By: E&P Staff
Hampton University — the historically black college whose journalism school only a few years ago was roiled by charges of administration censorship — will have three students among the 18 journalism students who will work summer internships at The New York Times.
The number might be a record for a college in a single year, according to the school in Hampton, Va., and Times internship officials.
“Forget whether it’s a record for an HBCU (historically black college or university), it’s probably a record for any school, including the traditional heavyweights like Harvard, Yale and the big schools with long-recognized journalism programs,” Don Hecker, director of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, said in a statement. “And particularly impressive because we have one of the smallest internship programs among the big papers.”
The three students of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications receiving internships include senior Austin Bogues, who was selected by the Times and the Washington Press Club Foundation for the David E. Rosenbaum Reporting Internship in Washington. He will be the Times’ only intern in Washington.
Serving their internships at the flagship New York Times will be Angelica Rogers, a design intern, and Eba Hamid, who will be a copy editing intern.
Scripps Howard School Dean Tony Brown credited much of the success in placing interns at the times to the j-school’s Academy of Writing Excellence (AWE) directed by Will Sutton, who is also the Scripps Howard Endowed Professor.
In the next school year, the school is launching an interactive computer program called EGUMPP to help freshman journalism and communications students achieve the proficiency of a high school English teacher within one academic year.