Student news team produces
historic six-hour newscast


More than 50 staff members, 24 cameras, 12 guests, 200 hours of tape, 92 monitors, 2,000 work hours and 11,000 feet of cable were tied up in the Phoenix14 coverage of the 2004 elections.

ESTV's Vote 2004 from Phoenix14 was an unprecedented six-hour, live broadcast carried simultaneously on ESTV, WSOE Radio and the internet.

"We're doing six hours of election coverage because the perspective of students is not the perspective CNN has," Phoenix14 producer David Douglas told Pendulum reporters before the event. "We're going to talk about issues that matter to college-age viewers. Our focus is to provide information for this audience."

The student news team employed all of the technical facilities and resources available in the School of Communications and through Elon Television. Advance planning worked to help the broadcasters incorporate live interviews with local leaders, taped packages from around the local community, updates from Florida and other battleground states, and tracking of major political races in the broadcast.

The news team covered the presidential race, gubernatorial races from home states of Elon students, North Carolina state races and Alamance County elections.

To view a slide show about the Nov. 2 marathon newscast click here.



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