HU Students Selected for New York Times Summer Institute
Hampton University senior Kathryn Kenny has been selected to
participate in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Kenny
was one of two Hampton University Students to be selected to
participate in the 2014 summer institute, which will be held from May
18 to June 1, 2014 at Dillard University in New Orleans. Tommie
Collins, an English and graphic design double major from Chicago,
also received this prestigious recognition.
Kenny, a senior print journalism major from Fishers, Ind.,
submitted her application after collecting all of her best news clips
that she has compiled throughout her matriculation at Hampton. When
selecting her clips, she looked for pieces that made her writing
abilities shine. Her selections were diverse, highlighting topics
such as crime, sports and business. Before sending out the required
forms, Kenny admits being anxious, saying, "I prayed over my
Kenny looks forward to being in a room filled with some of
the nation's best and most distinguished writers. She anticipates
receiving guidance and mentorship from Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalists and strengthening her network of professionals in her
desired career. She is nervous about being around so many talented
student journalists and wants to represent Hampton University well by
performing at her highest ability while in the Institute this summer.
Kenny attributes much of her growth in writing to her time
spent in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
She found out about the Institute when representatives from the New
York Times came to Scripps Howard to speak to students. Kenny
believes that professors in the school of journalism and
communications have helped her along the way and have played a big
role in her success.
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