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Boston University Journalism Students to Cover 2012 Olympic Games

July 11th, 2012 in College of Communication, News Releases, Student News, Study Abroad 0 comments

CONTACT: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Student journalists from Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) have arrived in London to begin their local lens coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games for six New England news organizations. These 14 students will provide multimedia coverage, including videos, tweets and blog updates, from a newsroom set up in BU’s London complex in South Kensington, London, UK for outlets including The Boston Globe, WBZ-TV and WBUR-FM.

The participating students, who arrived in London July 2nd, will complete three weeks of training prior to the beginning of the Games. Students will study the history of the Olympics with an in-depth look at the seismic changes in Olympics coverage such as real-time video streaming of events and 3D broadcasts. In addition, they will receive an overview of the current organization, visit Olympic event sites, and conduct interviews with organizers and journalists, including Stephen Mitchell, deputy director of BBC News and head of multimedia programs.

Stories to be covered include profiles of Boston and New England-based Olympians and their families and sidebar features about New England’s role in the 2012 Olympic Games. BU intern-correspondents will go for the gold with coverage that starts before the Games and runs through the closing ceremonies on August 12th.

“Consider this Olympic-level training for the online journalists of tomorrow. Our students will navigate an international news and sports event and collaborate with each other to blog, videotape and photograph Olympic stories. Viewers will get beyond the network, finish line coverage of their favorite local Olympians, watching when and what they want online.” said Susan Walker, associate professor of journalism and director of the London Olympics program. “Our partnering news outlets have welcomed the added value of BU’s students contributing on the ground coverage of local athletes to supplement their online and on air coverage.”

The London Olympics program is sponsored by the College of Communication and Boston University’s Study Abroad office.

News websites that will showcase BU student work beginning July 27th are:


The Boston Globe:


Go Local Providence:

Metro West Daily News:

Go Local Worcester:

In addition, their work will also be featured on the Boston University London Olympics site: www.bujournalism.com/olympics2012.  Biographies of the students covering the Olympics can be found here: www.bu.edu/com/academics/journalism/semester-at-the-summer-olympics-2012.

Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication (COM) specializes in Film and Television, Journalism, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, COM integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. COM’s faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.


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Veteran NECN Anchor R.D. Sahl Joins BU Faculty

November 19th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

R.D. Sahl

R.D. Sahl

Long-time New England Cable News (NECN) anchor R. D. Sahl will join the journalism department at Boston University beginning in January 2011. Sahl, who brings to BU 40 years of broadcast journalism experience, will remain at NECN as a special contributor.

“It’s been my privilege to be part of NECN for more than 13 years. This newsroom has been an important part of my life and my career, but it’s time for me to turn a page. That turn takes me to Boston University’s Department of Journalism. I’ve picked up a few lessons over the last 40 years, and I hope to bring those lessons to the classroom,” said Sahl.

“Our students will be the beneficiaries of R.D. Sahl’s career in which he epitomized the kind of accurate, objective and compelling reporting that we believe is so critical for students to learn in the frantic age of digital journalism. He not only brings a legacy of local, national and international reporting to our classrooms, but also his reputation as a trusted news anchor familiar to literally millions of NECN viewers across the six New England states,” said Tom Fiedler, Dean of Boston University’s College of Communication (COM).

Sahl has anchored the NECN primetime news since 1997 and is the host of Right Now with RD Sahl and co-host of NECN Business and NECN Tonight. Sahl has earned multiple Emmy Awards for his reporting and anchoring and has covered every major story during his 15-year tenure at NECN, including the attacks on 9/11, the clergy abuse crisis, and most recently the Haitian earthquake. During his tenure, Sahl has made numerous foreign trips with assignments in Haiti, Cuba, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

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Donald K. Wright Named Burson Professor and Chair in Public Relations

September 1st, 2010 in University News 0 comments

Donald K. Wright

Donald K. Wright

Boston University today announced that it has named Donald K. Wright the Harold Burson Professor and Chair in Public Relations. The appointment, effective for five years, was announced by Tom Fiedler, Dean of BU’s College of Communication (COM), who called Wright an internationally known professor, researcher and corporate communications consultant.

Established in honor of Harold Burson, Founder and Chairman of Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, the endowment that established the professorship and chair was funded by Burson-Marsteller, its employees and clients, and by Young and Rubicam, Burson-Marsteller’s former parent company.

According to T. Barton Carter, Chair of the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, the decision to have the Burson chair and professorship at BU demonstrates a strong reflection on the fact that the university enjoys an impressive reputation in public relations teaching and research.

Wright, who is in his fifth year as Professor of Public Relations, is one of the world’s most published public relations scholars. The majority of his research focuses upon communication ethics, employee communication and social media.

In addition to teaching, conducting scholarly and applied research, and lecturing in more than 30 countries on five continents, Wright has worked full-time in corporate, agency and university public relations, and has been a communications consultant for three decades working with a number of major corporate clients including Bayer, Fidelity Investments, Lockheed Martin, Nortel, Siemens, the U.S. Postal Service, United Technologies and Westinghouse.  Prior to moving to BU, Wright held faculty appointments at the Universities of Texas (at Austin), Georgia and South Alabama.

Wright serves on the boards of trustees of both the Arthur W. Page Society and the Institute for Public Relations.  He is a past president of the International Public Relations Association and is a Research Fellow of the Institute for Public Relations.  He is editor of Public Relations Journal, the quarterly, open-access, online, blind reviewed scholarly publication of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and also serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Public Relations Research and Public Relations Review and is director of two noted national professional development training programs for corporate and agency practitioners: the Public Relations Executive Forum and the Public Relations Leadership Forum.

Wright is the third BU faculty member to hold the Burson professorship and chair. The inaugural recipient was Otto Lerbinger, who taught public relations courses at BU for 50 years prior to his retirement in 2004 and held the Burson professorship and chair in 2003 and 2004. Chris Komisarjevsky, a former CEO of Burson-Marsteller, served in the position during the 2005-06 academic year.

The Harold Burson Professorship and Chair in Public Relations is one of two endowed professorships at COM.

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COM unveils new website

August 23rd, 2010 in University News 0 comments

Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) unveiled a new and improved website today.  Check it out here.

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BU COM Dean: Helen Thomas' departure 'long over-due'

June 9th, 2010 in Media 0 comments

Tom Fiedler, Dean of BU’s College of Communication and 2-time Pulitzer-winning former executive editor of The Miami Herald, discusses Helen Thomas‘ comments and calls her departure from the White House Press Corps “long over-due.”

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MET Awarded Distance Learning Silver Medal

May 12th, 2010 in University News 0 comments

Silver-medalMetropolitan College’s Master of Science in Health Communication program was awarded a Silver Medal for best Practices in Distance Learning Programming by the United States Distance Learning Association.  The Health Communication program is taught in conjunction with the College of Communication.  MET Dean Jay Halfond said:

“Our faculty and staff commit a substantial amount of time and talent in creating high-quality online courses. We have the reputation of a great university to protect and extend, and believe that programs like this reflect well on BU and provide degrees every bit as credible and valuable as those on campus.”

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