Curtin University and WA Today have teamed up to run a pop-up newsroom covering the WA state election. The team—consisting of journalism student volunteers—are running a live blog with relevant stories from around the state.
WA Today’s Heather McNeill says it’s interesting no other newsrooms seem to be focusing on blogging for the state election. “People can get the most up to date information on where the candidates are, what they’re doing, and what they’re spruiking”
“We want to provide what’s happening on the election trail in a short snappy grab that people can consume while they’re busy at work.”
McNeill says WA Today wanted to tap into the student resources at Curtin University, as the university is well known for the practicality of its media courses.
Student Project Co-Ordinator Jonathon Daly says the chaotic nature of university students’ lives make scheduling the project challenging. “One girl we were supposed have come in this morning was in a car accident.”
“Writing stuff for a live blog is a little bit different to writing a traditional story,” said Daly, “It’s only 100 words, and if you’re passionate about something, it’s hard to write just 100 words.”
Follow the live blog here