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Associated Press Sports Editors’ Day of Diversity
Produces Multimedia Coverage of Michael Vick

- by Phil Kaplan

It will be hard to top the success of the fourth annual Day of Diversity at Hampton University held on Nov. 9.

Scripps Howard School majors filled the R.P. Scripps Auditorium and were engaged from start to finish. Students asked questions and offered opinions. It may have been the subject matter: NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who was a high school football start in Newport News, Va. Daily Press president and publisher Digby Solomon gave students candid comments about the future of the newspaper industry. Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications dean Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck did her usual job of getting students pumped up for the event.

The list of professionals attending this year included, Steve Trosky, sports editor, Richmond Times Dispatch; Lynn Burke, online sports manager, Daily Press; Rob Ostermaier, photographer, Daily Press; Andi Petrini, sports editor, Daily Press; David Teel, senior sports columnist, Daily Press; Maria Carillo, managing editor, The Virginian-Pilot; Larry Rubama, reporter, The Virginian-Pilot; Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, editor for strategic projects, Washington Post; Matthew Cooper, sports agate editor, USA Today; Jemele Hill, columnist and television analyst, ESPN; and Mike Harris, sports editor, The Washington Times.

Emilio led a panel discussion with Jemele, David and Mike. We were later joined via Skype by Ashley Fox, who covers the Philadelphia Eagles for ESPN.com and Pamela Laucella, the academic director of the National Sports Journalism Center who did an analysis of the media coverage of Vick. Thanks to Ashley's efforts, she had Vick on video, including a message to Scripps Howard students.

Students were then tasked with producing a story and given a hard deadline. The sites for their work are below:

Chaunte'l Powell, a senior at Hampton, covered the event for APSE. Last summer she completed an internship at Asbury (N.J.) Park Press through Sport Journalism Institute, APSE and Scripps Howard Foundation:

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Scripps Howard Foundation will offer internships to two Hampton students interested in a career in journalism. The two students chosen each receive a $3,000 stipend and a $500 scholarship for the summer of 2012.Both students will be placed at APSE member newspapers during the summer internship. The Palm Beach Post, Asbury Park Press, Sacramento Bee, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Baltimore Sun have been the host papers the past three years.

For the third consecutive year, Sports Journalism Institute will be a partner to the program. Under the umbrella of SJI, both interns from Hampton will spend nine days at the journalism "boot camp" to be held at the University of Missouri before starting their internships.

The cost of day’s lunch was covered with the financial support from The Daily Press, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Virginian-Pilot, USA Today and Washington Times.