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Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012

Romney Vs. Obama Willard Mitt Romney Barack Obama Party: Republican Party: Democrat

Presidential Smackdown

Decrease predicted in youth voter participation
Reporter | Camille Rose Smith
very year, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press conducts research on many different topics. One of the most essential subjects they cover is the presidential election. Whether it’s a voting year, such as 2012, or an off year such as 2010, Pew gathers information about who is going to vote, which Party they are more likely to vote for, and why they are more likely to vote that way. We are going to focus on the “who.” As one of the most heated presidential elections to date progresses, many are wondering if young people still have the spunk that they had four years ago when Obama was first voted into office. College kids, specifically, were out in full force, voting for change and the beginning of a new era. In 2008, youth engagement dramatically increased due to many young voters identifying as Democrat. With President Obama, also a Democrat, pulling out the win, young people showed that they can have a serious impact on who runs our nation. Released Sept. 28, 2012, a new Pew Research showed that young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are less engaged in this year’s primary election than in previous years. Youth engagement has taken a sharp downturn since 2008, dropping nearly 14 percent. The Pew Research Center measured youth engagement using three different aspects of involvement. Two topics they explored included the number of people that gave a lot of thought to the election and how closely were people, youth specifically, following campaign news this year. In both cases, they saw a dismal drop of 17 percent in youth voters between the ages of 18 and 29 between 2008 and 2012. The last question they asked was how many people definitely plan to vote this year. Yet again, they saw a decrease in youth voters, with the determined to vote dropping from 72 percent in 2008 to 63 percent in 2012. According to the study, there was an additional decrease in youth voters who planed to vote, reporting that only 63 percent plan to vote in this year’s election compared to the 73 percent in 2008. Needless to say, youth voters know that they can make a difference in an election of any kind, and the only way to get their point across – and to elect the person that they think is right for the job – is to vote. So get out there on Nov. 6 and utilize your right to vote.

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Occupation: former governor of Massachusetts Age: 65 Campaign slogan: “Believe in America” Favorite food: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches How he got his name: He was named after Milton “Mitt” Romney, a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears and his father’s cousin. Favorite Musician: The Beatles Favorite Movie: “O Brother, Where Art Thou” Hobby: boating with his family

Occupation: president of the United States of America Age: 51 Campaign slogan: “Forward” Favorite book: Moby Dick Favorite food: His wife’s shrimp linguini Mac or PC: Mac Favorite Musicians: Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees First job: Baskin-Robbins Hobby: Collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

Society of Professional Journalists
Reporter | Kali Borovic Society of Professional Journalists next week ...

ovember is not only known as election season in the journalism world, it is known as application month as well. In honor of this stressful process, SPJ has scheduled a branding workshop for students looking to advertise their skills, Nov. 13. The meeting will feature Pete Constanzo Jr. of Marsh Branding Company, equipped with tools and techniques about how to properly prepare for the job market. Topics of the presentation will include developing a unique story, using a resume and cover letter as key tools, networking through social media and developing interview skills. The event will being at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111, open to all majors.

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Society of Professional Journalists last week ...

The past week’s SPJ meeting. | Daniel Rader

eporting can be a scary thing, especially with so many journalists traveling in and out of countries that do not have the same laws as the United States. Thankfully, a group of reporters came together to fight for journalists who are in danger, no matter where they are reporting. SPJ got the inside scoop about Reporters Without Borders this past week when they Skyped Delphine Halgand, a journalist who works for the agency. While Skyping with Halgand, students got the run down of what the agency consists of and how it operates, along with advice on what to be aware of when traveling to different countries. To most students’ surprise, Reporters Without Borders, which stems from Doctors Without Borders, is a small French organization that consists of only two full-time members in the D.C. area, 10 board members in New York and 10 volunteer reporters across the United States. This small organization is responsible for publishing press releases on missing journalists or journalists who have been harmed, paying for lawyers when journalists are in need and communicating between the governments and families that are involved in these circumstances. Along with telling students about what the organization was, Halgand stressed two important aspects of the job – protecting the sources and protecting the privacy of the journalist. Halgand’s first piece of advice was to prepare before going anywhere outside the country. She said that it is important to speak with reporters who have been to the place that you are preparing to visit and ask them exactly what to expect when you get there. She says then that the person traveling should be aware of what the privacy laws are in the country. She tied this directly to protecting the source. It is a reality that in some countries, people can get killed for speaking out against their government. This should be avoided at all costs. In Halgand’s eyes this is the most important aspect to think about when traveling abroad. The journalist can always leave the country, but the source cannot. Another important aspect regarding protecting the source is to find out about the level of Internet security. If governments are able to tap into the journalist’s email, then the source may be in real trouble.

