Andrea Asuaje (COM’17) was in the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Monday evening, the first night of the Democratic National Convention, reporting for the Boston University News Service as protesters, many of them Bernie Sanders supporters, loudly booed speakers like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. When First Lady Michelle Obama came to the stage, Asuaje says she expected a similar reaction from the protestors. She was wrong.
“Earlier in the night, the speakers were competing for attention over the protesters,” says Asuaje, managing editor for the BU News Service. “But when Michelle spoke, it was almost electric. People loved her speech. The whole room was enamored by her.”
Asuaje is one of five COM students covering the four-day Democratic National Convention, which wraps up tonight. They are joined by BU News Service’s faculty advisor Michelle Johnson, a College of Communication associate professor of journalism. Last week, Asuaje was in Cleveland, Ohio, with two other students reporting from the Republican National Convention. The students’ work is being published on the BU News Service website and its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.