Hampton University women’s softball team is no different than any other college student, and that’s how she wants to be treated.

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Looking in Hindsight and Beyond with Hampton Creative Deanna Blu by Brandi Hutchinson

Hampton University is an inclusive institution that embodies art and its various forms. Every year, more creatives are enrolled from all over to continue their journey of making art. Deanna Blu is one of those multitalented creatives.

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Hampton University Scripps Dean B. DaVida Plummer Deliberates Democracy in Dayton

HAMPTON, Va. (August 7, 2019) Where should someone go to learn about issues involving democracy in 38 countries?Dayton, Ohio, of course. Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Dean and Assistant Vice President for Marketing/Media B. DàVida Plummer was invited to attend the Kettering Foundation’s Deliberative Democracy Institute from July 8 to 12 in Dayton.

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Hampton University Softball Player Mo'ne Davis Spotlighted in Sports Illustrated's 'Where Are They Now?' Feature Story

HAMPTON, Va. (July 3, 2019) – Hampton University Softball player Mo’ne Davis is spotlighted in Sports Illustrated’s latest “Where Are They Now?” feature. The iconic magazine sat down with Hampton’s newest softball player five years after making history in the Little League World Series. In the sit down interview with Hampton alumnus Shemar Woods ’11, Davis talks about what she has been doing over the last five years and the reasons why she chose to attend Hampton University.

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Hampton University Student, Tyla Barnes, Receives $15,000 Journalism Scholarship through the Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Program

HAMPTON, Va. (June 26, 2019) – Hampton University journalism student and rising senior Tyla Barnes, has won a $15,000 scholarship through Chevrolet’s 2019 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Program. DTU is a journalism fellowship for HBCUs, where six fellows receive $10,000 in scholarship money, plus $5,000 for an incredible eight-week road trip in the all-new 2019 Chevy Blazer to intern at one of two National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) newspapers. Throughout their travels, the fellows will discover and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African American communities.

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Parenting book edited by Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Professor Butch Maier

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — “Win with Teens: Christian Parenting Through the Challenging Years,” a book written by Virginia Beach life coach Win Levis and published this week, was edited by Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor Butch Maier.

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Hampton University Professor Butch Maier's Comedy Opens as No. 2 Movie in the U.S.

Norfolk, Va. (May 6, 2019) – “Mother of a Day,” Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Professor Butch Maier's comedy about an African American family, earned the second-highest gross per theater of any movie in the U.S. on May 4, according to Box Office Mojo and the-numbers.com.

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A local feature film focused on the humor of a missed Mother’s Day on Coast Live

From WTKR.com: HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - "Mother of a Day" is a family-friendly comedy written, produced and starring local talent. The story's main character has one hour to sneak out of the house to find gifts for the four mothers in his life after he has forgotten Mother's Day. Lead actor Lamont Ferguson and director Butch Maier join us to talk more about the film and the local premieres.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism Students and Professors featured in New Movie May 3

HAMPTON, Va. (April 19, 2019) - Two students and two professors from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications are key members of the cast and crew of a new movie. “Mother of a Day” – written, directed and produced by Butch Maier, a Scripps assistant professor of journalism – will be revealed in exclusive sneak previews next month on campus. The movie will be shown five times Friday, May 3, in the HU Student Center Theater.

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Coverage of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2019 Conference at Hampton University, April 12-14, 2019

HAMPTON, Va. (April 19, 2019) – Student Coverage of the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Region I Conference, April 12-14, 2019, which took place at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism. This year’s theme was “Reclaiming Our Story: Guardians of Our History Since 1619 and The True Responsibility of Black Journalists Today.”

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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2019 Conference Will be Held at Hampton University, April 12-14, 2019

HAMPTON, Va. (March 29, 2019) – Registration is now open for the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Region I Conference, April 12-14, 2019, which will take place at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism. This year’s theme is “Reclaiming Our Story: Guardians of Our History Since 1619 and The True Responsibility of Black Journalists Today.”.

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Hampton University Caldwell Cafe Lecture Series Welcomes A. Peter Bailey, Author and Malcolm X Associate

HAMPTON, Va. (March 4, 2019) – The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications welcomed A. Peter Bailey, an associate of Malcolm X, to the Caldwell Café series on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Bailey lectured about various aspects of his life, including when he first heard Malcolm X speak in Harlem, his affiliation with the Organization of Afro American Unity (OAAU), and the day Malcolm X was assassinated.

