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Mount Union Students Attend Conference in Washington D.C.

November 20, 2006

Washington D.C. welcomed over 160 students from all over the nation for a conference for college journalists November 9-11. Mount Union College had 5 representatives attending this conference.

Mark Bergmann, manager of WRMU-FM took senior media studies majors Kerri DiNarda of Louisville, Hollyanne Wetzel of Hinckley, Caroline Pillar of Cleveland, Cody Sutton of Bergholz and junior media studies major Jessica Eggan of Uhrichsville to the conference.

The students attended sessions on how to cover elections, Congress and the White House, got advice on how to launch a journalism career and got a tour of the Capitol. Students also had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with professionals in print, broadcast and public relations.

DiNarda, WRMU Program Director, said, 'Coming off of the election week with WRMU it was interesting to see election coverage on a national level. I hope to be the one in their shoes someday reporting on the elections.'

Speakers at the conference included Frank Sesno, CNN Special Correspondent and former Washington Bureau Chief; Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent for The Washington Times; Emily Heil, reporter for The Hill and Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and co-host of FOX News' Beltway Boys.

Each gave advice on how to break into the business and gave overviews of their day to day jobs and responsibilities.

'The conference was a great way to network with our peers and see people who are successful in careers we have all dreamt of since we were little,' said Eggan.

DiNarda participated in a summer internship program through the same organization, The Fund for American Studies.

'I think the Fund for American Studies does a great job bringing in speakers and balancing the social activities with educational speakers' said DiNarda.

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