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Archive for August 2016

The Democratic National Convention allows FPU junior to witness historic moments

By Maggie Bell ’18 At the Democratic National Convention I was able to witness some very historic moments, culminating with the nomination of the first female candidate to a major political party for president in the United States. While at the convention I went to the Women’s Caucus where Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria Parker, Nancy Pelosi, and other notable people, spoke about issues facing women in this year’s election. While […]

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From informing the nation to inspiring young journalists

by Maria Soraghan, Travis Fischer, Taylor Cameron, and Angelique Inchierca @Maria_Soraghan @TravisDFischer @TaylorrrCameron  @soccer2680 Marlin Fitzwater came to Franklin Pierce University for a student journalist interview during The Presidency and The Press Conference.  Fitzwater was the press secretary for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was the source of all vital information to the country and the one link between the President and the public.  At Franklin […]

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Fitzwater: Manipulation a fact of politics

by Megan Twitchell @MeganTwitchell Manipulation is a way for politicians to work the press in both positive and negative connotations, suggests  Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary who served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. “You manipulate a little bit when you schedule a press conference for certain times.” Fitzwater says. “If it’s ten o’clock you’re giving them more time to deal with a story that has to go […]

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Today’s youth impress Marlin Fitzwater

by Jason Frank, Michelle Jarest and Oliver Ward @jp_frank99, @MichMeganJ, @Oliver_ward__ Today’s youth are more politically involved than they get credit for,Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary of the United States said, in a television interview with local high school students, on August 9. Fitzwater believes that youth in the country are well-informed about the world and care about the political process. He cited students attending FPU’s Presidency and the Press conference this week as an example. He […]

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David Valdez talks about his experience as a presidential photographer

by Anna Waldron and Oliver Ward @annakwaldron @Oliver_ward__ David Valdez shot many now iconic photos of George H.W. Bush and his family, during his four years as presidential photographer. His work appeared in such publications as Time, Newsweek, LIFE, and Forbes. He shot over 65,000 rolls of film during his time with the Bush’s, though he shoots all digital now, often preferring his iPhone. Valdez, one of only nine presidential photographers, spoke […]

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Profile: Marlin Fitzwater on his past, his White House experiences, and the future of rhetoric

By Meghana Reddy @meghanaredddy Highly acclaimed for his ability to tell the “unvarnished truth” former journalist and press secretary Marlin Fitzwater is the inspiration behind Franklin Pierce University’s communications program and a man all journalism students can learn from. Fitzwater made his debut as press secretary during Ronald Reagan’s final two years, continued on as the press secretary of George H.W. Bush, and serves today as a role model for press […]

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Fitzwater hesitantly declares vote for Trump

by Sophie Nikolenko and Michelle Jares @sophienikolenko and @MichMeganJ Marlin Fitzwater, former Press Secretary to President Reagan and H.W. Bush, hesitantly pledged his vote to Trump during an interview with Trent Spiner, Executive Editor for the Union Leader.   Fitzwater was reluctant to speak about this upcoming election. “I will not be actively involved with politics,” he said.   Fitzwater noted that a secret ballot does not exist today as it […]

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A grand is all it takes to run

by Megan Twitchell and Meghan McNamara @MeganTwitchell @MeghanMcNamara9 Every presidential candidate has to file for candidacy with the secretary of state’s office to get on the ballot in New Hampshire. Candidates only have to be 35 years old and be naturally born citizens. They also have to pay a $1000 filing fee by either bank check or cash. “It’s always exciting when the major nominees come in,” Deputy Secretary David Scanlon […]

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Social media journalism and The Boston Herald are taking big steps

by Adam Minahan and Grace Cameron @AdamMinahan and @gracie_camie The Presidency and The Press delegates and staff sat down with Boston Herald executives to discuss their expanding outlets and progress in the media world. The Herald is the oldest daily newspaper in the United States, still supplying the Boston area with a daily printed-paper, but it is quickly changing. “We are getting into everything now,” Joe Sciacca said, Editor in […]

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Interview heralds a new generation

by Sarah Eastland and Jason Frank @sarahxisabel @jp_frank99 Boston Herald radio spent an hour interviewing five students from FPU’s Presidency and the Press Program August 10. Sarah Eastland, Travis Fischer, Maddy Leonard, Grace Cameron, and Maria Soraghan talked about their political views and how they participate in the political process despite their ages. They shared stories about how they developed their own political opinions in a world that can be extremely […]

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Susan Adams educates students about mock elections

by Grace Cameron @gracie_camie Susan Adams, the New Hampshire Public Television’s Manager of educational Services, presented the Mock Election, explaining what it’s purpose is. The website, nationalmockelection.org, is not only used for mock election, but also for “Highlighting whatever [someone does] journalistically about politics…” said Adams. However, the main focus is the simulated vote. On the site, they display the data of the votes from the students and schools. They […]

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White House daily press briefings now obsolete says Gene Gibbons

by Sarah Eastland and Seth Facey @sarahxisabel and @seth_facey The reporter-politician relationship has broken down due to the lack of quality journalists reporting “for the right reasons,” said Gene Gibbons, former White House correspondent for Reuters. Today there is a previously unseen hostility between reporters and the White House press secretary, according to Gibbons, that impedes the job on both sides and only further creates distrust between Washington and the media.“Good solid […]

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