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Hampton University Celebrates Partnership with Scripps Howard Foundation during Annual 'Scripps Days' Event Softball

HAMPTON, Va. (January 18, 2019) – Writing, writing and more writing was the theme of the 2019 Hampton University “Scripps Days” Event in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. Scripps welcomed honored guests from The Scripps Howard Foundation to showcase students and to demonstrate how a $100,000 grant from the Foundation has been used to embark on a new content management system.

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Hampton University Business Professor Appears via ReadyCam on Roland Martin Unfiltered

HAMPTON, VA (Jan. 3, 2019) – Hampton University School of Business Professor, Dr. Michael McLain, discussed the pros and cons of ‘Paygo’ on a daily digital news program via the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications’ ReadyCam on-site studio

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Little League Record Breaker Signs with Hampton University Softball

HAMPTON, Virginia (Dec. 18, 2018) -- A record-setter from the 2014 Little League World Series for Taney Little League, Mo’ne Davis has signed her National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play softball for Hampton University starting in the fall of 2019.

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Bloomberg News founder at Hampton University today

HAMPTON, Virginia (Sept. 25, 2018) -- Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News founder, editor-in-chief emeritus and author of "The Bloomberg Way," will be the special guest at a moderated Q&A today, Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Hampton University's Scripps Auditorium.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Welcomes Congressman Robert C. Scott to their State of the Art TV Studio

HAMPTON. Va. (August 15, 2018) - Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott of Virginia was welcomed to the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications TV studio. Congressman Scott, who is serving his thirteenth term, representing Virginia’s Third Congressional District, requested to utilize the state of the art television studio at Hampton University to tape a PSA.

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Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Rising Senior, Leondra Head, Publishes Self-Help Book

HAMPTON, Va. (July 6, 2018) — Hampton University rising senior, Leondra Head, recently published her first book entitled, Walking In Your Path, a self-help novel encouraging young adult students and young adults to follow their passions.

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Hampton University Scripps Assistant Professor Butch Maier releases trailer for comedy movie about African-American family

HAMPTON, Va. (July 5, 2018) — Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) Assistant Professor Butch Maier has released the first trailer for "Mother of a Day," his comedy movie about an African-American family.

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Hampton University Hosts Latino Resource Fair on June 9, 2018

HAMPTON, Va. (June 8, 2018) — Hampton University hosts the first Latino Resource Fair at the Hampton University Center for Hispanic Achievement and Training (HUCHAT) on Saturday, June 9th from 10am until 1pm at HUCHAT (Suntrust Building, 4th fl), 11817 Canon Blvd, Suite 408, Newport News, VA 23606.

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April Woodard, Assistant Professor for Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Nominated for an Emmy Award

HAMPTON, Va. (May 17, 2018) - April Woodard, an Assistant Professor in the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, has been nominated for an Emmy® Award for her work as a co-host on Coast Live on WTKR, and for hosting the Norfolk Christmas parade, among other events throughout the year. This year’s 60th Emmy® Awards, which includes Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., will host a Gala to present the winners on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Bethesda, MD.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Student Kyla Wright Receives Prestigious $5,000 Scholarship

HAMPTON, Va. (May 16, 2018) — The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications student Kyla Wright has been awarded the Betty Endicott Scholarship worth $5,000 to be used towards her Hampton University education. The Betty Endicott Scholarship is given out annually from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-National Capital Chesapeake Bay (NATAS-NCCB) Chapter to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are studying communications and/or broadcast journalism. The scholarship is named after Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard Professor Lynn Waltz Launches Book Tour of her Expose' on Meat Packing Industry


HAMPTON, Va. (May. 10, 2018) — Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor Lynn Waltz officially kicked off her book tour by appearing on local television and radio to promote her acclaimed book, “Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers’ Rights at the World’s Largest Slaughterhouse.”

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PRSA President/CEO Visits Scripps-Howard Students

HAMPTON, Va. (March 26, 2018) – Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students met one of the leaders in their future industry -- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) President and CEO Dr. Joseph Truncale – during his visit here March 26.

Scripps Howard Dean DaVida Plummer was grateful to have one of the top professionals in the public relations field take the time to share his experiences with students.

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Jay Lang appointed to NANOE’s 2018 Board of Governors

Washington D.C. – 02/16/2018 –The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Lang to NANOE’s prestigious 2018 Board of Governors. Lang has been called upon to refine, improve, and strengthen New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit (Second Edition) a new set of governing guidelines that supercharge nonprofit capacity-building.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard students and professor study business journalism at Bloomberg in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 10, 2018) — Six students and one professor from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications attended a three-day business journalism workshop Jan. 8 to 10 in the Bloomberg News office in Washington, D.C.

