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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 application."

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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