mILLENNIALS TO PLAY BIG ROLE IN
2018 MID-TERM ELECTION
By Savannah Jackson
Co-Editor, Daily Flipz.com
Co-Editor, Daily Flipz.com
This could be the political year of the millennial.
Millennials, in 2016, cast 34 million votes, almost twice as many as the number cast in 2008, according to a Pew Research study. More than 69 million millennials voters between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible to cast ballots.
The potential power of this voting segment has spurred reporters for DailyFlipz.com, a student-run publication at Wright State University, to examine
millennials’ impact on politics.
“We want students to engage with the topic, learn and grow as writers, and understand how to operate effectively and professionally in the media today, regardless of the platform and style of journalism” said Ken Paxson, one of the class instructors.
Even though the overall topic of the project focuses on the millennial impact on politics. The articles are not just geared towards the millennial demographic. The goal is to inform readers of the issues both locally and nationally.
Reporters are expected to inform readers on current political topics, free from bias. “Our hope is that we provide readers with engaging stories, images and videos that inform and shed light on multiple aspects of politics in a professional and revealing manner” Paxson said.
Journalists at Dailyflipz.com will be branding their project with the hashtag #MillennialsImpactPolitics. This topic is an important issue with more millennials becoming voters this year.
Considering a high number of college students fit into the millennial category, making college students aware of the importance of being registered to vote has become a major focus in the political spectrum. This past September several organizations at Wright State University volunteered to help students register to vote.
In the fall, journalists from Dailyflipz.com will be covering a wide range of topics within the category of how millennials impact politics. Natalie Jones, a reporter for DailyFlipz.com will be covering the ramifications of a proposed tax levy in City of Xenia, Ohio regarding the construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repairs for roads.
Reporters from DailyFlipz.com will also being covering several different aspects of the midterm election cycle and the political spectrum of today. Reporters will look into kneeling as a form of protesting. They will also be covering the legalization of marijuana and the need student loan debt legislation.
Millennials are casting
2016: 34 million
2008: 16 million
More Millennials are
eligible to vote
69.2 million in 2018
Percent of Millennials
who say they'll vote in 2018