Two Berry College journalists took part in a national conference call this week with President Barack Obama.
Viking Fusion Executive News Producer Sydney Kelly and Assistant News Producer Alex Middleton waited on pins and needles Monday as the White House arranged the conference call with hundreds of student journalists across the nation.
Kelly dialed into the conference at the appointed time and then waited patiently explaining to her viewers watching live on Viking Fusion what was happening. When the president first spoke, a smile spread across Kelly’s face.
Reporters from Radford University in Virginia, the University of Wisconsin, Penn State University and UCLA were chosen to ask questions. During the call, Obama spoke about student debt issues and his effort to increase the number of college graduates. The text of the call can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/27/remarks-president-conference-call-with-college-and-university-student-jo.
When the president announced he was out of time, Kelly was disappointed but still excited about the experience.
“I was nearly in tears last night because I was so stressed out.” said Kelly, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga. But when the news conference started, she said the adrenalin kicked in. “I was like ‘I’m a journalist, I can do this!’”
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