An Associated Press bureau chief will visit the WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism Tuesday (Nov. 13) to discuss the APs coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and to entice students to make the AP a career choice.
“The AP is the backbone of American journalism and we want people to be familiar with us,”said John Bolt, the Charleston-based West Virginia AP bureau chief.”I think its important that we maintain relations with journalism students.”
Charleston AP News Editor Brian Farkas will also be available to talk to students Tuesday. Bolt and Farkas will speak about the APs highly selective, 12-week, individually tailored internship program for students who are aspiring print, photo, graphics, broadcast and multimedia journalists.
Bolt also plans to present a brief visual program recounting the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and the AP’s response.
The two will speakers will address students in Dr. Terry Wimmers 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. classes, as well as Professor George Espers 5:30 p.m. class. Bolt also plans to meet individually with students interested in the APs internship program.
The AP, a world-wide news gathering cooperative dating from 1848, received praise and kudos from news organizations around the world for its coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks. It also was the only news organization in the nation to refrain from calling the Florida election in favor of Bush the night of the November 2000 elections.
“We held off even though there was a lot of pressure to make a call,”Bolt said.
Students can learn about reacting to disasters, as well as news integrity, while interning at the AP, Bolt said. Tuesdays visit will also allow him to maintain a strong relationship with the journalism program at WVU , he said.
“I think it is important for professional journalists at all levels to connect with journalism schools and students,”Bolt said.
Students interested in preliminary interviews with Bolt should contact Julie Cryser at the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, Room 112, for an appointment. Cryser can be reached at (304) 293-3505, extension 5403.
Full-time juniors, seniors or graduate students at an American college and university are eligible for the program. Up to 17 interns are selected each year.