Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

Welcome to the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

Named for the national press secretary for two U.S. Presidents, the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University is a world-class center for teaching civic engagement through public communication. Home to the university’s nationally recognized polling operation and the Pierce Media Group, the Fitzwater Center sponsors programs like the annual Fitzwater Medallion Awards, which brings influential media leaders to campus to engage with students, and The Presidency and the Press, a summer journalism intensive for high school students. The Fitzwater Center’s facilities enable Franklin Pierce students to write, film, edit and produce programming for student-run television, radio, print and digital media outlets.


PoliticsFitzU is our student media organization that covers political news and events throughout the Granite State, including presidential campaign events in the first-in-the-nation primary, national party conventions, and even inaugural events at the White House. PoliticsFitzU students host Pizza and Politics, a series of on-campus conversations between community members and presidential candidates.

Franklin Pierce University partners with the Boston Herald, NBC10/NECN/Telemundo, and veteran pollster R. Kelly Myers to conduct political polls in the runup to the presidential election. Students participate in survey design, data collection and analysis, and media relations. Up-to-date polling results and analysis can be found on our website. Student and faculty commentators can be available to the press through the contacts listed below.

The Fitzwater Center is a founding partner of the Granite State News Collaborative, a statewide multimedia news collaborative whose members work together to add dimension and depth to reporting on issues of concern to the New Hampshire public as a whole, and to individual communities. Fitzwater students have contributed research, writing, analysis and production services to support this collaboration.

About Franklin Pierce University

The Fitzwater Center is a founding partner of the Granite State News Collaborative, a statewide multimedia news collaborative whose members work together to add dimension and depth to reporting on issues of concern to the New Hampshire public as a whole, and to individual communities. Fitzwater students have contributed research, writing, analysis and production services to support this collaboration.

Franklin Pierce University is an accredited private university in New Hampshire that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. The University includes a 1200-acre residential campus in Rindge, N.H., as well as centers in Manchester, Lebanon and Portsmouth, N.H. and Goodyear, Ariz. Students in the College of Business, the College of Health and Natural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences earn degrees through the doctoral level in classroom-based and online programs. Franklin Pierce is a NCAA Division II institution, with 24 varsity athletic teams for men and women.

Drawing on our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer highly personalized, financially accessible academic programs that develop essential professional skills, promote close community connections, and help students realize their potential to become engaged and qualified leaders.


Video

Nalina Shapiro is a News Reporter and Anchor for WIVB-TV CBS in Buffalo, NY and a 2010 graduate of Franklin Pierce University. In this video, she explains how her Franklin Pierce education helped launch her successful broadcasting career.

Mass Communication, Stephen Keimig '16

Stephen: Broadcast Journalism

Kyle: Communication

Mass Communication, Kyle Provost '05

Mass Communication, Dan Desrochers '08

Alumni Filmmakers

Mass Communication, Dan Desrochers '08

Dan: Social & Media Manager

CONTACT Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

Dr. Kristen Nevious
Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication
(603) 899-1039
neviousk@franklinpierce.edu
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.