Lynn students report from Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Five students will provide multimedia coverage on issues associated with higher education
Lynn students report from Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Published Aug. 21, 2012

With the 2012 Republican National Convention quickly approaching (Aug. 27-30), five Lynn University journalism students, both graduate and undergraduate, are preparing to travel by bus to report live from Tampa, Fla. The group will also attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. from Sept. 5-6.

Lynn College of International Communication faculty members David Jaffe and Andy Vermes will be on hand at both conventions.

"With Lynn preparing to host the final presidential debate on Oct. 22, these students will get a behind-the-scenes look into America's political process," said Jaffe, dean and professor of radio, television and internet media.

Historically, political conventions have been viewed as closed-door, exclusive events for donors and the party faithful, with little opportunity for the public to take part. However, this year’s conventions will be the most open and accessible in recent history.

Students report Live

Lynn students participating in this unique academic experience, Political Convention Reporting, represent various U.S. states and Latin America. Sophia Barrett, A.J. Mercincavage, Ricky Freebery, Patricia Lammle and Tammy Reyes will report on issues associated with higher education, and they will share their stories through various platforms including print, online, broadcast and social media. 

"One of the most exciting areas in journalism today is the impact of new technology on news coverage and the political process. It’s now possible for college journalists to cover events on an equal level with major news organizations,” said Jaffe. "The technology available to capture and deliver a print, e-version or broadcast quality story in 2012 is available to a low budget college news organization, as well as large media outlets, providing an opportunity to reach the increasingly significant college voter.”