1. The 12, aimed at keeping track of campaign issues across swing states. The site is powered by Tumblr and will be populated by student journalists in 12 of the most competitive 2012 election states.

    Using content aggregated from student media outlets and local news sources, the 12 will be a site that leverages Tumblr’s curation tools to feature election news that matters most to voters in battleground states and identify campaign issues that have yet to bubble up to the national conscience.

    Why are university Democrats so keyed into the Ohio Senate race between State Treasurer Josh (R) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D)? What impact will Pennsylvania’s fast-growing Hispanic population have in November? And just how many independents are there in North Carolina?  These are the types of questions that will be explored in The 12.

    The 12 team will also focus on coverage that most affects young voters, who turned out in record numbers to propel Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008. But it’s unclear whether the under-30 crowd will do the same in 2012. 

    THE 12 TEAM

    Natalie Jennings, social media manager for Post Politics, leads The 12, a group of talented young reporters, videographers, and digital journalists who are watching the election closely from key battleground states. On Twitter: @ngjennings

    Meet our team:

    Yvonne Gonzalez is a senior at Arizona State University and is the incoming editor-in-chief for The State Press, ASU’s campus newspaper. On Twitter: @ymgonzal

    Alison Noon is a Media Studies and Political Science major at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she works at the CU Independent. On Twitter:  @alisonnoon

    Jade Douso is a senior at the  University of North Florida.

    Zach Tilly, a junior at the University of Iowa, is an opinions reporter at the Daily Iowan and assistant general manager of KRUI, Iowa’s student-run radio station. On Twitter: @ZachTilly

    Susan Woods is a junior at Wayne State University and a member of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. She is an editorial intern at Metro Parent, a staff writer for WSU’s South End newspaper, and co-hosted a radio show on the WSU student radio network. On Twitter: @the_news_junkie


    The Missouri 12 Robert Abel is a student at is run by Missouri University. On Twitter: @RobertAbel27 | @haininh | @TravisZimpfer

    Riley Snyder is a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno. He’s the current news intern for the Reno Gazette-Journal, and is a former news editor for the Nevada Sagebrush. On Twitter @RileySnyder

    Jake DeSchuiteneer  is a junior at the Univ. of New Hampshire. He works as a copy editor for the student-operated, pop-culture/general interest publication Main Street Magazine, contribute to UNH’s student newspaper, The New Hampshire, and writes a blog called Blue Anvil music. On Twitter: @DeSchuiteneer

    Caitlin Pozernick is a senior at the University of New Mexico majoring in political science with a minor in Native American studies. She contributes to Dawn of Nations Today, which focuses on issues facing Native Americans.  

    Sarah Glen is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a writer and editor, then online editor for the Daily Tar Heel and is now the Team Captain for the WhichWayNC Project. On Twitter: @_sarahglen

    Justin Lagore is a senior at Kent State University. He directs KSU student media’s mobile development team and coordinates social media efforts for the school’s integrated newsroom.   On Twitter: @JustinLagore

    Haley Kmetz is a senior at Temple University and an intern at WHYY-TV. She previously interned with WHYY’s live radio newsmagazine, NewsWorks Tonight, and with the City Desk at The Philadelphia Daily News. On Twitter: @HaleyKmetz 

    Mechelle Hankerson is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University and the executive editor of VCU’s student newspaper, the Commonwealth Times. On Twitter:  @mechelleh

    Tessa Fox is the Viewpoints Desk Editor for the Marquette University Tribune and a reporter for the Marquette Journal. On Twitter: @TessaFFox


About The 12

The 12 is a group Tumblr of The Washington Post and student journalists in 12 battleground states documenting the 2012 presidential election and capturing perspectives of young voters.

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ngjennings

ngjennings

ryankellett

ryankellett

washingtonpostpolitics

washingtonpostpolitics

alison-noon

alison-noon

haleykmetz

haleykmetz

jakepdeschuiteneer

jakepdeschuiteneer

justinlagore

justinlagore

mechellehankerson

mechellehankerson

news-junkie

news-junkie

remadebyjade

remadebyjade

rileyjsnyder

rileyjsnyder

sarahglen

sarahglen

tessafox

tessafox

thatgoeshere

thatgoeshere

tylerborchers

tylerborchers

zachtilly

zachtilly