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