2004 Democratic Primary: Unconventional Learning

in College of Communication, News Releases, Student News
January 27th, 2004

Contact: Alison Koski, 617/353-2240 | akoski@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) – Students in the journalism department of Boston University’s College of Communication have been traveling to New Hampshire to report alongside thousands of seasoned media professionals in the state for the 2004 Democratic Primary. Since January 20, a chartered bus of nearly 50 students has traveled daily to Manchester and throughout the Granite State.

Started by Professor Jim Thistle in 1992, the novel program allows students in print, photo, and broadcast journalism to experience covering the Primary for class credit. They are assigned projects in the first week of the semester that relate to the events in New Hampshire, and then attend candidate events, going head to head with professional media for interviews and in order to produce articles, broadcast packages, photos, and web items for class credit.

Adam Ostrowski, a senior Broadcast Journalism major from Glenville, NY, says of the experience, “The New Hampshire Primary is a great opportunity to get close to the candidates and ask the tough questions. It’s something very different from the normal classroom project.”

“I have always wanted to be a broadcast journalist and with this amazing opportunity of having the primaries so nearby, I couldn’t pass this up,” said Chelsea Hover, a senior broadcast journalism major from Newport Beach, CA.

Thistle, a former television news director, said, “This is an exciting and unique primary. The field is wide open and there are lots of candidates, giving the students the opportunity to experience real-life reporting on a subject of national significance.”

Results of the student’s work, including candidate interviews and a photo gallery, can be viewed at http://granite2004.bu.edu/.

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