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Loyola students serve as CNN iReporters for Pearl Harbor anniversary

Loyola press release - December 12, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans public relations students Wade Kimbro and Danielle Latimer traded in their school notebooks for reporter notepads, serving as special CNN iReport correspondents, as the National World War II Museum commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor last week.

The museum invited the public to share a day filled with observations, special events and an exhibition opening on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Kimbro and Latimer were there to record the day’s events and report back to CNN. The event was featured in Reuters, the Associated Press and more than 145 news outlets across the nation and was the front page story on Weather.com, ABCNews.com and portions were streamed live on FOXNews.com

The opportunity to contribute to CNN was provided by visiting School of Mass Communication professor Andrew Nelson. In addition to teaching at Loyola, Nelson works for Peter Mayer Advertising and was responsible for the public relations surrounding the event, arranged for the students to volunteer for and made the connection with the cable network.

"One of the great things at SMC Loyola New Orleans is the ability for its students to get a chance to experience working national events at flagship cultural institutions like the National World War II Museum," Nelson said. "They come away with a deeper understanding of the news cycle and how public relations helps communicate the values of the organization to the world."

For Kimbro and Latimer, the opportunity to blend classroom lessons with real-life experience was just too good to pass up.

“It’s really exciting to have my work put up on the CNN website. Not a lot of people my age can say they have done something like that,” Kimbro said. “Getting real-life experience is really important. Following professor Nelson around, I got to see first-hand what I can expect going into the public relations field.”

“I asked professor Nelson about the possibility of interning at the World War II museum. Last month, I was able to volunteer at the screening of the HBO documentary ‘He Has Seen War’ and now having the opportunity to do this – something so huge and historical – is amazing,” Latimer said.

For more information contact Matt Lambert in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or mlambert@loyno.edu.