presidency and the press

A Conference for High School Media
July 13 – July 17, 2013

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication believes firmly that robust and open debate is essential to the health of our nation’s democracy. To ensure the future of that debate, we are dedicated to educating leaders of conscience in public communication. This conference reaches out to our nation’s high school media. In one short five day span, we will introduce some of the country’s most engaged youth to the dynamics of presidential election politics, the role of the media who cover it, and the relationship between the two. Every speaker, every tour, every interview is designed to give these young people the skills and information they need for full participation in the Presidential Election.

The five days promise to be full ones. The days start with a morning press gaggle, at which time the students will be advised of the final schedule and drop-in/call-in guests. Action then moves into the newsroom, where work will continue on the conference’s on-line newspaper. The middle of the day is devoted to briefings, which are followed by dinner at the Press Club and “Off-the-Record” conversations on issues, personalities and careers with state and national media and political figures.

The students are here to learn. They will be assigned to a beat, working the conference as reporters, producers, bloggers, photographers, and videographers for print and electronic media. Students will work on stories, complete interviews, and wrap up news packages under the guidance of experienced faculty and university students. The Fitzwater Center Briefings, the conference’s on-line newspaper, will showcase each student’s work. In addition, the world will be able to log onto the web and watch a Fitzcast of “The Presidency and The Press: The Week in Review”.

Thanks to a Dwinell Foundation grant, the cost of this program is only $435. Partial scholarships are available. Please contact Dr. Kristen Nevious at 603.899.1039 for more information.


Past participants came from...

Participatory High Schools over the past 5 years:

  • Abilene High School, Kansas
  • Academy of Notre Dame, New Hampshire
  • Austin Preparatory School, Massachusetts
  • Bedford High School, New Hampshire
  • Belmont High School, New Hampshire
  • Bloomfield High School, Connecticut
  • Boston Arts Academy, Massachusetts
  • Brattleboro Union High School, Vermont
  • Broadneck High School, Maryland
  • Broken Arrow Senior High School, Oklahoma
  • Caledonia-Mumford High School, New York
  • Charles Wright Academy, Washington
  • Clarkstown South High School, New York
  • Conant High School, New Hampshire
  • Concord High School, New Hampshire
  • Crefeld School, Pennsylvania
  • Dutch Fork High School, South Carolina
  • East Hampton High School, Massachusetts
  • East Lyme High School, Connecticut
  • Fredrick Douglas Academy, New York
  • Good Shepherd School, New Hampshire
  • Gorman High School, California
  • Hawthorne High School, New Jersey
  • Highland High School, New Mexico
  • High Mowing School, New Hampshire
  • Home schooled, Massachusetts
  • Home schooled, New Hampshire
  • Keene High School, New Hampshire
  • King Philip Regional High School, Massachusetts
  • Kingswood Regional High School, New Hampshire
  • Lancaster County Day School, Pennsylvania
  • Londonderry High School, New Hampshire
  • Manchester Central High School, New Hampshire
  • Manchester High School West, New Hampshire
  • Merrimack High School, New Hampshire
  • Nashoba Regional High School, Massachusetts
  • Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Massachusetts
  • Nashua High School, New Hampshire
  • Pinkerton Academy, New Hampshire
  • Rye High School, Massachusetts
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Tennessee
  • Saddlebrook High School, New Jersey
  • Souhegan High School, New Hampshire
  • Stevenson High School, Illinois
  • Tremper High School, Wisconsin
  • Walpole High School, Massachusetts
  • Washington High School, South Dakota
  • West Fargo High School, North Dakota
  • West Henderson High School, North Carolina
  • Whitman Hanson Regional High School, Massachusetts

Testimonials...

I had a wonderful time.  It really opened my eyes to more professions then I knew about in the communications field. I enjoyed being able to do the various jobs; my favorite was the videographer.  That role was truly eye-opening for someone who loves movies as much as I do.  Because of that day, I am now thinking of being a videographer, be in the newsroom or Hollywood.  I also liked listening to the speakers… they offered unique views into a career realm that I had little knowledge of before the conference.”—New Hampshire student  

“Thank you for inviting me to Rindge for such an amazing workshop. What a wonderful thing you, Marlin Fitzwater and your student staff are doing for high school students.  I was impressed!”—New Mexico teacher

“I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of that whole experience.  Marlin Fitzwater was really an amazing guy and I thought it was very cool to meet someone with his experience and see things from an entirely different view.  I have also had the pleasure to stay in touch with a few of the people that I met that week.  Before I attended, I had not even considered any type of communications related jobs, but during that week, it opened my eyes to many other areas that I never even considered.”—Home schooled student