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A Warner University professor and student visited the White House last Thursday, September 24, after being invited as part of the first known delegation representing college radio.

Associate Professor of Communication Timothy Craig and junior Jalen Rushing, a Communication major from Clewiston, Fla., were part of a six-college delegation that included about 15 students and professors participating in this special media day. The group was given press credentials and able to sit in small group sessions where then interviewed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Assistant to the President Cecilia Munoz and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett.

“This was a great opportunity for one of our students to get a glimpse of working media and the White House,” said Dr. Craig, who is in his 18th year at Warner University. “The dynamic of interviewing policy makers is like being in a live laboratory that cannot be replicated in the classroom.”

“I saw this as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Rushing. “I was able to interact with people I read about in the media as well as the chance to meet other college students like me from around the country. This experience has definitely brought what I heard in class to life.”

The group interviewed the White House staff on a variety of issues, including college affordability, college safety, violence against women, and student media. These interviews will be broadcast on the “College Radio White House Special” simulcast on College Radio Day, Oct. 2.

College Radio Day, now in its fifth year, is a one-day, nationwide celebration of the unique power of student-run radio.