Ten high school students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds across Nassau County have been selected to participate in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s 2016 Hofstra High School Summer Journalism Institute, a two-week immersive program from July 5-15 aimed at encouraging workforce diversity and attracting minority students to pursue careers in journalism and media.
“As communities across America continue to change, it’s becoming more and more important to recruit and train journalists who reflect those communities and can tell their stories,” said Professor Peter Goodman, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations and a former arts reporter for Newsday. He and Professor Scott Brinton, senior editor for enterprise reporting and staff development at Herald Community Newspapers, are the Summer Journalism Institute’s co-directors.
The students were selected from three Nassau County high schools – Hempstead HS, Island Trees HS, and Elmont Memorial HS – on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in writing or storytelling. This year’s participants are:
- Rex Asabor, senior, Elmont Memorial High School
- Michael Bailey, senior, Elmont Memorial High School
- Mikelley Baptiste, sophomore, Elmont Memorial High School
- Fatima Bhutta, junior, Elmont Memorial High School
- Amoy Brown, senior, Hempstead High School
- Jayne Chen, senior, Island Trees High School
- Nsikak Ekong, graduated senior, Hempstead High School
- Karyse Gocoul, senior, Elmont Memorial High School
- Rodney Legrand, junior, Elmont Memorial High School
- Esly Rodriguez, senior, Hempstead High School
During the program, they will learn the crafts of research, reporting, and interviewing as they work on news and feature stories about issues facing their schools, families, and communities. They will also learn how to shoot and edit web video, use social media for journalistic purposes, design a WordPress website where they will upload and share their completed work, and other multimedia skills. They will also attend a mock press conference on July 6 with Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran of Baldwin, who will address the issue of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. The students will film the conference, take photos, and ask questions.
The students will also take tours at the offices of The New York Times, and also hear from guest speakers from the faculty of the Herbert School as well as from area media outlets including Newsday, News12, and Herald Community Papers. Three journalism graduate students, Courtney McGee, Danielle Agoglia, and Nakeem Grant will mentor the students daily as they work on their projects.
The Hofstra High School Summer Journalism Institute and the Community Journalism Program, which pairs graduate students as one-on-one mentors with students in Hempstead High School’s newspaper club, are supported by a grant from the New York Press Association.
Follow the students’ progress on the Institute’s Facebook page.