More than 300 Long Island high school students participated in a day of panels and workshops and explored media-related careers with journalists and Hofstra faculty from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at this year’s annual High School Press Day. Marc Oppenheim, associate dean for student affairs at the Herbert School, welcomed students, telling them: “We are empowering you to become storytellers.”
Pete McCarthy ’06, host of WOR Sports Zone and Mets on Deck, shared his experiences in sports broadcasting, including working for MLB.com and covering several World Series games.
“If I can give you any advice about college, it’s to find a passion. Devote your time to a club or cause and figure out what you love,” he said.
The day’s events also included a panel discussion about how diversity impacts the media. Panel members included Newsday reporter Keith Herbert, NBC News reporter Pei-Sze Cheng, Hofstra Department of Religion professor Hussein Rashid, and Hofstra Department of Journalism professor Kristal Brent Zook. It was moderated by journalism professor Peter Goodman.
Students also got a tour of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, including a studio, a multi-media converged newsroom called the News Hub, and the campus radio station, WRHU-88.7 FM.
Press Day ended with several concurrent workshops, including Photojournalism and Graphic Design, Social and Digital Media Reporting, Investigative Journalism, Sports Journalism, and Building Your Brand. Each presentation covered different elements of the work force.
NBC News reporter Pei-Sze Cheng explained that her work “always starts with a question. It’s about having curiosity.”
By Jordan Heiden ’17