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Scripps Howard Awards entries open Dec. 1, honoring 2017’s most impactful journalism

CINCINNATI (November 29, 2017) – The Scripps Howard Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious journalism competitions, will accept entries from Dec. 1 to Feb. 2. The Awards’ 65th competition will present $170,000 in prize money for work across 16 categories, including the Impact Award, which will honor the year’s best work from all winners. The awards will be presented on April 19, 2018, with a live show hosted by “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan.

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Bloomberg bringing 6 Scripps Howard Business Journalism Students to D.C.

HAMPTON, Va. (Nov. 21, 2017) -- Six Hampton University students enrolled in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication’s business journalism course can report a capital gain in January. The nation’s capital, that is.

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HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 24, 2017) -- Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications celebrates its 15th annual “Scripps Day” Oct. 25, commemorating its longtime partnership with The Scripps Howard Foundation.

"The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication wouldn’t be what it is without the Scripps Foundation,” said Scripps Howard’s Dean, B. DaVida Plummer. “When other major media brands were sponsoring career fairs and putting up booths at HBCU events, Scripps went above and beyond the call. The leadership had the vision to partner with Hampton University President William R. Harvey to invest in students here at our Home By The Sea from academic start to graduation and ultimate career placement.”

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CINCINNATI (Oct 20, 2017) – The Scripps Howard Foundation is launching a year-long postgraduate fellowship program designed for individuals who aspire to journalism leadership positions in the media industry.

Four individuals will be chosen for a Scripps Howard Fellowship, which will begin in June 2018 and run for 12 months. The program is offered in partnership with the Scripps News Washington Bureau, Newsy and ProPublica. Participants will be able to choose from among several reporting or newsroom experiences in Washington, D.C., and New York City. In addition to their immersive newsroom residencies, participants will convene for a series of workshops on leadership, project management, innovation and the business of journalism.

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HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 25, 2017) – Future journalists and MBA candidates wanting to learn about the world of business reporting have a new Hampton University course to up their game and their academic experience.

Business Journalism JAC 451 has been added to the curriculum for fall semester.

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Digital Media, Animation Courses Puts Hampton's SHSJC at the Cutting Edge

Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) is putting its students on the path to working in Hollywood production houses and Silicon Valley firms with new Digital Media Innovation and Animation & Motion Graphics classes.

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From the 757 to the NFL and back again

“From the 757 to the NFL,” a July 13 panel at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, might as well have been called “From the 757 to the NFL and back to the 757.”

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KTA Induction Ceremony

Thirteen students from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications were inducted into the prestigious Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) Honor Society on Friday, April 21 including six seniors and seven juniors.

Admission into the society is by invitation only, reserved for those students in the top 10 percent of their respective classes. The 13 joined eight current members.

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Blacks in STEM: ‘Why can’t we just be diamonds?’

In a society that debates the value of HBCU's -- Historically Black Colleges and Universities -- these institutions generate the most STEM graduates, Claudia Rankins of the National Science Foundation said Thursday March 16 at Hampton University's Black Family Conference.

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STEM mentor Isaiah Warner of LSU to close Black Family Conference

Hampton University's 39th annual Black Family Conference is set to end on Friday, March 17, but not without a bang. The conference aims to celebrate the many achievements of black families and explore the developments that have propelled the families' progression in society.

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Limb regeneration doctor inspires students at Hampton U. confab

Hampton University is hosting its 39thannual Conference on the Black Family from Wednesday, March 15 to Friday, March 17. This year’s conference seeks to explore the developments of technology and increase public recognition of how technology affects us all and the generations to come. The theme, “Design 101: Black Families Rising Up!” will acknowledge attributes, the work and research done by African-Americans in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- along with Hampton students.

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Hidden Figures’ author to visit Hampton Roads Convention Center

On Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., writer, researcher and author Margot Lee Shetterly will hold a book signing for her No. 1 selling book "Hidden Figures" in Hampton, Virginia. Shetterly, 48, will speak at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, which is open to the public.

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When meeting the parents goes wrong. Get Out.

Imagine that you've just celebrated five months with your new girlfriend and an important milestone in your relationship has approached; it's time to meet her parents.

Most prepare by dressing well and rehearsing their answers to commonly asked questions. But how does one brace themselves to be hypnotized, tortured, and held against their will by their potential in-laws instead?

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WAVY and WTKR have found great spots for newswomen returning to local airwaves

Woodard and Furey show us daily how they have mastered the art of TV chat.

