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  • E-News U. Contributor 8:56 pm on September 26, 2015 Permalink |  

    Xavier of La. president to address Hampton U. convocation 

    By Nia Warfield

    On Sunday Hampton University welcomes the president emeritus of Xavier University of Louisiana, Norman C. Francis, as he presents the keynote address for this year’s 73rd Annual Opening Convocation.

    Francis began his collegiate education as the first African-American student at Loyola University New Orleans. He went on to attend Loyola University Law School where he received his J.D. in 1955 and was the school’s first black graduate. Francis also received his B.A. from Xavier University, where he served as class president every year of his enrollment.

    At Xavier, Francis’ role as the nation’s longest-serving university president, 47 years, have earned him numerous national accolades and recognition in the HBCU community. Among these awards is the Presidential Medal of Freedom that he received in 2006. Both Hampton and Xavier have a long-standing history of camaraderie. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 multiple students were accepted at Hampton while Xavier recovered from the storm.

    Under Francis’ leadership, Xavier has grown to triple its enrollment numbers, supersede annual endowments, and receive national attention for its focus on the sciences, scholarly athletes, and rigorous graduation requirements. Francis will also be receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Hampton for his exemplary work and personal dedication to excellence.

    Because of Francis’ June retirement, Hampton’s William R. Harvey ascends to the rank of America’s longest-serving active university president at 37 years, since 1978.

    Convocation will take place in Ogden Hall at 10:45 a.m.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:39 am on September 15, 2015 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. journalism students introduced to Bloomberg way 

    By Nyaa Ferary

    The Wednesday night interview between Dean Pulley and Matthew Winkler was one of the more extensive productions orchestrated by Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The auditorium was so filled to capacity, students sat on stairs and along the walls. The lights were low with spotlights just on both men as they reminisced about being colleagues at the Wall Street Journal and how far news writing has come over the years.

    There was a great deal of information learned about Matthew Winkler in regards to his career, work ethic, and values. Winkler originally was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and he believed in the field of business journalism. There was no other newspaper at the time that could compete, said Winkler. But fast-forwarding a few years to a conversation with Michael Bloomberg, his career would take a huge leap in a new direction.

    The Bloomberg Company was the motherboard of all data dealing with finance and business. However, this information was not available to the public in a narrative way. Therefore, in 1990 Bloomberg News was created to fill that void. Winkler became editor-in-chief and co-founder of Bloomberg News. When recalling his big break, he said, “Luck begins when preparation meets opportunity.”

    Over 25 years, he has watched this branch of the company grow from a staff of four to thousand. Winkler has received over 800 awards for his work and now has the honorary title of editor-in-chief emeritus.

    The main take away from the interview was how being prepared and in the right moment at the right time can lead to greater success and opportunities. Winkler’s passion for news and love for business journalism were fostered at a young age.

    “If it isn’t true, it isn’t news,” Winkler told the audience. Multiple students asked questions on how Bloomberg News welcomes various social media platforms, and Winkler said, “We are potential weapons.” Furthermore, the true art of journalism can be compromised by the casual culture of social media and should be handled carefully.

    Winkler was a strong believer in getting the truth out to the public by following Bloomberg’s“5 Fs” – first word, factual word, fastest word, final word and future word, and with these tools, remaining creditable and successful are guaranteed.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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