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Hampton University Business Journalism Student First from Scripps Howard School to Land Bloomberg News Internship
12/05/2017 - #104

HAMPTON, VA. (Dec. 6, 2017) — Hampton University senior Brianna Jackson has become the first Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications student to be selected by Bloomberg for a news internship.

She might be the first of many.

“I visited Bloomberg a few months back and — along with a sizable group of deans from some of the top journalism schools in the country — heard Bloomberg executives address the need to diversify the business journalism industry,” Scripps Howard School Dean and Assistant Vice President for Marketing/Media B. DàVida Plummer said. “We have taken a successful first step toward creating a pipeline between Scripps Howard and Bloomberg.”

Jackson will participate in a 10-week, paid internship next summer in New York. The journalism major and marketing minor from Chesapeake connected with the worldwide-leading financial news service through Professor Butch Maier’s JAC 451 Business Journalism class.

“I feel very grateful to be given this opportunity, and I think it’s the start of something big,” Jackson said. “Knowing that I graduate in May and the next month I’ll be heading to New York is surreal. It’s awesome to know I have my foot in the door and I’m one step closer to furthering my journalism career.”

During her internship, Jackson will help report breaking news about financial markets, economies, technology, business and governments. According to Bloomberg.com, the company’s interns also pitch and write enterprise stories, conduct interviews and collaborate with other consumer-facing platforms.

After completing her internship, Jackson will have the chance to become a full-time reporter through Bloomberg’s rotational program, where she could spend several months on three different reporting teams before possibly receiving a permanent assignment.

Maier, a first-year assistant professor and former editor-in-chief of Norfolk-based Inside Business, has hosted four visits by Bloomberg personnel this semester.

“As a former business editor, it has been very gratifying to help prepare students for the rigors of the industry,” Maier said. “For Brianna to get her foot in the door and vie for a spot at such a prestigious company is just tremendous.”

Maier will teach business journalism again in the spring.

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