Students in Professor Maureen Boyle's "Newswriting and Reporting" class received a firsthand account of life as a television news anchor as James Hummel '06 took part in a Skype session with students on Thursday, December 4th.
Using the College's new Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space inside the MacPháidín Library, students listened to Hummel describe his role as co-anchor of KATC-TV News in Lafayette, Louisiana via video screen.
This isn't the first time Boyle has used alumni connections or the new "DisCO" space to give her students unique learning opportunities. Former Summit editor Jessica Kennedy '12 came back to campus to speak to students in Boyle's newswriting class earlier this semester. Currently the site editor of higheredtechdecisions.com, Kennedy spoke to students about the importance of getting work published while still students.
"Because she graduated just a few years ago, she was able to relate well to what students need and speak to the experience they need to get now to land that job after graduation," said Boyle.
In October, Boyle's “Development of American News Media” class caught up with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Finkel via Skype using the advanced technology space in the library.
Hummel co-anchors the 5,6 and 10 o'clock newscasts on KATC. Previously he served as the station's weekend anchor, a role he assumed shortly after going to Louisiana in 2009.
During his tenure at KATC, Hummel has been honored with a number of first-place awards from the Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including Reporter of the Year. Hummel began his career in Boston, where he worked as an assignment editor at NECN (New England Cable News) and as a writer for WCVB-TV.
Recently featured in a news story that appeared on the Stonehill website, Hummel discussed his unexpected career path as he majored in biochemistry while a student at the College.
"So far I’ve had to cover it all – current events, politics, arts, even science. The well-rounded education at Stonehill prepared me perfectly for whatever a day in news might bring," said Hummel.