From staff reports
FOX News Channel has announced plans to broadcast live from Ohio University's Athens campus Tuesday and Wednesday to keep tabs on Ohio's primary election. The focus: the youth vote as seen through the eyes of our students.
Under an agreement announced today, FOX & Friends will broadcast from New York and cut away to an anchor, a polling expert and an Ohio University student focus group throughout the show, which airs from 6 to 9 a.m. both days. The segments will be live from Baker University Center Theatre.
Ohio's primary on Tuesday is considered vitally important in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Texas voters -- also expected to make a historic impact -- go to the polls Tuesday, too, and FOX News has made similar plans to broadcast from Texas A&M University that day.
At Ohio University, focus groups of about 15 students with a range of viewpoints will appear Tuesday and Wednesday on the Baker set with FOX's anchor and national pollster Frank Luntz. Students in a variety of related academic programs -- communications, political science, public advocacy and others -- will make up the audience.
"This is a superb opportunity for students to be involved in a national event and to display their command of the issues and their commitment to engaged citizenship," Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education David Descutner said. "It is an opportunity that they, and their families, will remember for years to come."
Ohio University's award-winning Forensics Team also is expected to take part in the action, and may have the chance to participate in on-air debates. In addition, student audience members may be treated to between-segment "lectures" by Luntz, author of the national bestseller, "Words that Work," as well as conversations with FOX personnel about their jobs in the communications field.
"The people at FOX News have been very gracious in providing opportunities for our students to work with them. For instance, the senior producer has requested that a student be assigned to serve as her production assistant," said Scripps College of Communication Dean Greg Shepherd. "And Frank Luntz is eager to speak with students to answer their questions about polling techniques and to share the importance of polling in political coverage. That's an amazing opportunity for students in the political communication and public advocacy programs."
Associate Dean of Students Patti McSteen said students are enthusiastic about the chance to participate.
"It's been exciting to see how engaged and well-informed our students have been," she said. "All have been very excited to have the chance to be a part of the newscasts and education sessions."
Descutner said the Athens campus is a logical place for an event of this nature.
"Ohio University has been blessed, throughout its long history, with students who care about the realms of public affairs and social justice and who strive to make a difference through their involvement in those realms," he said. "This opportunity allows Ohio University to shine a spotlight on the incredibly talented, articulate and knowledgeable students who make our campus so special."
FOX News Channel is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, business and entertainment news. For more than six years, it has been the most-watched cable news channel in America. FOX News, owned by News Corp., is available in more than 90 million homes.