(Brooklyn, NY -June 26, 2006) – the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office saluted the late Andrew W. Cooper, founder and publisher of the award-winning Brooklyn-based Black newspaper The City Sun, with a proclamation of Andrew Wells Cooper Memorial Day in Brooklyn USA on June 22 during a reception for the Andrew W. Cooper Young Journalists in Training (YJIT) Program at St. Francis College.
The Andrew W. Cooper Young Journalists In Training (YJIT) Program, scheduled to be formally launched during the 2006-2007 academic year as a credited program at St. Francis College, offers diverse groups of students academic training, opportunities for internships and access to media decision-makers as they explore careers in journalism. YJIT honors Cooper’s legacy by encouraging young people to confront social injustice through journalism in the style of The City Sun, whose motto was “Speaking Truth to Power.” In 1977, Mr. Cooper also fo unded Trans Urban News Service (TNS), which focused on training Hispanic, Asian and female journalists as well as others underrepresented in the mainstream media. Andrea Andrews, daughter of Cooper, with her mother Jocelyn Cooper, his widow, established YJIT with St. Francis College.
YJIT includes three components, specifically training, lectures and internships. Working in collaboration with the college’s Office of Career Development, YJIT will connect participating students with opportunities to seek full-time jobs in the media industry. For more information about the Andrew W. Cooper Young Journalists in Training Program, contact the Office of Development at St. Francis College, (718) 489-5483.