SHSJC Partners with Broadcasting Board of Governors
Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC)
students will receive access to international journalism professionals and internships under
a cooperative agreement between SHSJC and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).
BBG is a $760 million a year government enterprise that encompasses all U.S. civilian
international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA). VOA, the largest U.S.
international broadcaster, reaches an estimated audience of 141 million weekly by radio
(shortwave, FM, AM and satellite), television (satellite and cable), and Internet in 43
languages. VOA has a worldwide network of more than 1,200 local radio and television
The agreement, which grew from a longstanding friendship between Assistant Professor of
Broadcast Chris Leonard and VOA Executive Producer Jerry Brown, was implemented by SHSJC Dean
Brett Pulley. “Dean Pulley assisted in expanding the venture into content-based
television programming, and by formalizing the relationship with the BBG,” said Leonard.
Over the course of the long-term contract, BBG professionals will mentor students and
provide insight on international media and international journalism. Internship
opportunities with VOA will give students access to some of the highest-qualified
professionals in the field and provide hands-on experience.
The agreement was signed late last year, after Brown visited HU to mentor students in
the production of a post-election special for a local cable TV outlet. Several other
projects are planned, and already the BBG has assisted SHSJC students in producing content
for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing’s (NASCAR) minority development
program, as well as the production of the SHSJC’s “Caldwell Café.”