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Election 2010: Voter Turnout – EIV News, Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 29, 2011

Election day never coincides with a convenient time in one’s schedule to go out and cover things. If I recall, I’d been pulling virtually no sleep for a few days because of schoolwork and cross-country, and then wham! election coverage was upon us. But it’s an opportunity you can’t pass up, even when you’re exhausted.

My assignment, because of my schedule, was to go to the polls and talk to voters as they came out. This is not an easy task, as there are strict rules about cameras in the polls (obviously). Most are common sense for a courteous person, but I made sure I had them memorized before I went over there anyway.

Here is the original version for EIV. It aired the next day (November 3) on our election show, but I had it completed on Tuesday because of a busy class schedule on Wednesday. Then I came into the studio on Wednesday to do a live, in-studio tag to my piece during the show.

Voter Turnout from EIVTV on Vimeo.

Clearly, there are things that could have been done better. It was pretty tough to get people to talk, since we couldn’t go outside (not enough light) and we also couldn’t get near the polls (because of the rules). So I had to work with the few interviews I got.

I had a photographer with me, so some of the shooting I did, some I didn’t.

I did get the chance to re-work the piece the next week for class, and this is that version:

Again, there are things that could have been changed, but I worked with what I had. It was definitely a good experience diving into a political story and turning it around within hours.

One thing I do remember about that was walking out of the BPL from the first shooting set, only to see Governor Deval Patrick leaving, surrounded by the press. I think I remember going into haywire mode trying to pull the camera out and get the mic on (my photog had NO idea why I suddenly went into speed-setup mode), but alas, too late. Oh well. Would have been nice to get a quote.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

May 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM