In a collaboration that will give Suffolk University students an opportunity to work directly with journalism professionals, The Boston Herald will produce its new Press Party online media analysis program at the University’s Studio 73.
Students will be involved in every facet of the show, including production of broadcast segments, person-on-the-street interviews, studio taping and other activities that give them professional video news production experience.
“By putting our Communication and Journalism students to work in our studio, we are able to give them the real-world experience that will help them launch their careers after they graduate,” said Suffolk University President James McCarthy. “We are delighted to enter this partnership with The Boston Herald and appreciate that the Press Party staff will be imparting their news wisdom and expertise to a new generation.”
Press Party, hosted by Herald columnist Joe Battenfeld, looks at how the media covers local, national and international events. It is shown online at 7 p.m. Friday evenings, with the show premiering on March 22 on Bostonherald.com.
Bob Rosenthal, chair of Suffolk University’s Communication and Journalism Department, will be a panelist on the inaugural show, and viewers are invited to extend the conversation with the panelists through the “After Party” online gathering place.
“Press Party is a natural next step as we continue to extend the Boston Herald brand,” said Boston Herald President and Publisher Patrick J. Purcell. “Herald reporters are in the thick of the scrum every day, so it is appropriate for us to turn a critical eye inward and evaluate the job we in the media are doing. Press Party will be a fun, enlightening and, most importantly, no-holds-barred discussion.”