Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has received a $500,000 challenge grant from 21st Century Fox.
The center, originally established through funding from the John S. and James L Knight foundation is designed to help Hampton University students learn about mass media and various ways of distributing it. The grant will cover digital media projects by students, which include producing research, business plans, media products such as apps, and also assist in placing graduates in digital media jobs.
The Center’s mission is to foster diversity within digital media, and provide a nurturing environment to students, while encouraging entrepreneurship. “The invaluable work done by Hampton’s Center for Innovation in Digital Media underscores the need to empower young people with the necessary tools to realize their dreams within the creative industries, and we are immensely proud to be a part of that process.” stated Julie Henderson Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of 21st Century Fox
Brett Pulley, Dean of the Scripps Howard School noted, “This generous grant not only recognizes the extraordinary potential that these students possess, it also challenges other media companies to step up and acknowledge that the future of the industry is dependent upon developing a broad and diverse workforce. This challenge grant will help us establish a program that will place our students among the great young minds now focused on creating new media platforms and pioneering the future of our industry.” The grant which is conditional, is dependent upon Hampton University raising a matching amount of $500,000. To make a contribution to Hampton University click here