Lehigh University Student Stories

WLVR News & Lehigh University Journalism Student Stories

Lehigh Valley Public Media has partnered with Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism and Communication. The department offers a class focusing on NPR-PBS journalism. Students, in turn, contribute content for use on WLVR-FM and PBS39. 

Department Chair, Jack Lule, finds this to be beneficial for both organizations, “One of the things that we always stress in the journalism department is experiential learning,” Lule said. “We strive to give our students as much experience as possible. We set up internships for every one of our students, and this is going to make those internships that much more plentiful and that much more engaging because they’ll be doing it right here on the campus with standards of the PBS and the NPR organizations.” 

Examples of student work is available here. 

While 2020 came with challenges, it was a good year to be a rescue pup, according to Teisha Jones, director of operations at the Lehigh Read more
Pennsylvania recently announced new restrictions for businesses to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season. Read more
Hidden beneath the open space, jewel lakes and dense forests is the silent frustration in households across the region that are struggling to keep pace Read more
Pennsylvanians who want to start the new year with coverage through the state-run healthcare marketplace have until December 22 to sign up. Read more
People in the LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley face barriers in terms of accessing healthcare and that’s led to health disparities. That’s according to Read more
Two federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs are set to expire at the end of the month. State officials are trying to get the word out Read more
With a surge in coronavirus cases in the commonwealth, Lehigh Valley high school students scheduled to take college entrance exams this month had their tests Read more
Pennsylvania state parks are closing their doors to some out of state residents due to the pandemic. They’ll need to have a negative COVID test Read more
As‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌cases‌ ‌surge statewide college‌ ‌campuses‌ ‌are‌ ‌assessing‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌students‌ ‌go‌ ‌home‌ ‌for‌ ‌Thanksgiving.‌ ‌WLVR’s‌ ‌Gabi‌ ‌Falk‌ ‌has‌ ‌more‌ ‌on‌ ‌how‌ ‌Moravian‌ Read more
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania are focusing attention on racial justice in the commonwealth. They recently hosted a town hall, featuring six young local Read more

Pulitzer Center funds Lehigh University student journalist to investigate internet access in rural PA

The picturesque bridge in Honesdale. Photo | Jordan Wolman

Residents of the Lehigh Valley may take convenient internet access for granted.  But not so far away, rural residents of Pennsylvania often struggle to get online. And a lack of internet access can have disastrous effects on a community and its residents.

WLVR’s Brad Klein spoke with Jordan Wolman, the Fall 2020 Editor-in-Chief of the Lehigh University student paper, The Brown and White. He wrote a powerful online feature story on the subject of Rural Internet Access. Listen to the full interview.

His story on the challenges of obtaining internet services in rural Pennsylvania. It’s called, ‘A Crisis of Connectivity: Internet Access in Rural PA’ and was funded by the Pulitzer Center through a ‘local crisis reporting’ grant.


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