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Student journalists from SMU covered the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries in early January 2008 as part of a partnership with Fox TV to give a student perspective on the race for the White House.
KDFW/Fox 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth teamed up with SMU to create “Fox U News,” providing instant text messaging updates, reports and video blogs on YouTube. The students were credentialed as Fox journalists and produced both Internet and broadcast content.
In a December 26 report on myfoxdfw.com, Fox 4 news director Maria Barrs said the project was born from a need for news organizations to rethink how they cover politics to reach the next generation of voters.
“What better way to do that than to see these important events through the eyes of that generation?” Barrs said.
SMU project advisor Lucy Scott said, “We're thrilled that Fox 4 has given our students this valuable opportunity to work alongside professional journalists at two of the most exciting events of the 2008 political season.”
Scott and Carolyn Barta, both experienced journalists, served as faculty advisors. The project was initiated by Fox 4 reporter Scott Sayres, an SMU alumnus.
The student reporters and their advisors were:
• Ben Briscoe — Pampa, TX
• Fallon Goodson — Lafayette, LA
• Rachael Morgan — Tuscaloosa, AL
• Jia Thomas — McKinney, TX
• Advisor — Lucy Scott
• Erin Hagan — Tyler, TX
• Ann Wyatt Little — Nashville, TN
• Mark Norris — Plano, TX
• Lisa Rodriguez — Kansas City, KS
• Advisor — Carolyn Barta
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