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Two SHSJC students chosen for Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program

HAMPTON, Va. (March 16, 2020) – Two Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students have been selected for the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program, an intensive, five-day workshop.

Zoe Griffin and Carson Hedgepeth earned spots in the program through this semester’s JAC 451 Business Journalism class, taught by SHSJC Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs Butch Maier.

Griffin, a senior journalism major from St. Louis, was chosen for the June 1-5 program at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

“I am so honored to have been granted a position in this amazing program,” Griffin said. “And I look forward to all the knowledge and relationships I will make upon finishing the program.”

Zoe Griffin

Hedgepeth, a junior strategic communication major from Detroit, was picked for the May 11-15 program at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism in Chapel Hill and at Bloomberg News in New York.

Carson Hedgepath

“Extremely excited to learn from some of the best in business,” Hedgepeth said.

All program costs, including lodging and transportation, will be covered for the participants.

The students will learn how business journalists report on what's most at stake in the economy, global stock and bond markets, government regulations and the job market, according to the two schools. “These are tremendous opportunities for Carson and Zoe, and I am glad they are taking advantage of them,” Maier said. Bloomberg Chief of Client Relations Tom Contiliano visits the Scripps Howard School’s Business Journalism class each semester to train students how to use the Bloomberg Terminal, a valuable tool for real-time financial news and information. Terminal access is available to Hampton University students who have enrolled in JAC 451.

In the past three years, four of those students have earned Bloomberg internships, with one landing a part-time job and one a full-time job at the company headquarters in New York.

During his visit to Scripps this spring, Contiliano told students about the diversity program.

“As soon as I heard, I knew I had to apply,” Griffin said.