Student Marc Bullard at the Republican National Convention

SMU students are attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa – and next week the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – as part of a political communication studies program in Meadows School of the Arts.

Follow their blogs on SMU Adventures as they share their experiences in and around the convention center, including their internships with CNN.

“Putting an event like the Republican National Convention on the air is eerily similar to putting a play on stage,” writes Marc Bullard. “Dozens of tech people sprinkled throughout the forum tinker with lights and equipment, the talent sits patiently backstage waiting for their cues, and a few producers make sure every single second stays true to their vision. The news does not just happen. It is planned, rehearsed, and executed. I know this because I was a part of that rehearsal.”