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Hofstra Student Journalists to Report from Republican and Democratic Conventions

Student journalists from award-winning campus station WRHU Radio Hofstra University 88.7 FM at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication will be reporting on site at the upcoming Republican and Democratic presidential conventions this month.

Four students will attend the conventions as members of the credentialed media, working alongside some of the most respected journalists in the world from major media outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, The New York TimesUSA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

“Our student journalists get to cover some of the most exciting and important news of the day at both of these political conventions,” said John Mullen, WRHU Director of Operations. “They will meet and interview many politicians and leaders from all over America. It’s an incredible opportunity for college students starting out their careers.”

The WRHU staffers will produce long form and short form reports and interviews, which will air on WRHU 88.7 FM and  Convention coverage will air weekday mornings from 7-9 am during “Morning Wake Up Call,” weekday afternoons from 5:30-6 pm during “Newsline,” and weeknights at 8:00 pm during special convention programming.

The student attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18-21, 2016 is:

Bernie Dennler 1Bernie Dennler, WRHU Station Manager and senior journalism/political science double major from Colchester, Conn.  Follow him on Twitter: @bwdiii

The students attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Penn., from July 25-28, 2016 are:

Sean Bates 1Sean Bates, WRHU Assistant News Director and senior broadcast journalism major from Medford, NY. Follow him on Twitter: @ArcaneArcanine

Jessica Ma 1Jessica Ma, WRHU Assistant News Director of Reporting and senior journalism major from Upper Saddle River, NJ.  Follow her on Twitter: @jsyma9205

Juliana Spano 1Juliana Spano, WRHU Programming Director of Talk and senior Rhetorical Studies major with a concentration in Political Communications from Smithtown, NY. Follow her on Twitter: @julianaspano

WRHU also sent student reporters to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles, when Hofstra hosted back-to-back presidential debates on campus.

Four Hofstra students are also interning at the conventions this summer as part of a seminar sponsored by The Washington Center.   Attending the GOP convention in Cleveland are Ashley Guido, a senior political science and history major, and Rebecca Marks, a sophomore political science major.   Rita Cinquemani, a sophomore majoring in accounting and political science, and Steven Eareckson, a senior studying political science and history, will be at the DNC convention.


Check out a sampling of the students’ coverage during the RNC and DNC:

Juliana Spano, Jess Ma and Sean Bates’ interviews

Bernie Dennler interviews Susan Campbell Reneau

Bernie Dennler interviews Former NY Senator Al D’Amato

Bernie Dennler interviews Dane Waters Founder Delegates

Bernie Dennler interviews Melissa Harris-Perry

Bernie Dennler interviews Dan Rather

Bernie Dennler interviews former RNC Chairman Michael Steele


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