Summer Innovation Lab Holds Promise

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Our 12 fellows arrived June 1 and were immediately thrown into multimedia training sessions and brainstorming meetings. They participated in tutorials given by faculty and top professionals on shooting and editing audio and video and on voicing scripts. (And they quickly began giving tutorials to each other – beginning with an excellent one from Jose Castillo on shooting and editing photos.) The fellows were taught how to use a software tool to analyze the huge data sets we had secured on voter attitudes, so that we could begin to create narratives about the impact of America’s changing demographics on voting patterns and politics.

I soon grouped them into three teams so that they could begin to conceptualize how to report, frame and present stories and interact with our audience on the three topics targeted by our Carnegie professor: Latino voters, mixed-race voters and youth voters. All three population groups are growing by leaps.

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