Students help anchor CitiCable election night coverage for second year

Students also doing reports on related topics such as why young people don't vote, how candidates spend money | November 6, 2006

More than two dozen Xavier University students are taking the front lines Nov. 7, when they help anchor election night coverage for CitiCable for the second year in a row. CitiCable, cable channel 23, is the government access channel for the City of Cincinnati.

The students, who are sophomores in the Philosophy, Politics and the Public honors program and electronic media majors, are doing live reports from the Hamilton County Board of Elections during CitiCable’s election night coverage from 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

In addition to reporting election night numbers, the students plan to do reports on several election-related topics such as why young people don’t vote and how candidates spend money.

The students are also providing political analysis of four key races: Ohio Governor, Hamilton County Commissioner, 1st U.S. Congressional district and Ohio Senate.

“These students have actually worked on these particular campaigns,” explains Gene Beaupré, director for government relations and PPP professor. “So they will be able to provide a keen insight as to how the election is shaping up.”

The students take part in the campaigns as part of their assignments for Beaupré’s “Mass Media & Politics” class.

Beaupré is also taking the airwaves, offering analysis on the election results from the Board of Elections. Marketing and political consultant Jerry Galvin is anchoring the election night coverage from CitiCable studios. Several Xavier juniors, who helped with coverage last year, are also working on the broadcast.

This year’s CitiCable election night coverage can be seen in Cincinnati on cable channel 23; in Norwood on channel 4 and in Anderson Township on channel 8.

CitiCable, along with 2005 election night coverage partners Waycross Community Media and ICRC, are being honored next month for last year’s election coverage on which Xavier students appeared.

CitiCable is receiving three Philo T. Farnsworth Awards for live programs, election coverage and political awareness programming. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Community Media’s Central States Region, which includes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. The award honors the memory of Philo T. Farnsworth, the pioneer of the all-electric television system, by recognizing the efforts of modern day pioneers who work to further develop the use of this technology and promote the use of television in our communities. The “PHILO” is awarded as recognition of excellence in cable programming.