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YSU’s Jambar TV receives $100,000 gift

YOUNGSTOWN — Jambar TV, Youngstown State University’s student-run television news program, has received a $100,000 gift to expand and add a multi-platform software system for the newsroom from The Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation.

The donation will pay for the updated system that will allow students to get experience in an environment that mirrors the professional news setting many will enter after graduation, according to Monday’s announcement by the university’s philanthropic arm, the YSU Foundation.

The system also will provide the opportunity to add a television studio to the Jambar newsroom in Kilcawley Center.

Jambar TV was launched in August 2019 to provide YSU students with more opportunities to access news about campus activities and provide additional real-world experience for media students. The show is produced by the same editorial staff that publishes the print edition of The Jambar and the digital version at thejambar.com.

It was awarded first place last year by the Society for Collegiate Journalists in the category of “Television News Show, Overall Excellence.”

Said James H. Sisek, trustee of the Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation, “Jane would be pleased to assist YSU students with careers in journalism. Education was important to her.”

Lamb was a well-respected columnist and reporter for The Vindicator her entire career. She was prominent in charitable and civic pride throughout the community, especially covering children’s activities.

The foundation at the start of viral outbreak in March gave $50,000 to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to provide food for area school children.

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