They skate effortlessly from one subject to another, from Pet Pal of the Week to the latest festival in Virginia Beach to the delights of kolache, a pastry from Eastern Europe."

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Valentine's Day or just another Tuesday?

Shelves were filled with teddy bears, Hallmark was selling flowers, and Chick-Fil-La was preparing its heart-shaped biscuits and platters for Valentine's Day.

Some people can't wait for Feb. 14, but some Hampton University students were simply not in the spirit this year.

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Gender bender: Valentine’s Day switch up

The traditional Valentine’s Day of a man showering his woman with gifts seems to be outdated and overrated, according to some young women at Hampton University.

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Ballers: Howard vs. Hampton equals extra effort

“Who is the real HU,” you might ask? Well, the Hampton University women’s and men’s basketball teams take on Howard University Saturday at 4 and 6 p.m. at Hampton University's Convocation Center. Students and alumni from Howard, Hampton and nearby universities attend each year.

Cheerleading teams and dance teams prepare to entertain the crowd. Like other collegiate sports, cheerleaders practice throughout the week to prepare for upcoming games.

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Super Bowl LI was a girlie good time

HAMPTON, Virginia -- Super Bowl Sunday in a house full of young women is not a typical game party.

Upon walking into the apartment you didn't get the vibe that the biggest football game in the world was on television. Songs such as "Best of me" by Jay Z and Mya were being played. Wine was being poured instead of beer and hard liquor.

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Hampton U’s community anticipates Super Bowl LI party

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches Feb. 5, Hampton University students and employees looked forward to the game with anticipation.

"The [Atlanta] Falcons will make history," said Jordan McKinney, a sophomore political science major from New Jersey, and Falcons fan. "They haven't made it this far in years."

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Hampton U. ATL students are all in for their Falcons

At Hampton University here, a contingent of Atlanta-area students said they are thrilled that their NFC champion Falcons will play for the ultimate prize.

"It's really a great feeling to see the Falcons finally going to the Super Bowl in my lifetime," said Carlton Griffin, a journalism major/cinema studies minor from Ellenwood, Georgia. "I've been a fan since I was born and it's been a tough ride being a Falcons fan.

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Wary, hopeful Hampton U. students check out “The Quad”

The new Black Entertainment Television show "The Quad" premiered 10 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 1. The drama series focuses on the student life at HBCUs --Historically Black Colleges and Universities -- and the issues that occur: Relationships between teachers and students, gender stereotypes in leadership, racism, hazing, underage drinking, blackmail, and, homicide.

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Founders Day speaker found her calling at Hampton U.

Hampton University and Mass Media Arts alumna Allison Seymour will be a guest speaker at Sunday’s Founder’s Day.

The accomplished Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Famer said she was overwhelmed with excitement to come back and share her words of wisdom with Hampton University students. Seymour said she intends to encourage and remind students to let their lives do the singing like the words of the alma mater.

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Hampton U students reflect on MLK's impact before annual celebration

Hampton University is preparing for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration on Monday, Jan. 16. Students and faculty plan to participate in a campus-wide march beginning at 10 a.m. at the Emancipation Oak and end it at Ogden Hall. Following the march, there will be a program to honor King’s legacy at 11 a.m.

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‘Hidden Figures’ author sells out museum book signing

On Jan. 6, over 200 people wrapped around the Hampton History Museum for author Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” book signing. There were so many supporters in attendance, young and old, all inspired and or curious about the untold story of three black women making a huge contribution to American history right here in Virginia.

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Hampton U. Architecture Team Flood Management Plan Wins $15,000

Hampton University School of Architecture students placed second in the 2016 Ford Motor Company HBCU Challenge 2016 Ford Motor Company HBCU Challenge winning them $15,000 in student stipends. Each year, Ford Motor Company conducts a competition that supports student led community projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The purpose is to strengthen and contribute to underserved communities.

The award will help students continue to work on those projects without having to take side jobs while continuing their education.

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I-64 Expansion Threatens Pivotal American History

Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has called a press conference for noon, Friday Nov. 18th to discuss the University’s commitment to yield “not one inch” of campus property for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed expansion of Interstate 64.

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National Geographic Society CEO Gary Knell To Visit Hampton University

The President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, Gary Knell, will visit the Hampton University campus April 20-21, 2016.

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Former Top NBC Executive Featured At Caldwell Cafe

Former top NBC Executive, Paula Williams Madison, was featured at the Caldwell Café event in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6 pm.

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