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Voting Young: American University Students Report on First-Time Voters

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Voting Young: American University Students Report on First-Time Voters

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Many voters will be visiting the polls for the first time this election year. With so many diverse issues at hand, American University students in Washington, D.C., decided to report on issues that matter to their peers in a project called Voting Young.

The class project included original reporting from students in Professor Amy Eisman's Writing for Convergent Media class, and a survey distributed and analyzed by students in Professor Maria Ivancin's Public Communication Research class.

According to Ivancin, the survey was given to 425 college students ages 18 to 21 on eight campuses in the Washington area. The surveys were completed from March 6 to 20,

Eisman said survey questions were based on relevant topics for each age group, such as who they would like to see as president and what influences their political views. Fifteen original stories were developed by Eisman's students, ranging from social media's role in the election to a feature about two roommates with opposing political beliefs. …

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