Electoral College and the 2016 Election
by Molly E
Ever since the year started, I was so excited to do a backpack story. With the election, I knew I wanted to focus on something political.
At first, I wanted to produce a story on Karl Becker and the question he posed to the presidential candidates at the WashU debate. Then, the story on him died down when it came time for my backpack story, so I decided to produce a story on a broader topic: the electoral college.
When it comes down to it, not many people know about the electoral college. Sure, people know about voting, but do they really know how much their vote factors into the final counts?
Finding sources for this story was easy. I knew that my AP Government and Politics teacher, Mr. Stahl, would be knowledgeable on the topic, seeing as we had just covered the election process in class. The other government teacher in the school, Mr. Beckman, was also a valuable resource.
My friend Hayley Laubinger has been a close follower of the election. She thought the ending results were unfair and I wanted to share her side of the story. My friend Jacob, however, was more supportive of the election outcome. I needed to have an opposing viewpoint. His insight gave the story balance.
My script was easy to write because it was informative and down to the point. Once I was finished slating, logging, and writing the script, I started editing right away.
Getting b-roll for the story was difficult. Since no pictures are legally allowed to be taken at voting centers, I had to find a lot of reusable pictures on sites like Google Commons and others.
In the end, I hope that this story informs people about the election results and how our voting system in America works.