These are the expectations for our Election Day coverage. See polling place assignments and team members in our budget (link in our Facebook Group). You will also find your Election Night assignment there.
1) Be at your assigned polling place at 8 a.m. and interview voters (10 people minimum per team) on camera; aim for balanced voting and demographics; take photos as well; set yourself up outside of the polling place around the area where the campaign signs and workers are. Do not interview voters inside the polling place. The focus of your interviews is the 7th district race. It’s no problem, if some voters also talk about the senatorial race or President Donald Trump, but the main focus must be on the 7th district race (candidates and issues). There are two of our regular teams at every polling station. Please work together.
2) Live tweet and Instagram from location (3-5 tweets, 1-2 Instagram photos per reporter); use hashtag #ipadjournos; show how you cover the election and take the audience behind the scenes. This is also a good opportunity to take a photo of yourself in action that you can use on your portfolio later on.
3) Wrap up reporting around 9/9:30 a.m. and write a multi-paragraph story with at least 10 sources from your polling place in the assigned Google Doc (please see the link in our Facebook Group) and edit soundbites into one video; use a clean white title for the first and last name of every interviewee as well as their occupation (e.g. nurse, IT consultant, teacher, retiree, etc); in the written story please provide the name of the polling station and location as well as full name, age, occupation for each of the interviewees; upload videos and photos (no more than 5-6 photos per team — make sure there are people in all of your photos); you can work from a cafe or from home, no need to come to classroom; finish story and video by 11 am (this is a hard deadline). Upload the video directly to our Google Drive folder; make sure you have it loaded on your iPad (use as video name: “Interviews with voters in Henrico County” (or Chesterfield, Goochland …).
4) Be available for editing questions from me until around 1 p.m.
5) Be ready for your Election Night Assignment. Teams assigned for election parties should be there by 6 p.m. and be on site until it’s over. Students assigned for election coverage at CBS 6 need to be at the station at 6:30 p.m. and should expect to be there late until the election is decided. Students who cover the parties need to live tweet and Instagram throughout the evening (10-15 posts per student) as well as produce a Facebook Live from the party when the candidate speaks. After the parties, each of the teams needs to produce a story on the party and election outcome (around 600-800 words). Please interview 8-10 supporters on camera and capture the candidate speech on video. The two stories with photos and video need to be uploaded by 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning (Nov. 7).
And remember: No class on Nov. 8!
Here’s what we did in previous years: