Columbia Journalism School


J-School students cover 2012 election

November 07, 2012






J-School students hit the streets on Nov. 6 to cover Election Day, filing stories for their class websites from all corners of New York City, as voters casted their ballots.  

Lauren Davidson ’13 wrote about Astoria, Queens residents who flocked to gas stations rather than polling stations to fill up, following a shortage due to Hurricane Sandy. Jessica Gould ’13 spoke with Staten Island evacuees who lost everything during the recent storm, but maintained the will to vote. 

The New York Torch, which covers the ethnic communities of the city, documented first-time immigrant voters’ experiences. The Brooklyn Ink also live-blogged the election, providing regular updates from early morning until the final call was made. 

After most of the voters were tallied and the election was called definitively for President Obama, the Uptowner staff canvassed Harlem, as people danced in the streets, slammed on car horns and banged on saucepans.  Also Jasmine Bager '13 compiled a photoslideshow of the reaction of Times Square spectators upon hearing of the president's re-election.

Here is a video from our Centennial Series which chronicles several student reporters’ experiences throughout the day and evening.

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