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OU Students to Report on Millenial Perspective Related to the U.S. Presidential Campaign

Robert D. Putnam



NORMAN — University of Oklahoma students will be reporting the millennial concerns that develop as the U.S. presidential campaign gets into high gear during a semester-long reporting project of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Journalism faculty John Schmeltzer and Mike Boettcher with assistance from Keith Gaddie, chair of OU’s political science department, are overseeing the project in which 14 undergraduate students and a graduate student/teaching assistant will participate. 

Students will be leaving Jan. 17 for Des Moines, Iowa, where they will spend the next 16 days on the campaign trail across the state with the Democrat and Republican candidates covering the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, which are scheduled for Feb. 1. They will be covering 10 of the candidates. Each student has selected the candidate/candidates they will cover.

As the semester evolves, plans call for one student to go to New Hampshire for the Feb. 9 primary, two students to cover the primary in South Carolina in Feb. 20 and all to be involved during the month of February covering the campaigns of those 10 candidates in Oklahoma and Texas leading up to Super Tuesday on March 1.

Content the students produce will be published on Huffington Post Pollster and will be made available to media outlets at OU and across the state. All of the content will appear on Oklahoma Routes,, the online magazine for Gaylord College.

The reporting project culminates with a wrap-up package discussing the impact millennials, now the nation’s largest generation, will have in this election.

Media who wish to develop this story or who want more information can contact John Schmeltzer at

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