Election Day 2018 Coverage
This election day, all across the country, eager voters rushed in droves to cast their ballots in what may shape out to be one of the most pivotal races in recent history.
In State College Pennsylvania, home to Penn State University, students like Tian Zhao felt like they were voting for more than just themselves.
“As a minority, and as someone who is an immigrant, I want to support other immigrants and also the women in my life,” he said. “It’s especially important today, as opposed to other elections, because there’s a lot of people fighting for their rights out there.”
Another student named Megan Stoddard, who identifies as a gay woman, echoed this sentiment. She feels that the current administration has implemented policies that have been detrimental to the LGBT community.
“I think it’s really important for people like me to go out and vote so that [our] rights are not taken away,” she said.
Other Penn Staters didn’t feel as personally threatened, but nonetheless, expressed a need for change. Gabriella Giotta, who referred to herself as a liberal democrat, said that she wanted more people in office who are willing to fight against Trump.
“I think we really need to come out [and vote] this year in particular to take back the house,” she said.
Regardless of their motives, most of the students seemed to agree that exercising the right to vote is an important part of maintaining a healthy democracy.
“I know how important it is for me, even if I’m just one person, to make sure that my voice is heard,” said Francesca Campanaro.
“I think a lot of the time if you’re neglecting to vote, you’re neglecting your power to be heard throughout the country,” said A.J. Collevecchilo.
Video Credits (in order of appearance):
• Andrew Buzzelli
• Megan Stoddard
• Malik Turner
• Francesca Campanaro
• Gabriella Giotto
• Billy Issertell
About the Contributors
Senior / Digital/Print Journalism, New Media Entrepreneurship
Tyler Losier will be graduating Penn State University in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in digital and print journalism and a minor in new media entrepreneurship.
He has interned at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the digital media content and operations department. While there, he compiled research and conducted interviews in order to cover a variety of different news stories, produced and curated multimedia content to help enhance the digital presence of the AccuWeather brand, and helped manage the company’s social media presence across multiple platforms.
Fall of his senior year, he was also selected to participate in a remote, semester-long independent study with PublicSource, an online publication in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to serve in a fact checking role. During this time, he worked under fellow journalists to help scrutinize and review the factual content of articles to ensure accurate and impartial reporting, and participated in data mining and research to assist PublicSource staff members in compiling resources for stories.
After graduation, Tyler hopes to pursue a career in multimedia journalism that allows him to cover the topics that he is passionate about, such as politics and the opioid crisis.