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Syracuse and Skype cover the 2016 Presidential Election
As written on blogs.skype.com
We’re coming down the homestretch of the 2016 Presidential Election—one that has glued the world of viewers to any variety of devices, and will likely only continue to intensify in the approaching months. Dedicated to broadcasting quality content, as much as continuing to champion the newest generation of voters, Skype has been there from day one.
From the front-row of the Iowa Caucuses, Skype TX aired over 60 hours of media material to eager audiences. In a means of further ramping up our election-cycle coverage, we collaborated with the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (aka one of the United States’ most prestigious journalism programs). The content-centric efforts that stemmed from said partnership included video blogs and podcasts, in-depth articles and live, on-set interviews.
Behind each high definition shot or relayed soundbite was Skype TX, embodying the project’s technological backbone and offering global spectators a unique window into the world of the election. Specifically, inviting young voters into the process—via young voters.
As part of Syracuse University’s election coverage, journalism students were on site, making the rounds and reporting back at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
For the RNC, Michael Carter and Keely Sullivan took to the convention for the full four days. As it happened to fall during one of the country’s especially devastating weeks—one that included mass shootings, police violence, and widespread protests—the convention brimmed with both increased security, and suspense. From “Make America Safe Again” to “Make America One Again,” the journalists highlighted impassioned crowds, careful nominees and political plagiarism. Read the full report here.
Student Keely Sullivan hightailed it from Cleveland to Philadelphia to attended the DNC as well. Launched at the start of an anonymous email leak, which shed less-than-favorable light on the Democratic Primaries favoritism, the convention carried protests both inside and surround the Wells Fargo Center. Speakers, ranging from celebrity endorsers to the current President himself, emphasized “democracy” and “unity”, while Hillary finally took to the podium to mark history as the first-ever woman nominated by a major party for the United States presidency. Check out the rest of the story here.