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Feb. 20, 2015
Ben Nuelle, a senior multimedia journalism major at Northwest Missouri State University, was among a select group of students who recently attended the Freedom Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C.
Nuelle, a native of Higginsville, Mo., was selected to attend the seminar because of his outstanding participation last summer in the Institute on Political Journalism. The institute and seminar are sponsored by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), which is dedicated to preparing young people for leadership in their communities and the nation.
While in Washington, D.C., Nuelle also had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of National Public Radio, where he met Tracy Wahl, executive producer of “Morning Edition.” Nuelle serves as a local host for that program on KXCV 90.5 FM, Northwest’s award-winning, 100,000-watt NPR affiliate on the Northwest campus.
“Tracy took me on a tour of their studios where they do newscasts,” Nuelle said. “I also met David Greene, host of ‘Morning Edition,’ and Audie Cornish, host of ‘All Things Considered.’ I even got to sit in David Greene’s chair.”
Just 18 students, of a pool of about 300, were invited to attend the seminar, which included a roundtable discussion moderated by Georgetown University’s Dr. Richard Boyd and Loyola University Chicago’s Dr. Alexei Marcoux.
“The cool thing about TFAS is that you feel like a family while you’re there,” Nuelle said. “That’s one of the reasons I did the program last summer — because they made you feel part of something. I would definitely recommend this to other students. TFAS has given me some great opportunities and the networking is outstanding.”
Nuelle plans to return to Washington this summer and serve as program advisor for the Institute on Political Journalism.
The Fund for American Studies is an independent nonprofit educational organization based in Washington, D.C. It has sponsored educational programs for more than 40 years and works with various academic institutions of higher learning to accredit its courses. For more information, visit www.dcinternships.org.
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