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Young Journalist Broadcast Election

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By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - With several colleges in Dubuque, young voter turnout is expected to reach a record high this election. One college TV station is going beyond the polls with three hours of election night coverage. It's a big task that started with a passion for politics.

Andrew Huck is a senior at Loras College.  A media studies and politics major, he's followed the election closely with classmate Dan Randolph, both as student journalists. "I really did a lot of stuff last fall leading up to the primaries," said Huck. Including interviewing John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, Bill Richardson, and Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Just recently Huck and Randolph decided to take national politics to a local level.  "We're trying something we're never done before," said Randolph. These two, along with a crew made up of other student journalists, are spending election night on the job.

Broadcasting Loras College Television live for three hours. Since LCTV doesn't have a satellite truck like KWWL they will be using the internet to go live from four locations in Dubuque.

Huck said what happens on election night is vital to the future of our country. "It's very important to watch what's happening election night, the reaction and just so you're better informed about what's going on and where the country's gonna head."

Both say the planning process has opened their eyes, not only to the local issues, but also to the work that goes in to covering an election. "News makes it look easy but what the viewers don't see is how much planning and timing and how much effect the on air people and all the stories, how much they put into it," said Randolph. 

This is the first presidential election both Huck and Randolph have voted in.

Stay with KWWL on election night for comprehensive local and national coverage of
Decision 2008.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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