Boston University News Release

6th December, 2004

Boston University Wins Innovation Award for Course Covering Democratic Convention

(Boston) — Boston University’s Journalism Department has been declared a winner from the presidential campaign season. A one-of-a-kind course in which students covered the Democratic National Convention has been named the most creative and innovative program of 2004 by the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS).

What department chairman Prof. Bob Zelnick called “the ultimate practicum in political reporting” was awarded the Most Outstanding Credit Program of 2004 citation by the NAASS, an organization of collegiate summer-school administrators, at its recent annual meeting. The awards have been given since 1978.

The program was split into four separate four-credit courses: political reporting; photography; Web and television; and photo editing and design. Along with classroom work, students produced print and photo coverage for news outlets nationwide via the States News Service, and stories for Hearst-Argyle TV stations in California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. They also maintained a Web site ( documenting Boston’s first political convention.

Co-sponsored by BU’s College of Communication and BU Summer Term, the award-winning program enrolled 67 students, including 16 from schools other than BU. Several students were offered jobs as a result of their course work.

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. The College of Communication has more than 2,500 students enrolled in its Departments of Journalism, Film and Television, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.

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