Five journalism students add to Associated Press election coverage
By Erin Roberts
ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 15, 2012)—Five students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism were hired by the Associated Press to help cover the election by working in the Columbus bureau and the Statehouse on Nov. 6.
For senior Clark “CJ” Buskey, the opportunity allowed him to cover his first election and was a positive experience.
“I interviewed the state attorney general, helped out with interviewing and transcribing the interview with the secretary of state and helped to monitor Twitter feeds for updated information,” says Buskey, who serves as a section editor for The New Political, an online student-produced publication focusing solely on political news. “I was there for about five hours until they called the election, and it was a great experience. The Associated Press was very well organized and extremely accommodating by knowing exactly what I needed to do and checking in with me throughout the night.”
Professor Hugh Martin was contacted by Nancy Nussbaum, the Ohio & Michigan Assistant Bureau Chief about the possibility of hiring students in the weeks before the election. He was pleased by the student response.
“I sent an e-mail to every student enrolled in the journalism school, and the response was overwhelming,” Martin said. “Two hours after the e-mail went out, I had responses from 19 students who wanted one of the 5 shifts. The response speaks for itself. Big elections are the kind of story that true journalists want to be part of, even if they are only helping to compile results. Our students have that desire.”
Students answered phones, monitored television and websites for election-related news and gathered election results in four- and five-hour shifts. They were paid $20 an hour.
Those participating also included sophomore Dillon Stewart and seniors Kedrin Herron, Sara Cowden and Emily Lambert.