Columbia University to Offer Real-Time Multimedia Coverage Tonight With ‘Decision NYC’

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By: E&P Staff

Students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will take part in real-time multimedia coverage for the first time on election night this year.

Decision NYC is a special edition of Columbia Journalist, the online
publication of the Columbia graduate school, that will feature streaming
audio and video reports from locations throughout New York City, including Harlem, Jackson Heights, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Election night coverage will also feature interactive maps and audio slide shows.

Broadcast students will help produce a live, four-hour election Webcast in
addition to pre-packaged stories. Reporters on location in New Hampshire,
Pennsylvania, and Virginia — swing states in the presidential race — will
submit stories via live video streams to the the election Web site. There
will also be radio coverage on a show called America’s Choice.

“It’s a great exercise in journalism, and the students will have a marvelous lesson in the team effort it takes to report a huge breaking-news event like this,” said broadcasting program director, Ann Cooper. “All the work will be done by students themselves, from reporting from the field, to hosting in the studio, to running the technology that puts the broadcast together for the world.”

The project can be viewed at columbiajournalist.org, with multimedia stories running from 7 pm to 7:45 p.m., Webcasts runnning from 9:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., and audio/video coverage running from 8pm to midnight.

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