The debate ends today

After two years of a divisive political campaign, citizens get their say today.

So students in English 631/Introduction to Digital Reporting, will interview voters about this heavily contested election in an 80-minute, real-time reporting assignment. Between 11:10 and 12:30, the time during which class usually meets, the student journalists will head out into the University of New Hampshire campus and to the polls at Durham’s Oyster River High School. They will interview voters to hear their voices in this ongoing conversation about what America should be.

The question is particularly powerful in New Hampshire, as the state’s four electoral votes may help determine the outcome of the presidential race, and a key statewide race could help decide who controls the U.S. Senate.

At a rally at the University of New Hampshire last night, President Barack Obama emphasized New Hampshire’s out-sized role.

If you’re new to the New Hampshire race, here is some background from the Associated Press. And here are the latest poll projections from fivethirtyeight.com.

Students will be publishing news of their interviews – in words, photos, and video – via Twitter. You can follow along with the hashtag #unhvotes.

Two student editors will be curating their classmates’ reports into a single story using Storify, which I’ll link to here later.

 

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