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Her Campus addresses “niche audience” at Ohio University

Reporter | Camille Rose Smith

2009, three women at Harvard Uni- magazine or book publishing industry. Evans said versity joined forces to create an on- that when she came to OU, she was attracted to line resource for college women ev- the idea of unlimited content, and Her Campus had erywhere. that. Undergraduates Windsor Hanger, Stephanie Ka- “[Her Campus] stood out from everything on plan and Annie Wang had worked together on a campus,” Evans said. “It deals with a variety of isstudent publication, and realized that they could sues. Everything from women’s health and beauty create something college women everywhere to relationships, and more.” could use. That year, the trio went on to win Har- OU’s Her Campus has a number of goals includvard’s business plan competition, i3, and that was ing getting more people involved and boosting the beginning of Her Campus. readership. The group recently became a special Fast-forward to the present, and Her Campus campus organization, and they’re also planning on now reaches more than 200 campuses and is still having a party at the end of the semester. growing. Ohio University is included in the list of Besides keeping an eye out for their party flyer, participants, which became a part of the Her Cam- watch for future Her Campus fundraising, includpus chain almost immediately. As a result, Taylor ing grilled cheese sales and raffles, which include Evans, the editor-in-chief of OU’s Her Campus, gift cards and other donated items at the party. joined soon after. Evans said Her Campus “works specifically with Evans is a senior studying magazine journalism a niche audience, and with more and more publicawho will graduate from Scripps at the end of the tions becoming niche, this is great experience for fall semester in hopes of finding a job in either the the future.”

ScrippsCalendar

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RTDNA meeting @ 7 p.m. at the RTV building in room 375.

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Get ready for the three-day weekend! How are you commemorating our troops?

SPJ meeting PRSSA Meeting @ 6 p.m. in canceled. Scripps 111. ELECTION INC. NIGHT!

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Make sure to go and vote before the polls close! Athough most journalists are not to be public with their political opinions, it’s still important to be heard and be involved!

Video thanks Schoonover for Center
Reporter | Taylor Petras fter nearly a decade of planning, the construction of the Schoonover Center – which will house Ohio University’s College of Communications – is finally under construction and should be finished in 2014. Erin Roberts, the external relations coordinator in the Scripps College of Communication Dean’s Office, was involved with the building’s planning from the beginning while discussing the potential project with Steve Schoonover, a 1967 alumnus with a bachelor’s in Fine Arts. The duo entertained the possibility of creating a new building for students. As a result, Schoonover presented a $7.5 million gift, which is one of the largest donations to the university in the past 5 years. To honor Schoonover’s generous donation to the college, Roberts and other colleagues have been working together to plan a special event for Steve and his family. As a result, the administrators have also worked created an additional multimedia gift to present to Schoonover and others at an event Thursday Nov. 8. A short video featuring underclassmen students will honor Schoonover for his contributions to the communications building as well as describing what they are most looking forward to in the new Schoonover Center. Over-

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all, approximately eight to nine students were interviewed by Roberts to create the video presentation. “We wouldn’t be here at the university without students. They are the integral part of higher education,” said Roberts. “I think that donors like to hear directly from students because they are the ones who often benefit from donor gifts of any amount.” John Kocsis, a freshman studying journalism was not interviewed for the video, but, he said that he is most looking forward to working with students and faculty of different majors in the new communications building. “It will be easier to make connections with people outside of your specialization, which will help with networking,” said Kocsis. “It will be more united since everyone will be working together.” Megan Westervelt Fellow, second-year graduate student, a fellow administrator in the Dean’s Office has assisted Roberts with this project. She said that hearing a student’s perspective is a very important part of this video. “They won’t have to truck all over campus to go to different classes in the different schools, so they’re going to be the most affected people by this new center,” said Westervelt. “They’re going to be the greatest beneficiaries as well so I think it’s important to get their thoughts included in talking about it.”

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