More than 200 MSU School of Journalism students have formed the state's largest election team. Students from about a dozen journalism classes are covering the 2012 election, focusing on the viewpoints of voters their age. They call their effort "MI First Election."
"The excitement of covering the elections in ways never before imagined is spilling over into every class. Students are seeing the twain of the democratic process and the results of their efforts to get accurate news to citizens who are making important decisions at the polls that impact their lives. This is a historic opportunity," said Lucinda D. Davenport, director of MSU's J-School.
Tomorrow, on election night, the student-journalists will gather in Studio F of WKAR studios in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences building from 9 a.m. until midnight. There, they will cover every aspect of the election including doing a number of three-minute cut-ins on WKAR-TV and radio, MSU’s public broadcasting affiliates hosted at CAS.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for them to do something that won’t come along for another four years,” said Troy Hale, a faculty member in MSU’s School of Journalism who developed and helps oversee the project. “In addition to the practical experience they gain, they also are learning more about the democratic process and what it means to have a voice.”
They are covering everything from the presidential race down to state, county, school, city and township elections. They are writing, blogging, recording audio, shooting photos and video and posting through social media including Facebook, Twitter, Storify, Ustream and YouTube. The students are covering the election “BY Students FOR Students,” reporting on the issues that matter most to college-aged students and voters—topics like student loans and jobs.
They are collaborating with the national "Democracy in Action" project, local professional news organizations, and will be on the air with WKAR. The effort combines journalism done by the Capital News Service team, public affairs reporting classes, which have a dozen hyper local websites, and broadcasting classes.
Stay in the loop with the MI First Election coverage on election day:
"MI First Election" live Election Day Skype username: TroyHale
WKAR Election Coverage: TV Channel 23/ Radio 90.5 FM or on wkar.org
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