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Scripps Howard Students Selected to Participate
in the 20th Annual NABJ Multi–Media Short Course

Hampton University Broadcast Journalism Seniors Train with Top Media Professionals

by Kori Williams, junior public relations major

Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC), leading producer of African–American journalism and communications graduates, announced today that four of its seniors have been chosen to participate in the 20th Annual NABJ Multi–Media Short Course. The program will take place from Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 24 on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.

The short–course, sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), is held on the campuses of historically black colleges or those with a large African–American student enrollment. Taught by teams of professional journalists, this year’s broadcast short course is designed to encourage student members of the organization to pursue television management as a career. Seniors Kayla Clough, from Piscataway, N.J.; Juan Diasgranados, from Beltsville, Md.; Kristen James from Longwood, Fla.; and Alyssa Judd , from Greensboro, N.C., were chosen out of more than 50 applicants to participate in the three–day seminar.

"I’m very excited because the short course has been a tradition for two decades and we need to be present, and we haven’t been for a while," said Professor Wayne Dawkins, faculty advisor for Hampton University’s NABJ Chapter. "I’m very happy [that] four of our students will be present this spring [and] for what it’s worth, they’re four very deserving students."

The intensive program will give students access to mentors currently working as news directors, producers, and editors at some of the top television stations in the country. The short course consists of class work and field work, complete with live newscasts and critique sessions; giving students hands-on experience and a practical understanding of what these jobs require. Students will benefit from the experience of media mentors who will provide a wealth of information about careers in the industry, tips on job interviews, training in writing, reporting and editing and landing the first job or internship.

"It’s a great honor because of the opportunity to work with journalists from all over the country," says short course participant Juan Diasagranados. " … to send four students this year is a blessing in itself, [it] puts Scripps Howard on the map."

About The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
The creation of the Scripps Howard School was made possible through a $10 million partnership with the Scripps Howard Foundation. The vision of the Scripps Howard School is to produce ethical and competitive leaders equipped to practice excellence and innovation in multimedia technology while adhering to the core principles of journalism and communications. For more information please call (757)727-5405 or email us at shsjc@hamptonu.edu.