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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Mayor Booker Meets Monday at NJIT With 6 Cub Reporters from Summer Program

Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker will participate in a mock press conference on Monday, July 25 at 4 p.m. in GITC 1400, with 25 students in NJIT’s Upward Bound program. The students, from mostly Newark, ages 15-17, are studying journalism in a five-week summer broadcast media and journalism course. Goals include learning how to improve their writing, interview dos and don’ts plus more. Earlier this week in preparation with meeting with the Mayor, they practiced in a mock press conference with members of the NJIT basketball team.

The 45-minute mock interview will include an interview with the Mayor. Six  students elected by the class will conduct the interviews. Quiara Watson-Harris, East Orange; Amber Brown, Newark; LaTosha Randolph, Newark; Marcus Harris, Newark, Ayana Neal, Newark, Ibn Hassan, East Orange, will conduct the interview. Following the interview, students will ask questions focused on education. Later they will work on short individual summaries of the event.

(ATTENTION EDITORS: To join the press conference with the Mayor and students, please call Sheryl Weinstein at 973-596-3433 for details.)   

“We hope to see the students inspired by watching this interview,” said Anthony Culpepper, assistant director for the Upward Bound Program.

Course instructors are Randall Benjamin, who works for CBS as a technical supervisor, Brandon Robinson, a freelance sports writer and recent Hofstra University graduate and Raymond Clinkscale, a recent Kean University graduate and Upward Bound alum. The class was created to teach students interested in broadcast and print media. The goal is to help students realize media’s reach and influence in every aspect of society in the 21st century.

The Upward Bound program has been funded by the US Department of Education as a TRIO program at NJIT for more than 20 years. The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects. For more information please visit  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html

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