Election Night in America was exciting for everyone, including the media! Myself, along with four other Kid Press Corps member, were reporting live from Scholastic News headquarters in New York City. We were blogging, twittering, and watching the returns come in so we could write breaking news stories for Scholastic News Online.
I started the day interviewing Naomi Koran, Senior Producer of NBC News. She assigns all NBC correspondents to the locations where they cover the news. Another reporter was on the ice rink doing a video report of the election night map being frozen onto the surface. Another reporter interviewed NBC correspondent Rehema Ellis about voter turnout and behavior.
Later, when we arrived at Scholastic headquarters, the Kid Reporter team got down to business, covering not only a historical presidential election, but also other historical results.
News broke that Sen. Elizabeth Dole lost her re-election bid in North Carolina, ending a long run of either a Bush or Dole in elected office. But, there was still some information missing. How long had it been since a Dole or Bush was in an elected position in America?
We dove into research the old-fashion way; turning to Scholastic Headquarters’ Library team. Hard work to find a good source and precise information paid off. We learned that either a Bush or Dole has been serving in elected office for the last 52 years. That ends on January 20, 2009 when President George W. Bush steps down at the end of his second term in office.
There was pressure all around. When one reporter blogged, another reporter twittered. Yet another reporter was writing the lead story for the Web site, while others worked on their NBC reporting pieces. Scholastic editors moderated blog comments and edited stories from other Kid Reporters around the nation reporting in the polling places in their communities. Two Kid Reporters attending the Obama Election Night Party in Chicago, Illinois, were calling reports every half hour to Editor Suzanne Freeman, who was posting blog reports as quickly as she could. Other editors, even the Math magazine editors, were helping edit and fact check.
TVs had been set up all around the fourth floor at Scholastic HQ. We all watched the returns come in and munched on snacks. Scholastic provided us with Chinese food and pizza for dinner.
I had a great election night reporting on history as it was made. I wrote the online Top Story, when Obama was declared the victor just a few minutes past 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. I remember the excitement of watching Senator Obama as he accepted the results of the election. He was President!
We continued to report on the election until 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. I had never stayed up that late before!
Although the election is over, history continues as President-elect Obama begins his transition and his team prepare for the Inauguration. Scholastic Kids Press Corps will continue to cover the stories as they happen. Look for our coverage in Scholastic News and Junior Scholastic magazines, Scholastic News Online, the Ask the Kids Press Corps blogs and on twitter as the Press Corps reports live from the inauguration.
PHOTO: Jack Greenberg (back right) and fellow Kid Reporters (from left) Elizabeth Conway, Jacob Schroeder, Haley Livingston, and Lya Ferreyra at Scholastic Headquarters in New York City on Election Night, November 4, 2008. Editor Dante Ciampaglia (back left) sits at his desk. Photo by Jessica Moon.