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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hosts Career Fair and Panel Discussion
12/09/2019 - #131

HAMPTON, Va. (December 9, 2019) – Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) hosted a career fair and panel discussion to help guide students on what it takes to receive internships and jobs within the media industry.

“We are proud to see our Journalism School hosting events like these, encouraging our students to utilize their resources, and to help guide them into a bright future. Our ‘Home by the Sea’ looks forward to the success of our students studying Journalism and Communications,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Senior, journalism students Cydney Straker and Simone Bell organized this career fair and panel discussion as their senior capstone project, hosted in the SHSJC. The panel discussion included guest speakers:

  • Anita Blanton – Evening News Anchor for WAVY TV 10
  • Hailey Abernathy – Producer for WTKR News
  • Kim Wimbish – Entrepreneur & CEO for KMK Productions
  • Khalida Volou – Digital Editor for WUSA 9
  • Jaketa Clark Thomas – CEO of Omnia Unlimited LLC

“This career fair and panel discussion was a project that my classmate and I worked on as our senior capstone. To me, this event was a huge deal,” said Straker. “I’ve noticed that the Hampton University annual career fair doesn’t provide a lot of opportunities for students in the School of Journalism. I wanted to do this event to bridge the gap and to help provide opportunities for my fellow classmates.”

Companies at the career fair include:

  • WVEC
  • 94.7 The Link
  • K&R
  • WAVY TV 10
  • Daily Press
  • iHeart Media

“The way the students of Scripps Howard received the career fair was rewarding. They were grateful for the chance to network with potential employers and gain knowledge from the successful women who led the panel discussion. My personal favorite part of the day was the panel and seeing how willing students were to ask vulnerable questions. It was a great day for Scripps Howard,” said senior, journalism student, Simone Bell.

“The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is known for having a very strong recruitment visitation rotation from some of the top brands in media. However, it is exceptionally rewarding to watch these young communicators plan an event that showcases their own strategic communications skills, but also, shows their dedication to raising the brand of their school and sharing their gifts with their fellow students,” said Dean of the SHSJC, B. DaVida Plummer. “At the end of the day, this was as successful as anything I’ve seen major recruiters do in house at Hampton University.”


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