Community Journalism: ESPN
As part of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s new Community Journalism Program, three ESPN representatives met with Hofstra University and Hempstead High School students on Thursday, November 19 in the News Hub. .
The guest speakers from ESPN were:
Carol Stiff, vice president of ESPN Digital Media, who is responsible for espnW program content and integration across all ESPN platforms
Stevland Wilson, ESPN video producer and Hofstra University Class of 2000 alumnus
Adam Rubin, ESPN writer and Mets reporter, who recently covered the team’s World Series run
About the Community Journalism Program
Funded by the New York Press Association, the Community Journalism Program is a partnership between Hofstra University and the Hempstead School District.
Under the close supervision of Hofstra faculty, graduate students from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication will visit Hempstead High School weekly to teach fundamental journalism practices and principles.
Working together with their Hofstra counterparts, Hempstead students receive introduction in news gathering, writing, storytelling, presentation, and publishing in order to produce news and feature stories about their school and the surrounding community.
Publishable works will appear on LongIslandReport.org, Hofstra’s student-run multimedia news outlet, and LIHerald.com, the website of Herald Community Newspapers, a group of 17 award-winning weekly newspapers.
During the Fall 2015 semester, six graduate students enrolled in Prof. Scott Brinton’s Community Journalism class mentored nearly 20 students at Hempstead High School, teaching them the ins and outs of journalism. The mentorship program encourages African-American and Hispanic high-schoolers to consider careers in journalism. ESPN has been at the forefront of increasing newsroom diversity.
Summer High School Journalism Institute
Hempstead High School students who would like to further their reporting skills can apply to attend the Summer High School Journalism Institute, a free, intensive, two-week workshop that will be held at the Herbert School’s state-of-the-art facilities. Here, students will receive advanced instruction in print, online and TV news production.