Thursday, September 24, 2015

HU Junior Selected To HBCU Digital Media Fellowship Program

HU Junior Selected To HBCU Digital Media Fellowship Program 

Hampton, Va. - Hampton University junior Phillip Jackson as been selected to participate in the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship program sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

HU junior Phillip Jackson
The HBCU Digital Media Fellowship provides students advanced exposure and practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online. Five students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities receive a hands-on experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Sept. 24-26 in Los Angeles.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity to network with established journalists and work with young, up and coming journalists of color from different schools," said Jackson. "I understand that diversity in the newsroom is important, and this is what we are here for."

Jackson, a print journalism major in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is one of five HBCU students participating in the program. The other HBCUs represented in the program are Howard University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University and Morehouse College. 

Supported for the second year by the Knight Foundation, these students receive an all-expense-paid trip to the conference, as well as a free one-year ONA membership. Over the three days, they work closely with lead mentor Michael Grant, Designer/Web Producer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Michelle Johnson, the ONA Student Newsroom Chair and Associate Professor of Practice, Multimedia Journalism at Boston University to produce multimedia packages for the conference and participate in intensive data journalism training.

- Matthew A. White '10

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