Students covering campaigns

“Fresh political coverage like you haven’t seen before.” That’s how KDFW-TV in Dallas describes what it hopes will result from a new partnership with Southern Methodist University.

FOX 4 News has teamed up with the school to cover the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary. Eight student journalists will cover the events extensively, providing instant text messaging updates, video blogs and reports featuring fresh angles from the perspectives of young people.

The students are all journalism majors. They will be credentialed as Fox journalists and will produce content for Fox station Web sites and broadcasts. They won’t be the only students reporting on the primaries. Some American University students “will spend several days reporting, filming, and conducting surveys, interviewing and analyzing polls” in New Hampshire. They plan to produce a short documentary film, with print and online companion pieces. Are other schools doing anything similar? And do you think these projects are valuable?

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