Broadcast Journalist Matt O’Donnell Talks Communications with Dual Enrollment Students

by Alana J. Mauger

Prior to the close of the fall semester, “Action News Mornings” anchor Matt O’Donnell discussed the future of the news industry with dual enrollment Communications students in Gail Ramsey’s COM 100 and 160 classes at Perkiomen Valley High School.

“Someone will have to deliver the news and entertainment in the future, but how it will be done is anyone’s guess,” said O’Donnell, citing mobile technology, You-Tube and Twitter as recent examples. “The need for news won’t go away, but there won’t be a need for printing. We’ll be delivering news in a different way.”

After talking about his career path and taking questions from the students, O’Donnell asked each student to share his or her new year’s resolution, which he recorded via flip cam for use in his parenting blog. Watch the video here.

In 2009-2010, 1,736 students enrolled in dual-enrollment 8,000 credits. The program has grown by more than 386 percent since 2006-2007 and includes partnerships with 24 institutions.

Matt O'Donnell talks to dual enrollment students at Perk Valley High School on Dec. 20.

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