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SHSJC Students are Highly Sought for Job Opportunities

The tightening of the job market as a result of the recession is not preventing recruiters from looking for students from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University.

Twelve representatives from The E.W. Scripps Company will visit the Scripps Howard School this week Wednesday and Thursday to offer more than $100,000 in career opportunities to Hampton University students. The first day of Scripps Career Days, Jan. 27, offers workshops; a keynote address by Lana Durban Scott, director of the company's television news strategy and operations; and a networking reception for students, faculty and the visiting professionals. On Jan. 28, 70 students who previously registered will be interviewed for internships, scholarships, apprenticeships and Semester in Washington placements.

The annual two-day event has been organized by Prof. Joy McDonald, internship coordinator at the Scripps Howard School, and Sue Porter, vice president of programs for the Scripps Howard Foundation, with assistance from the school's public relations students. Other representatives from the company's television stations, newspapers, corporate office and foundation include: Candace Anderson, Jody Beck, David Francois, Danita Harris, Robyn Hildal, Nick Hollensbe, Jack Lail, Lee Rose, Keenan Smith and Mizell Stewart III.

Deron Hogans, a senior broadcast major at the Scripps Howard School, received internship placement and scholarship offers following Scripps Career Days in 2008 and 2009, and went on to work at Scripps operating units. "It was beneficial because it really helped me figure out what I want and now I am working toward my goal," he said.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate foundation of The E.W. Scripps Company. Its mission is to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. Creation of the Scripps Howard School was made possible through a $10 million commitment from the Scripps Howard Foundation. For more information contact the Scripps Howard School at http://shsjc.hamptonu.edu/ or call Prof. McDonald at 757-727-5993.

-Written by Jasmine Anderson and Lauren Brown, Senior Public Relations Majors