GPC Students to Report for AP on Super Tuesday Elections03/02/2012
Contact: Beverly James
Author: Beverly James
For Immediate Release
Three Georgia Perimeter College journalism students have been hired by The Associated Press to report on election night activities on March 6, also known as Super Tuesday. That’s when voters in 10 states, including Georgia, choose the Republican candidate for president.
Kevin Jackson, Rhett Lewis and Benjamin Yoder will be official news stringers for the entire political season. Their first event will be to cover three Georgia counties during the Super Tuesday elections. The students will be the eyes and ears for The AP in Rockdale, Newton and Clayton counties, stringing at the county vote tabulation sights.
“As you might imagine, the students are very excited to be a part of the election night coverage and in particular, to have this work with The Associated Press,” said GPC journalism professor Susan Westfall. “I, too, am excited for them, and proud to see them gaining real media experience during such an important time in the political season.”
Kevin Jackson, of Stone Mountain in Gwinnett County, hopes to parlay the experience into a fulltime career as a journalist. Jackson will report on Newton County during the election year.
“This is a big step toward us becoming real reporters,” Jackson said. “The Associated Press is known worldwide and basically wrote the book when it comes to writing in a journalistic style, so what better company to learn from?”
Rhett Lewis, who lives in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood, will cover Rockdale County on election night. The self-proclaimed “political nerd” said he is overwhelmed by the opportunity to participate in Super Tuesday activities.
“It’s neat to be a part of the voting process and actually relay the totals of such an important election,” said Lewis, who will graduate from GPC and continue his studies at Georgia State. “It’s an awesome chance to gain experience and become a better journalist. But we are also a part of history as we help during a presidential election year.”
Benjamin Yoder, of Conyers, will cover Clayton County on March 6. After graduating from GPC this summer, he plans to attend Georgia State and continue his journalism studies. “I hope to one day work as a video gaming journalist and this job will definitely help me toward that goal. I am excited for this opportunity to become a working journalist,” he said.
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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 27,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.