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Bloomberg bringing 6 Scripps Howard Business Journalism Students to D.C.

HAMPTON, Va. (Nov. 21, 2017) -- Six Hampton University students enrolled in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication’s business journalism course can report a capital gain in January.

The nation’s capital, that is.

Leenika Belfield-Martin, Aviel Brown, Mion Edwards, Brianna Jackson, Jennifer Lowe and Alexis Scott have been selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to participate in a three-day workshop in the offices of Bloomberg LP.

Professor Butch Maier, a former editor-in-chief of Norfolk-based Inside Business, has hosted four visits by Bloomberg personnel this semester. All students in his course were eligible to apply for the Jan. 8-10 workshop, which will reinforce “The Bloomberg Way” lessons taught in class. The six selected were chosen based on essays, news stories, resumes and course grades.

Bloomberg, a worldwide-leading financial news service, is funding the trip. At the D.C. workshop, the contingent will be joined by six students and lecturer Nerissa Young from Hampton University's sister school at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

“I think that every successful venture that we’ve had with Bloomberg places Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications in a position to be a vessel for educating and nurturing future broadcast journalists,” Scripps Howard School Dean and Assistant Vice President for Marketing/Media B. DaVida Plummer said. “There’s no question that need is palpable. And we’re committed to diversifying that sector of journalism. We are grateful to Bloomberg for assisting us in that effort.”

In his first year at Scripps, Maier has utilized his 24 years of journalism experience to raise the bar in this specialized area of study.

Looking ahead, there are still several spots left in Maier’s business journalism class — JAC 451, Section 01 — this spring, when a similar trip is likely.

“For the students who will get this opportunity,” Plummer said, “the value of this experience is immeasurable.”