A Day in the Life of a New Hampshire Rock Concert

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Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band that is playing Tuesday at the Bank of NH Pavillion.

GILFORD – InDepthNH.org will join Southern New Hampshire University and the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – a 9,000 seat amphitheater in Gilford – to provide a unique experiential learning opportunity on Tuesday for four student journalists.

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Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford.

The student journalists will share their experience at an Avenged Sevenfold/Volbeat concert – two heavy metal bands – with IndepthNH.org readers through photographs, video and the written word as a day-in-the-life project.

“InDepthNH.org is thrilled to work on this project because training the next generation of  journalists is one of our missions,” said executive editor Nancy West. “Start watching for posts of the event starting at about noon on Tuesday at InDepthNH.org. We will update the students’ work as the day continues until the last song is sung.”

As part of the day, SNHU game design students will be showcasing their new virtual reality games while the SNHU rock band (“Contrast”) plays the Magic Hat Second Stage. The student news team will capture these developments as well as all of the activity on the midway, in the tailgate lot and on stage.

Join us for all of the latest happenings as we bring the world of rock ‘n roll to your fingertips. The student news team includes:  Benjamin Newman, Haley Mailloux, Matthew Krajcik, and Stephanie Rasmussen.

They will be working under the direction of Mary Helen Gillespie, Steve Boucher and Chelsea Robinson.

Steve Boucher

Steve Boucher has worked as Senior Director of Strategic Communications and University Outreach for Southern New Hampshire University since January 2012. In his role at the university, Steve coordinates strategy for over 75 on campus social media properties, produces videos for a variety of audiences  and develops new partnerships between SNHU and the business community.

“This year’s partnership with the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and InDepthNH.org is an amazing opportunity for our students to gain journalism experience covering a major event which will draw over 6,000 concert goers,” Boucher said. “We are proud to work with such incredible partners to provide this experiential learning opportunity to the next generation of journalists and social media practitioners.”

Mary Helen Gillespie

Mary Helen Gillespie of Londonderry is a digital journalist who served as a visiting professor of communications for the university’s current academic year. Her “real-news” articles have run in The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, The Boston Globe and InDepthNH.org, among many other outlets in her 20+ year career.

“This exciting partnership is going to provide our students with a fabulous chance to cover breaking entertainment news in a visual fashion,” Gillespie said. “This is also my first heavy-metal concert so I am double psyched.”

InDepthNH.org is a nonprofit news outlet that is published by the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism. Executive editor Nancy West can be reached at Nancywestnews@gmail.com.

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