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City Sun Founder Andrew W. Cooper Celebrated at St. Francis College’s “Journalist in Training” Event

(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.

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