The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication - 15th Anniversary

Programs presented by the Fitzwater Center

The Fitzwater Center offers numerous programs that reach out to constituencies on campus, within the region and beyond to the national arena.

Tuesday Briefings
A public affairs television program web cast live from the Fitzwater Center television studios and featuring media, government, political, civic and business leaders discussing the leading issues of the day.

Political Polling
Students have immersed themselves in polling and political coverage of the 2015 Presidential Election and the 2008 Presidential Election. They have served as pollsters, pundits, reporters and news producers - and have earned widespread recognition for the quality of their work. With New Hampshire being first in the nation for general voting, this is a unique opportunity for our Fitzwater Center students.

The Presidency and the Press
An annual conference for high school media students that brings them to the Rindge campus to prepare them for full participation in national elections. Prominent state and national media and political figures work with the students and they are able to use the state-of-the-art media facilities in the Fitzwater Center.

First in the Nation
First in the Nation offers students numerous opportunities to participate in the presidential election process. The program includes new courses, an exchange of students for the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and the opportunity to cover the national conventions.

A career-oriented television program featuring professionals who talk with students about career trends, opportunities and preparation.

Fitzwater Honors
An annual award to recognize leadership in public communication. Awardees have included Victoria Clarke, former assistant secretary for define for public affairs and the architect of the embedded journalism program; Senator Chuck Hagel; Kenneth Walsh, White House correspondent for U.S. New & World Report; and Steve Scully, political director of C-SPAN and president of the White House Correspondents Association.

Visiting Fellows Program
Two-day on campus residencies in which prominent White House correspondents meet with students to discuss issues and provide coaching.

Fry Lecture
An annual lecture which brings to campus civic, business and educational leaders who can speak to issues facing the greater Monadnock Region.

Indie Lens Pop-Up film screenings
Indie Lens Pop-Up (formerly known as Community Cinema) is a partnership with PBS and NHPTV to brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries from the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws members of the campus community and the greater Monadnock region to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.

To learn more about the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, please contact:
Kristen D. Nevious, Ph.D., Director, Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication 603-899-1039 or

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