Students Work with CNN on Debate Night Program

by | Dec 18, 2020 | Around the ‘Bein.

As viewers across the United States watched the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, Otterbein was again in the national media spotlight as our students had the opportunity to lend their talents and opinions to a national news production.

CNN came to Otterbein to host a focus group of 14 undecided voters, which included three Otterbein students. Another small group of students helped with field technical support as crew members. Additionally, CNN professionals visited several classes giving students meaningful insight into the work of national media.

This was CNN’s second visit to Otterbein in less than a year. In October 2019, CNN hosted the fourth Democratic primary debate on a stage in Otterbein’s Rike Center. More than 120 students had internships with CNN for that production, while dozens of other students met with The New York Times reporters, participated on panels, assisted with related events, and represented Otterbein to viewers across the country.

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