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. 

With the state set to lift the mask mandate by the end of the month, and Musikfest coming back this summer without any restrictions, there Read more
The local primary election is coming up on May 18. Northampton County reports issuing 23,000 mail in ballots, Lehigh County more than 24,000, and both Read more
Politics have intensified into a bare knuckles fight between candidates seeking office in Allentown just one week before the Pennsylvania primary election on May 18. Read more
The Lower Macungie Library was one of the few public services with resources prepared for a shift to virtual life in March 2020, at the Read more
ArtsQuest, while mostly hosting programs through the ArtsQuest@Home initiative, has been able to have some in-person programming. Read more
The Lehigh University women’s basketball team will be part of the NCAA Big Dance this year. The team is in San Antonio for a two-day Read more
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

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

The pictureque 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 Editor-in-Chief of the Lehigh University student paper, The Brown and White. He’s written 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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