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Student Journalists Add to Election Night Broadcast, Print Coverage

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November 1, 2004

Professional broadcasters are not the only game in town when it comes to election night coverage tomorrow (Nov. 2). Audiences looking for an alternative to commercial fare or for a more youthful perspective on election issues can tune into WYCC-TV20.

That’s where students from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the City Colleges of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago will be broadcasting live from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on the presidential and key elections in Illinois.

Northwestern President Bienen, with the chancellor of City Colleges and president of Columbia College, will introduce the program and celebrate the pioneering collaboration between the three institutions.

“Election Night 2004: Be Wise, Be Counted” will include remote broadcasts, expert faculty commentary and student-faculty panels on key issues in the campaigns as well as issues of particular interest to youth. The broadcast will feature live feeds throughout the evening from the three educational institutions and live reports by student reporters covering the Illinois race for the U.S. Senate and races for key congressional seats.

In Washington D.C., student journalists will report from the Democratic National Committee, the Republican National Committee and the Ralph Nader Campaign.

Faculty advisor of the student broadcast is Joe Angotti, director of the Medill School’s broadcasting program and former executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Northwestern journalism professors Jack Doppelt, Robert McClory and Larry Stuelpnagel will discuss the youth vote, the role of religion in the elections and campaign advertising, respectively.

On the print side, Medill student reporters will be covering the Illinois race for U.S. senate and the races for the 3rd, 6th, 8th and 20th congressional districts for the Medill News Service of Chicago (MNS). They also will write a wrap-up of Cook County elections and a story on voter turnout and fraud.

In addition to 17 Medill News Service reporters, six undergraduate photographers will be on hand. On Wednesday (Nov. 3), MNS will provide an analysis of how the winners won and why the losers lost, looking at such things as whether white wards went heavily for Obama and how the black vote split. MNS clients already received a pre-election package of stories analyzing the importance of the women’s vote, youth vote, and Latino vote in various campaigns.

On the night of the election, MNS students will be reporting from the state and national party headquarters in Chicago and at the state and county board of elections.

Clients of the Medill News Service of Chicago include the Daily Herald, Daily Southtown, Illinois Times, Chicago Defender and Chicago Journal.