“As the largest comprehensive public university system in the nation, we believe we can have a tremendous impact,” said Lane Filler, Chief Communications Officer for the State University of New York. “Our students will gain essential hands-on learning experiences AND we will provide professionally edited local content to struggling local news platforms.”
The Champions Project partners Claflin University with Orangeburg’s daily newspaper, The Times and Democrat. Student journalists learn from Claflin courses in journalism and publish their work in a professional news outlet and help sustain Orangeburg’s historic paper, Dr. Luis Almeida, professor and interim chair of Claflin’s Department of Mass Communications said.
Professor Hilary Gamble launched her university’s community news program in the fall of 2023 after attending a news training sponsored by the Center for Community News at Louisiana State University.