Covering Elections Through Student Social Media Reporting
How do we get students to pay attention to important elections, especially in a non-presidential year?
One way is to have their peers create the coverage. Student newspapers can do a lot to make elections salient, giving students clear information on how to participate and helping them sort through candidate positions and claims. But students, particularly journalism, communications, and political science students, can also create valuable coverage through other channels, like social media. Here are two award-winning approaches through which communications professors helped their students cover the elections.