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".
Generous support by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation provides free registration for one (three students/one teacher) team per county. If seats are available, others can attend for only $465. Partial scholarships are available. Please contact Dr. Kristen Nevious at (603) 899-1039 for more information.
"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