Students Form State's Largest Election Team

Posted on: June 14, 2013


More than 200 journalism students came together in the fall to form the state's largest election team, "MI First Election." Students from about a dozen journalism classes covered the 2012 election, focusing on the viewpoints of voters their age.

During the presidential debate, two teams of journalism students streamed video reactions of MSU students to the presidential debates using their smartphones. Students also live-tweeted using the hashtag #mifirstelection and developed a Storify feed to summarize some of the best student-generated comments on social media.

As a part of this effort, students covered everything from the presidential race to state, county, school, city and township elections. They wrote, recorded audio, shot photos and video and posted on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Storify, Ustream and YouTube.

"MI First Election" collaborated with the national "Democracy in Action" project and local professional news organizations. Students were on the air with CAS' public radio and television station WKAR. The initiative includes reporting by the Capital News Service team, the public affairs reporting classes and the broadcasting classes.

"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. They see 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 the School of Journalism.

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