Participant in PCLI-funded journalism institute helps found student newspaper

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Photo by Scott Brinton/Herald
Michael Romero and Stuart Richner, at left, led a tour of Herald Community Newspapers for students from the Crescent School on Dec. 13. One of the students, Momna Choudry, front, left row, was inspired to suggest starting a student newspaper at the school by a summer institute at Hofstra University, partly funded by the Press Club of Long Island. 

As it has the past two years, the Press Club of Long Island helped to fund Hofstra University’s annual High School Summer Journalism Institute at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, and one student participant — Momna Choudry, of Valley Stream — suggested that the Crescent School in Hempstead, where she is now enrolled, start a student newspaper. And good news — the school did just that!

Momna recently brought her fellow members of the new newspaper club to Herald Community Newspapers, where one of the Institute co-directors, Scott Brinton, is executive editor. Brinton, PCLI’s president, has been an adjunct journalism professor at Hofstra for 10 years. His Institute co-director, Mario Gonzalez, is a full-time Hofstra professor.

The Institute, held this year in July, teaches the fundamentals of both print and broadcast journalism. Its primary funder this past summer was the Bernard and Sandra Otterman Foundation, whose executive director, Michael Otterman, gave a talk on why he believes journalism is such a critical profession.

Brinton, Herald Publisher Stuart Richner and his executive assistant, Michael Romero, led the students on the Dec. 13 tour, which included a look at the Heralds’ print shop. Good luck to Momna and her fellow student journalists in their new endeavor! Their first print issue is expected soon.

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