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NBC 'Today' show host coming to Loyola

Loyola press release - June 18, 2012

High school journalism students from across the country will converge on Loyola University New Orleans this week to sharpen their reporting skills, work together in a unique educational environment and meet high-profile national news correspondents and executives. The national multicultural journalism program, commonly known as JCamp, is being conducted by the Asian American Journalists Association.

“We are honored to host these talented young journalists and to give them the opportunity to exercise their craft in New Orleans,” said Sonya Duhé, Ph.D., director of the School of Mass Communication.

JCamp, held June 19-24, will consist of interactive workshops, hands-on training and field trips, as well as guest speakers, including Mara Schiavocampo of NBC News; Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent for “CBS Evening News”; Hoda Kotb, former WWL-TV news anchor and current “Today” co-anchor and “Dateline NBC” correspondent; and Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president of The McClatchy Company.

The camp curriculum is centered on its commitment to fostering newsroom diversity, solid journalistic ethics and networking and career mapping opportunities. The program is in conjunction with the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual convention, which is being held in downtown New Orleans.

“We are really excited for this year’s class of JCampers to get a taste of academic life at Loyola while they are learning more about the profession of journalism,” said AAJA National President Doris Truong. “New Orleans has so many stories, and the students will be privileged to have easy access to the city from Loyola’s campus.”

Since the program started in 2001, a total of 459 of the nation’s brightest high school students have graduated from JCamp, which endeavors to develop the next generation of journalists. The students were selected in a competitive application process where academic achievement and journalistic talent are among the strongest considerations.

JCamp is by invitation only, but Loyola students interested in volunteering will be allowed to attend available sessions. For more information, contact Laura Beatty in the School of Mass Communication at labeatty@loyno.edu or 504-865-3431.

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