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Student reporter's story picked up by local paper

3/9/2011 —

Early in their careers, many journalists use their college newspaper as a resource to hone their reporting skills. For first-year journalism student Wesley Herrmann, it also led to his first non-campus byline and front page story. His recent story for the State of the Valley campus newspaper was picked up by the Southern Lehigh Tribune, which covers local news for the area around the Lehigh Valley campus.


Herrmann's story covers the visit of the University Board of Trustees to the Lehigh Valley campus scheduled for this July. It will be the first time in more than twenty years that the Board will hold its annual meeting at the campus, and the first time most of the Board will see the new Center Valley location, which it voted to purchase in 2009.


The Southern Lehigh Tribune discovered Herrmann's story when its editor-in-chief, Judd Wilson, visited the campus' newspaper writing class. The story ran on the front page of the February 26 issue.


"Having my article published by a local news source means a lot to me. It is the first time one of my articles has been published in a non-school related newspaper," says Herrmann, a Hellertown native. "In the future, I hope to use this article in my portfolio to help me land a job as a journalist."


Herrmann plans to transfer to University Park after his sophomore year to continue his journalism studies. He hopes to parlay his skills into a career as a hockey reporter.


To view the story and the Southern Lehigh Tribune, log on to www.solehi.com.


For more information, please contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or e-mail aag18@psu.edu

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