Montclair State University Shows Minority High School Students the Journalism Ropes

Inaugural Journalism Boot Camp featured 16 participants.

Thanks to a free Journalism Boot Camp instituted last week by Montclair State University, 16 aspiring minority high school journalists from the New Jersey cities of Orange and Paterson got a close-up look at the profession.

Over three days, they visited ABC News headquarters in New York and also interviewed members of the Cuban national baseball team, which visited campus to play a game against the New Jersey Jackals. From a report by Jamal Eric Watson for Diverse:

Merrill Brown, director of Montclair’s School of Media and Communication and a veteran media executive who helped launch MSNBC.com, said that the boot camp is the first in a series of ongoing efforts aimed at encouraging underrepresented students in the region to pursue careers in communication. The journalism initiative, he said, is a priority for the school.

“For starters, it’s an important public service, bringing together gifted educators and talented high school students who may not be in a position to afford ‘boot camp’ programs or other journalism summer efforts,” he said. “We’re also pleased to be in a position to serve students with an interest in journalism, especially at a point in time in which the students and their parents may be getting mixed signals about opportunities in the field.”

Check out the students’ written work here.

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