by Darby Fitzgerald and Mei Prang
NewsWatch students are covering the election from all aspects. Assistant Dean Mark Lodato says reporters will be at the Democratic and Republican headquarters covering stories, in Tucson with Senate candidate Rich Carmona and in the community touching base with different groups involved in the election process. NewsWatch is producing two-and-a-half hours of live election coverage beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Cronkite NewsWatch also has reporters in Washington D.C. Two reporters will be doing live reports on election night about swing states and the possible implications of Hurricane Sandy on the election and the electoral process, Lodato said.
NewsWatch Reporter Bill Melugin says working this election will help to prepare him and other student reporters for the future. They will be working with real-time data, no script and no teleprompter. NewsWatch Reporter Liz Kotalik was able to cover the Democratic National Convention earlier this year. These students say being able to cover the election will give them an edge over their competition for jobs.