Students Attend Democratic Debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Six School of Communications students—five of whom were working for either The Pendulum or Phoenix14News and one of whom was producing a story for CurrentTV—went to South Carolina last weekend to cover the GOP primary and the Democratic debate.

Phoenix14 reporter Nick Ochsner and anchor Randy Gyllenhaal went to Columbia, S.C., Saturday for the primaries. They were joined Sunday by The Pendulum’s Olivia Hubert-Allen (editor in chief), Angie Lovelace (photo editor) and Alyse Knorr (design editor). Erin Barnett also made the trip to do a story about Elon’s student media covering the debate.

On Sunday in Columbia, the students attended a religious service at Zion Baptist Church, where former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was celebrating. They later went to a rally for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Pendulum students attended a Martin Luther King Jr. day march Monday before leaving for Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the debate was being held.

The students covered the debate from the media room and interviewed representatives from the candidates’ campaigns in the spin room following the debate. Lovelace was able to photograph the candidates in the debate hall following the proceedings.

While in South Carolina, Phoenix14 did some live shots and put together packages covering the Republican primaries and the debate. The Pendulum filed stories and photographs Monday night to be included in Wednesday’s newspaper. Both groups worked as a team to provide comprehensive coverage, and all the students got the opportunity to work on an extreme deadline—good experience for their future careers in communications.


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