These are the expectations for our Election Day coverage. After class on Nov. 2, please see the polling place assignments and team members in our budget (link in our Facebook Group). You will also find your Election Night assignment there after Nov. 2.
1) Be at your assigned polling place at 8 a.m. and interview voters (8-10 people) 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. The focus of your interviews is the gubernatorial race. It’s no problem, if some voters also talk about the lieutenant governor and attorney general races, but the main focus must be on the gubernatorial race (candidates and issues). Also ask some questions about how President Trump and his policies have influenced voter decisions. Teams who have an assignment for two polling stations need to start at 7 a.m.
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.
3) Wrap up reporting around 9/9:30 a.m. and write a five paragraph story on your polling place in the assigned Google Doc (please see the link in your inbox and in our Facebook Group after Nov. 2) and edit soundbites into one video; use a clean standard white title for the first and last name of every interviewee. No second line necessary in the titles for this assignment. 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; e-mail photos in one e-mail for each team (no more than 5-6 per team); you can work from a cafe or from home, no need to come to the classroom; finish story and video by 11 am (this is a hard deadline). Upload the video to Google Drive and share it. Use as video name: “Interviews with voters in a Henrico” (or Chesterfield, Richmond, Hanover).
4) Be available for editing questions from me until 1 p.m. (someone in your team with knowledge about everything you did needs to be available).
5) Be ready for your Election Night Assignment. Teams assigned for election parties should be there by 5:30/6 p.m. and be on site until it’s over. Include videos, photos, 360 photos, Facebook Live streams, Twitter and Instagram in your coverage. File a complete story on your party by 9 a.m. on Nov. 8. Students assigned for election coverage at CBS 6 need to be at the station at 6:45 p.m. and should expect to be there late until the election is decided.
And remember: No class on Nov. 9!
Here’s what we did in 2014, 2015 and 2016: