U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Writing Across Platforms Class

Students Practice Interviewing Skills, Deadline Writing

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) had the chance to practice their interviewing skills on a U.S. Senator on March 30, 2016.

Professional-in-Residence Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winner and nationally syndicated columnist, invited U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (her husband) to visit her Writing Across Platforms Class. Students were assigned to research for his visit, cover his talk like a news conference, and then file a deadline story before class was over.

Writing Across Platforms is one of the first classes students take for all majors within JMC. The students have been working on interviewing and deadline writing for weeks, and Schultz said she was very proud of how they handled the exercise.

“I told my students before Sherrod arrived, every elected official and campaigning politician will try to steer the discussion to what they want to talk about,” Schultz said. “It is our job to ask them about what we know voters and constituents have a right to know. I was so proud of my students. They did just that.”

Schultz joined the College of Communication and Information as professional-in-residence at the start of the Spring 2016 semester. She also teaches Feature Writing. Schultz graduated from Kent State with her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1979, and is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. 

POSTED: Friday, April 1, 2016 - 10:14am
UPDATED: Friday, April 1, 2016 - 6:14pm