During my first semester at the University of Colorado Boulder, one of the required classes to take was Newsgathering I, taught by Instructor Jeffrey Browne. The class was designed to teach a wide variety of multimedia reporting skills. It included producing a weekly news report that was then posted on the class weblog site named Under the Flatirons. Each student was assigned to two beats during the course of the semester. For the first five weeks, I covered crime & punishment in Boulder, for the second part, I was assigned to the city government beat.
Jeff Browne came to CU-Boulder from the University of Kansas, where he was a lecturer and director of the Kansas Journalism Institute. Browne also worked at the Colorado State University for 10 years, where he ended up being the director of student media.
During the second half of that semester, I focused part of my coverage on the 2013 coordinated election, something that went along really well with the volunteer reporting for The Blue Line that I was doing. One of our assignments included live coverage of election night. To read the stories and enjoy the various multimedia complements that go along with them, click on any of the listed headlines.