Wright State Students Help Out the Dayton Daily News
By: Joey Flayler
DAYTON, Ohio – The midterm election was a busy night for the news media crew at Cox Media Group. Reporters and editors of Dailyflipz aided the news staff at the Dayton Daily News and WHIO Channel 7 by inputting election results.
Reporters of Dailyflipz were given the opportunity to experience how a newsroom operates when tasked with inputting the data from each county.
Brody Beaver, a senior at Wright State University and reporter for Dailyflipz, was honored to have the chance to work election night like actual media professionals.
“It’s my great privilege to help out the Dayton Daily News,” Beaver said. “I’m doing something greater than myself.”
Beaver along with the other Dailyflipz reporters and editors were excited to receive the experience of working behind the scenes for a major metropolitan publication.
Reporters worked with Anthony Shoemaker and Rachel Lanka of Cox Media Group, receiving valuable experience in inputting election results from the Miami Valley and the state of Ohio.
Savannah Jackson, Co-Editor of Dailyflipz and sophomore at Wright State University touched on the experience to work at Dayton Daily News.
“It gives you a chance to appreciate the process the news media goes through,” Jackson said. “It’s quite humbling.”
Each reporter was assigned a specific county in which they input results. Election results were gathered from the data posted by the assigned county’s board of elections.
Reporter Aaron Knowlton was tasked with the election results from the Darke County board of elections.
Inputting election results is a tedious task to complete during election night. The inputted information gets typed into the News Ticker program used by Cox Media and goes straight onto the TV stream on Channel 7 WHIO
The Wright State students were actively checking the results that were flowing in from the different election headquarters. All throughout the night the results changed as all the precincts in the area reported the information from the ballots taken throughout Election Day.
Dailyflipz reporter Natalie Jones went out in the field to report on Democratic candidates in downtown Dayton. Jones awaited election results and reported reactions by candidates.
Jones reported, to both the Dayton Daily News and the editors of dailyflipz, on the energy out in the field as Democrats watched the close races on TV.
“The energy in the room is amazing,” Jones said. “Everyone is excited to be here and everyone is awaiting the results.”
“There are several races that are neck to neck,” Jones reported.
Jones got first hand experience in the field as she talked to Carol Huber of Centerville. Huber told Jones about why she was attending the Democratic watch party in downtown Dayton.
“I am a supporter of Theresa Gasper and I’m hoping the Democrats win,” Huber said.
Jones represented the Dayton Daily News and Channel 7 as she gathered information out on the campaign field during election night. While reporting for the Cox Media Organization, Jones gathered valuable information on how Carol Rice grabbed the attention of younger voters.
“...Social Media…,” Rice said.
Social Media was a big factor in how Rice gained the vote of the younger generation also known as millennials.
The students from Wright State got to experience what real media professionals do on election night by entering election results in for Channel 7.
Theses skills will help the students gain important experience that can be used in the future as they continue their education in media studies at the university.
Ted Beust, Wright State student and reporter for Dailyflipz, was excited to have the chance to work election night with Cox Media.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to cover an election,” Beust said. “These skills are important for a future in journalism.”
The collaboration with the Dayton Daily News and Wright State University was a great experience for the students involved. Students will gain important media connections and networking skills from their work with Shoemaker and the media staff at Cox Media Group.
Duncan McArthur, an extended senior at Wright State, touched on the importance of this experience for him.
“This experience will help me understand democracy and how it works,” McArthur said.
Learning how the results are entered into the computer system was an amazing experience for the students.
The collaboration with Cox Media is an opportunity of a lifetime as the reporters gained important skills that will help them in the future.