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October 23, 2018

Students in Lasell College's communication program met with leading journalism, government, radio, and public relations professionals on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The trip, which was nearly 100 percent subsidized by the College, brought a group of students studying communication to the nation's capital in search of career connections and guidance. The trip is an annual endeavor that was launched by Professor of Communication Janice Barrett, aimed at exposing students to the media industry and political communication careers in the D.C. area.

Accompanied by Assistant Professor of Communication Lauren Anderson and Associate Professor of Journalism Marie Franklin, the participating students began their trip with a visit to SiriusXM radio, where they met with Executive Producer Jon Albanese, watched the production of a show, and took a tour of the company.

Lasell students tour Sirius XM Radio in Washington, D.C.

"I love seeing our students thrive in a new city and put their communication skills to work," said Professor Franklin. "It was especially gratifying to watch my journalism students ask probing questions with great follow-ups to all the professionals we met."

"It was rewarding to see the students interact with industry leaders at such a professional level," said Professor Anderson. 

A packed schedule additionally took them to kglobal, a public and media relations organization, as well as the National Press Club and the office of Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, whose press secretary spoke with students about his job. 

Lasell students at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"This was a great way to network. The people we met and connected with had impressive backgrounds and it was so helpful getting to talk to them in this setting," said Megan Palumbo '19. "The trip has given me new contacts to use during my last year at Lasell, and again when I graduate in May."

"As a professor, I love to see [my students'] skills live outside of the classroom," said Franklin. "That's what Connected Learning is all about."

Lasell students visit Congressman Joe Kennedy's office and meet his press secretary in Washington, D.C.