With what many consider the most important presidential election in U.S. history looming, the Los Angeles Loyolan launched an ambitious project in September 2019 to cover the election from college students’ perspective.
The Loyolan assembled a team of what was originally five students and tasked them with an innovative objective: do not engage in the commonplace “horse race”/“pollercoaster” election coverage. Instead, dive deep into Generation Z’s top issues: climate change, gun control, racism, immigration, the intersection of culture and politics, and more.
The results as of December 2019:
Students on the team have:
- Traveled to conventions and rallies;
- Taken part of press briefings/press conferences with major candidates, including several front-runners;
- snagged two exclusive one-on-one interviews with democratic candidates (Julian Castro and John Delaney);
- Received three full media credentials to the sixth Democratic Presidential Debate in December at Loyola Marymount University.
As of December 2019, students produced more than two dozen videos, including:
- Person-on-the-street segments with LMU students;
- One-on-ones with candidates;
- Sit downs with LMU professors who are subject-matter experts about relevant issues.
The students’ work can be found online at the Election 2020 home page and by following the Loyolan on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The students are advised by LMU adjunct professor Carol Costello, formerly of CNN, and LMU Director of Student Media Tom Nelson.