Grady Newsource to produce live election night special

Broadcast and digital journalism students in Grady Newsource will gain valuable, hands-on political reporting experience this Election Day, Nov. 4.

In addition to gathering stories throughout the day, pushing them out to social media, the website and mobile, and broadcasting the regularly scheduled 5 p.m. newscast, students will produce an election night special.

Every hour and on the half beginning at 7 p.m., Newsource will give five-minute reports on local, regional, state and national races with the latest information from polling places. At 9 p.m., Newsource will broadcast a half-hour election special summarizing and providing context to results. The coverage will include on-the-scene updates from Newsource reporters stationed in Atlanta at the campaign headquarters of candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate. A panel of election experts also will join students in the newsroom at Grady College and provide commentary.

“Since producing this election coverage was strictly a voluntary effort, we are especially pleased at the number of students who stepped up and realized what an important and unique opportunity they have to dramatically enhance their knowledge while serving the public in such a vital way,” said Dodie Cantrell-Bickley, lecturer in Newsource.

The Newsource newscast and special election coverage will air on UGA channel 15.1 and Charter Cable 181. The shows also will stream on

Fourteen African journalists visiting the University of Georgia James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research through the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists will observe and interact with the students.

Grady Newsource is a student production of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Date: November 3, 2014
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,
Contact:  Dodie Cantrell-Bickley,