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NESCom & Maine Chapter of SPJ Present Free Screening Of Obit Documentary

The Maine Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the New England School of Communications present a free screening of the documentary OBIT on Thursday, November 9th 6:30pm at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. The award-winning documentary about the team of writers at the New York Times who craft unequaled obituaries.

The screening will be hosted by Maine Public’s Irwin Gratz.
Special thanks to River City Cinema.

Society of Professional Journalists Host Screening of Tickling Giants

The Society of Professional Journalists at Husson University will host a free screening of the documentary Tickling Giants on Wednesday, April 19th 7pm in Libra Lecture Hall.

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef created the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.

Tickets to the screening are free but you can RSVP in advance HERE

For more information on the film, visit

Maine WWII Veterans’ Interviews To Be Featured In Library Of Congress


As part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP), interviews with four of Maine’s WWII veterans were recorded and sent to the Library’s collection. The interviews were conducted by students in New England School of Communications’ Journalism Program at Husson University. A news conference featuring the four participants will be held on campus May 2nd at 11:00AM at the Wildey Communications Center. The local media are invited to the event to learn more about the project and talk to the Veterans and students.

Veterans Galen Cole, Norman Rossignol, Paul Wilbur, and Harold Beal were contacted through Cole Land Transportation Museum and interviewed at Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom). Rossignol, a Bangor vet who served in World War II and the Korean War, when asked what he learned in the military responded, “It made me value life… I’m not rich, but I’m comfortable.”

The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center is an oral history program that preserves audio and video recorded interviews of America’s wartime veterans.

Journalism Students Harness New Technology For Broadcasts

At the New England School of Communications at Husson University, finding ways to push technology in journalism is part of our mission. Last week students experimented with broadcast quality and signal feed challenges using an iPad as a camera that can send a live feed back to the station using Skype. Students can now use the new Talk Show Skype TX hardware, which has been installed in the NESCom Video’s Master Control that allows for broadcasters to harness Skype technology with improved audio and video for broadcast.

For the same newscast, students fired up the new robotic camera and lighting in the newsroom for internal remotes. As with many live broadcast situations using new technology, there were challenges but the students worked through them to deliver the broadcast.  Here are some pics showing the new set-ups.


NESCom Alum Robert Nesbitt Nominated For Three Boston/New England Emmys

New England School of Communications Journalism graduate Robert Nesbitt (’11) has been nominated for 3 Boston/New England Emmy awards for his work at WCSH 6 in Portland, ME. The nominees for the 38th Boston/New England Emmys were announced today in Dedham, MA.

Nesbitt has been nominated in the following categories:

Inmate Artist WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

Bone Marrow Brothers WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

Wheel Chair Dog WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

The 38th Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony will take place Saturday, May 30th.

WHSN Wins 3 Maine Association of Broadcasters Awards


Students of the New England School of Communications were recognized with 3 awards at the 2013 Maine Association of Broadcasters awards dinner Saturday night. The awards, a part of the MAB’s annual fall convention, are open to all radio and television stations state-wide. The awards received are all for student-produced content that has aired on 89.3 FM, WHSN.

Journalism student Tim Stitson placed 2nd in News Feature in the state of Maine for his piece on the beloved Husson University Dining Services employee affectionately known as “Grandma Husson”.

The 3rd annual “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tale of Mystery and Imagination”, which aired in October of 2012, won second place in the Locally Produced Program category. The annual tradition which revisits the days of radio theater, highlights the work of Poe with classic radio theatre and live-performed sound effects. This is not the first time the “Poe Show” has been recognized. The 2011 installment won a first place award from the Broadcast Education Association.

In the Public Affairs category, 2013 Radio Broadcasting graduate Nick Jacobs received a first place award from the MAB for his public affair program “Community Connections”. Jacobs’ episode of the long-running WHSN series featured the work of Spruce Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people affected by domestic abuse.

Student staff of WHSN accepted the awards at the annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta.

NESCom Journalism Program to Provide Election Coverage

In the coming week, the NESCom journalism program will provide the community with election coverage in the following ways:

1) A special edition of NESCom Connection will be aired Friday, appearing on campus cable channel 5, to provide pre-election information on the major races (Presidential, Maine U.S. Senate and U.S. House, 5 referendum questions, and the state legislative races for Penobscot County).

2) WHSN-FM (89.3)  is offering pre-election information on those same races and questions throughout this week.

3) The campus online newspaper, The Spectator, will be regularly updated with election coverage information. It can be accessed at

4) On election night, WHSN-FM and campus cable channel 5 will air live updates at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.,10 p.m.,11 p.m., and 12 p.m. Those same returns will be posted and updated through the course of the evening at

The students and instructors hope this coverage will be a service to the campus community before and after the voting.  For more information, please contact NESCom Director of Journalism Mark Kelley, Ph.D. at

Students & staff document 10/11/12 as “A Day In The Life of NESCom”

On October 11th, the New England School of Communications asks students, staff and faculty to document their day from morning to night in order to capture the NESCom experience. Throughout 10/11/12, cameras could be found all over, carried by shutterbugs left and right. There was however one particular shutterbug who took it one step further.

Spencer Roberts and his GoPro hat

Spencer Roberts, a Video Production student, wore a GoPro camera strapped to his hat the entire day. He set the camera to capture one photo every 30 seconds all day and because he’s a NESCom student, that still wasn’t enough. Spencer took his entire day, set it to music and posted it to YouTube (of course) to share with his friends.

The end result can be viewed here.

Spencer wasn’t the only one taking photos. NESCom President Thom Johnston was even joining in on the fun, visiting classes and helping to show what a day at NESCom is all about.

We invite you to watch the slideshow below assembled all the photos submitted to