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WNYC Video Stars Baruch Students

Part of National Public Radio's National Conversation

What it Means to be An American Now?"

Baruch College students were featured in National Public Radio's A Nation Engaged" project, which seeks to shine a light on the countless different voices throughout America expressing identity and politics during the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated U.S. Presidential election in November.

Produced by radio station WNYC, the video segment showcases the personal stories and opinions of seven Baruch journalism students who answered the question "What does it mean to be an American now?"

Posted on WNYC's Facebook page, the video has attracted more than 130,000 views.

The participating journalism students are Erlin Guerrero, Sheila Haya, Shelly Ho, Michelle Nys, Adam Raabe, Ashley Somwaru, and Philip Torres.

The WNYC video grew out of a week-long visit to the journalism department by Jim Schachter, vice president of News at WNYC Radio. Schachter was the fall 2016 Ratner Distinguished Visiting Journalist. This program brings distinguished journalists to Baruch College's Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions each semester to work with and mentor students.

Schachter was so impressed with Baruch's journalism students that he proposed including them in a WNYC video feature being planned for National Public Radio's "A Nation Engaged" project, said Professor Vera Haller, who coordinated the arrangements. The participating students are enrolled in the Multimedia Reporting class taught by Professor Emily Johnson.

The video session turned into a real learning experience for the students," said Professor Haller.They were able to not only watch the WNYC professionals create the video in their midst but also be part of an important national conversation happening in America today."






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