Given our plans to cover the presidential primary in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this might be of interest to students in the Advanced Newswriting class.
A week ago, a group of University of Washington students traveled to Texas for five days to cover the “primacaucus” — a complicated combination of primary voting and caucusing that had the potential to end both the Democratic and Republican presidential contests on Tuesday, March 4. We thought it would be a grand learning experience, perhaps even a historic one. It was that and more: We saw the future of political journalism in America.
Along the way, we burned a shoe, were embraced by the Houston gay and lesbian community, went to church several times, met feminist icon Gloria Steinem and watched her words get twisted, saw the Clinton campaign literally turn things around overnight, experienced moments of mountaintop exhilaration as well as sleep-deprived exhaustion, and, on the final day, I — the professor on this wild ride — landed in the hospital, from which I am writing via wireless connection.
This is Journalism 2025. And it is good.
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By all means read the entire article. There’s a lot to consider as we prepare during the next week or two.
A previous story, which I referred to in class, indicated that most campaigns (Clinton’s being an exception) treated the students like pros when it came to covering the race:
The Obama and Clinton campaigns weren’t the only ones to come to town. On the Republican Party side, Ron Paul held a rally on the UW campus. Janet Huckabee held a rally at Northwest University, and her campaign team reached out to my students covering her husband’s candidacy — returning calls and making sure they had press access. McCain’s campaign aides went out of their way to let my students know about his press event at the Westin, and to get them in. For those scoring at home, five presidential campaigns came to town — and four reached out to my students, treating them like what they are: journalists and citizens.
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