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SHSJC Journalism Student Awarded Study Trip to Japan

Scripps Howard's Brandon "Theo" Dorsey won a coveted nine-day trip to Japan to study journalism along with eight other winners of the annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, sponsored by The Scripps Howard Foundation. The junior broadcast journalism major from Houston, Texas, embarks on the all-expense-paid trip Thursday, May 8.

Marking its 30th anniversary this year, the collegiate competition was established in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism in honor of the famed journalist and editor Roy W. Howard who spearheaded the Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press from 1912-1920.

"With this award, we celebrate the legacy of Roy Howard, who meant so much to our profession," said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. "The prize responds to the need for today's student journalists to better understand international affairs."

The winners were selected for their exemplary work in the areas of print, broadcast, and online media, as well as their essay on international affairs and letters of recommendation. The journalism students' instructor for the study trip will be Joseph Coleman, IU School of Journalism Roy W. Howard Professor of Practice and former Tokyo Associated Press bureau chief.

"I'm very much looking forward to accompanying such a stellar group of students to Japan this year," Coleman said. "Japan is the perfect place to challenge students' assumptions about the world, and this trip is an excellent way of helping raise the next generation of international journalists and honor the memory of Roy Howard."

In addition to experiencing excursions to the region cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, the students will also visit to the city of Hiroshima, which was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945 during the final stages of World War II.

Dorsey is an alumnus of the Sports Journalism Institute and co-founder of the sports and entertainment website Elite-Insiders.com, A color commentator for Hampton University athletics and online sports editor for The Hampton Script, he is also a sports producer and anchor for WHOV-TV news and is a former ESPN radio and Washington Times intern. This summer he will intern with NBC Sports in Stamford, Conn.