One student, sophomore political science major Ashley Summerfield, will represent the University of Findlay College Republicans, and the others are journalism/digital media majors who will be reporting on the political action in and around Quicken Loans Arena.
Senior Sarah Stubbs, editor of The Pulse student newspaper, will live tweet and do an Instagram takeover of UF’s account at @Ufindlay on Thursday, July 21, while reporter Heidi Paxson, a sophomore, will be contribute multimedia coverage. Steve Mathie, a junior, will shoot video that will be uploaded to UFTV’s YouTube station, found here. The hashtag for this event will be #UFRNC.
Along with UFTV Manager A.J. du Fresne, UF convention attendees will include Ron Tulley, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts dean and associate professor of English, and Christopher Medjeski, Ph.D., newly hired as assistant professor of communication.
The University’s Twitter and Facebook sites will also be sharing posts from UF attendees.
RNC coverage makes logistical, fiscal and educational sense, given its relatively close proximity, said du Fresne, who acquired university passes from the federal government and has been helping to organize the trip.
UF’s journalism/digital media students don’t plan to attend the Democratic National Convention, to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August, du Fresne said. The trip would be cost prohibitive and time consuming for the students, all of whom have summer jobs that preclude them from taking too much time off, he said. Conversely, three of the four students going to Cleveland are from Northeast Ohio.
Attending the RNC will be “a good opportunity for students” and a prime example of experiential learning that the University of Findlay prides itself on offering, said du Fresne.