TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Student Voter Coalition will host a Presidential Election Night Watch Party on Tuesday, November 4, from 7 p.m. to midnight in the quadrangle on FAMU’s campus.
FAMU has asked Florida State University Student Voter Coalition/Black Student Union Movement to join them to help sponsor the event in cooperation with TV One.
FAMU President James H. Ammons, several elected officials and political commentators will participate in the watch party.
“We’ll have big screen TV monitors to watch the results roll in,” said Vincent Evans, a member of the FAMU student voter coalition. “We encourage students to bring lawn chairs and blankets.”
In the event of inclement weather, the Presidential Election Night Watch Party will be moved into the Lee Hall Auditorium.
Dorothy Bland, FAMU’s journalism division director, said she is delighted that TV One, the national cable network that targets African-Americans, will partner with FAMU broadcast journalism students to provide cut-ins between 7 p.m. and midnight from FAMU’s campus. TV One reaches more than 45.8 million households.
Brent Hatchett, a TV 20 at Five anchor and broadcast journalism student from Detroit, and Alicia Mitchell, another TV 20 at Five anchor and broadcast journalism student from Orlando, will anchor the national feeds from the FAMU campus.
“This is great exposure for FAMU, our students and FAMU-TV 20,” said Kenneth Jones, an associate professor and coordinator for broadcast journalism.
Jones added that the students in the advanced TV news class, under the leadership of William Jiles, will produce a half-hour Election Night Show at 11 p.m. on Comcast’s Cable Channel 20.
Keith Miles, general manager for FAMU’s WANM-FM 90.5 radio station, said broadcast students will provide hourly election night updates on 90.5 from the Leon County Courthouse and the FAMU campus that evening.
According to Andrew Skerritt, an assistant professor and adviser for the Famuan, FAMU’s award-winning student newspaper, the newspaper will have a special election issue in print and online.
FAMU’s student voter coalition organized a Wake Up to Vote Rally and March on October 20, the first day of early voting in the State of Florida. More than 1,000 individuals participated. FAMU President James H. Ammons led FAMU students, faculty, and staff to the Leon County Courthouse.
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