College journalists can and should cover the presidential race: Here’s how
By Sarah Maben and Dan Malone
Barack, Mitt, Paul and Joe. Their names are all over professional newsfeeds regarding the U.S. presidential election.
If their names aren’t part of college media newsfeeds, they could be. The student press corps has an arsenal of tools to cover the 2012 presidential campaign and election night with relative ease and very little money.
“To prepare journalism students for the media world they are entering, I think it’s essential to have them cover election night in real-time,” said Jake Batsell, adviser to smudailycampus.com at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. “Election night provides journalism students with a perfect laboratory to perform under real-time pressure during a major news story.”