POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 3:51pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb  and NBC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo will participate as guest speakers for a week long JCamp being held at Loyola University New Orleans.
The week long camp is devoted to high school students with a passion for journalism. Students from all over the country will learn from the best in the business beginning Tuesday, June 19.
“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.
The camp will include interactive workshops, hands-on training and field trips, as well as guest speakers. They include Mara Schiavocampo (NBC News), Hoda Kotb (Today Show), Byron Pitts (CBS Evening News), Anders Gyllenhaal (VP 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.