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Ten high school students from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds will participate in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s 2017 Hofstra High School Summer Journalism Institute, a week-long immersive program from July 10-15 where they will learn about media careers while reporting and writing about issues that are important to their communities.

“The Summer Journalism Institute is intense, fast-paced and just plain fun. The idea is to expose young people to what I believe is the most amazing field there is — journalism,” said Scott Brinton, adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations and executive editor at the Long Island-based Herald Community Newspapers. “Young people are the future of the profession, and we need people of all backgrounds in our nation’s newsrooms to make sure that we are fairly and honestly covering everyone. That’s what the Institute is all about.” He and Associate Professor Peter Goodman, a former arts reporter for Newsday, are the Summer Journalism Institute’s co-directors.

The students were selected from Hempstead High School and Elmont Memorial High School in Nassau County, on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in writing or storytelling.

This year’s participants are:

  • Kaylah Agard, sophomore, Elmont Memorial High School
  • Mikelley Baptiste, junior, Elmont Memorial High School
  • Saarah Braithwaite, senior, Elmont Memorial High School
  • Kendy Cordova, senior, Hempstead High School
  • Kimberly Flobil, senior, Elmont High School
  • Karyse Gocoul, 2017 graduate, Elmont Memorial High School
  • Jennifer Hernandez, junior, Hempstead High School
  • Rodney Legrand, senior, Elmont Memorial High School
  • Venette Simon, senior, Elmont Memorial High School
  • Munahil Sultana, sophomore, Elmont Memorial High School

“The Institute gives students a head start in entering a field that, especially today, is very important to the way our society functions, and is crucial to understanding our world and finding ways to improve the lives of all Americans,” said Professor Goodman.

During the program, students will learn the crafts of research, reporting, interviewing, and photography as they write news and feature stories about issues facing their schools, families, and communities.  They will work on article drafts and critiques with Professors Brinton and Goodman, pitch their stories, and attend lectures with local journalists as well as the faculty from the Herbert School.  A tour of the Herald Community Papers’ editorial offices is also planned.

The Hofstra High School Summer Journalism Institute and the Community Journalism Program, which pairs Hofstra graduate students as one-on-one mentors with students in Hempstead High School’s newspaper club during the fall semester, are supported by grants from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of Long Island.

Follow the students’ progress and see photos from last year’s program on the Institute’s Facebook page.


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