Long Islanders aren’t the only ones benefiting from a newly established WSHU Public Radio Group Long Island News Bureau.
Thanks to the unique partnership between the NPR partner station and Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, outstanding undergraduate and graduate students now have the opportunity to work in paid supervisory and unpaid internship positions at the station, which is located within walking distance from the campus.
The partnership has been long in the making and will open up new opportunities for both the station and the school, as WSHU seeks to increase its Long Island news coverage and the Journalism School continues to expand its offerings.
“In the next few years our goal going forward is to expand our class offerings in audio and radio journalism so that we have a robust pool of students who are capable of going on to step two which is to become interns at WSHU,” Howard Schneider, the dean of the School of Journalism, said.
Students will work under the guidance of WSHU News Director Dan Katz and have opportunities to learn from WSHU’s award-winning Reporter Charles Lane and veteran New York City and Long Island Reporter Terry Sheridan.
Katz said the bureau will provide listeners with more daily news and in-depth feature stories that originate from Long Island.
On Feb. 12, the organizations celebrated the bureau launch at an event in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.
“It’s really nice getting to meet the people who made this possible,” Joseph Ryder, a current WSHU intern, said.
WSHU Public Radio began broadcasting classical music and NPR News on Long Island in 1987, and features popular NPR programing such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as its own regional news coverage and the classical music program Sunday Baroque.
“Journalism keeps changing but one thing I’m pretty certain of is that the public radio network is going to be an important part of the future of journalism,” Michael Oreskes, the Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director of NPR, said.
SOJ student Jessica Opatich’s feature piece on the Grumman Toxic Groundwater Plume aired on February 18th, and was picked up by WNYC, the largest NPR member station in the country. You can learn more and hear the piece here.
Katarina Delgado contributed reporting