Journalism students provide election coverage and real-time updates

Other media invited to use students’ reporting from Washoe County, a key area in swing-state Nevada

11/6/2012 - By: Claudene Wharton
Student and Dean Al Stavitsky Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Advanced Center for Media Studies Dean Al Stavitsky shows off one of the School's new newsrooms, from which students are providing election coverage today.

With the eyes of the nation on Nevada, one of nation's "battleground" states in the 2012 presidential election, journalism students at the University of Nevada, Reno, with their professors, are providing election-related news and real-time updates from Washoe County. Print, video, photos, packages, interviews and updates are available free of charge, with proper attribution, to media throughout the country at Reynolds School of Journalism Election Night Live! 2012.

"Our primary focus is providing a real-world learning experience for our students," said Al Stavitsky, dean of the University's Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies. "However, given our students' abilities and our faculty's experience, we're confident that we'll produce interesting, substantive journalism. By making it available to media, the Reynolds School can play a role in the democratic process."

The School's students are producing packages made available at the website, including a piece on the state's pivotal Hispanic vote and a "269" civics lesson on what happens in the event of an electoral tie. Both packages include perspective from national subject experts, including Emma Sepulveda, Latino Research Center director at the University, and Eric Herzik, chair of the University's political science department and often-quoted political pundit. This evening, the students are providing additional packaged content - print, audio and video - along with live updates from the School and throughout the County.

For more information, contact Stavitsky, (541) 912-9295 or ags@unr.edu


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