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Hampton University's Sport Management and Journalism Students
Practice Skills for the 2011 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine

A select group of Hampton University journalism majors will work alongside 24 aspiring NASCAR drivers representing 10 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico who will showcase their skills at Langley Speedway, as part of the Eighth Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, Oct. 18-20. The journalism students will simulate a “media coverage experience” as part of media training for all the drivers.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the male and female drivers, ages 16-24, will undergo physical assessments in the HU Student Center’s fitness room from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. During the session, broadcast and print majors from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications will be on hand to conduct one-on-one interviews of the drivers between evaluation activities.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, teams of select Scripps Howard journalism students under the supervision of professors William “Chris” Leonard, Van Dora Williams and Reggie Mitchell, will travel to Langley Raceway to put into practice their journalistic skills as “track-side” reporters by conducting post-race interviews of the drivers. The drivers will be competing to earn spots on the Revolution Racing Squad, which will field teams in the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the Whelen All-American Series. After the combine event, a mock news conference will be held at 3:30 p.m., where the student journalists will ask rapid fire questions of the combine drivers. This is a component of the drivers’ media training that will be held in the Scripps Howard School’s TV studio.

In addition, Jerry Brown, executive producer/director with Voice of America (VOA), will work with journalism majors Asia Poteat and Lauren Perkins to produce a 2-3 minute television and radio sport package on the events. The student-produced package will air later in the month on VOA.

Grandstands at Langley will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET, Oct. 19-20 during on-track testing. The drivers will be evaluated on their on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, physical fitness and personality. Information about the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative can be found at www.nascardiversity.com/.