On July 17, 21st Century Fox launched a $500,000 Challenge Grant to Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism. The funds will support the activities of the School’s new Center for Innovation in Digital Media, which is designed to enable Hampton University students to learn about and explore new ways of gathering and distributing media content.
“This grant exemplifies 21st Century Fox’s continuing mission to cultivate and nurture the next generation of storytellers on all platforms,” said Julie Henderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of 21st Century Fox. “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.”
The Center’s mission is to foster diversity within digital media, providing the industry with broader ranks of innovative and competitive talent and aspiring entrepreneurs. The grant will cover, among other initiatives, 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.
“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,” said Brett Pulley, dean of the Scripps Howard School. “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.”
For more information on the grant, or to inquire about contributing, visit HamptonU.edu.