Bob Gould has taught broadcast journalism in the Michigan State University School of Journalism since 2007 and spent nearly 18 years working in a television newsroom as a TV News photojournalist. He's an EMMY-award winning journalist and former president of the National Press Photographers Association.
As election is getting heated, we gathered opinions on a voter ID law. which would require a photo ID to prove you are a U.S. citizen. We hear from MSU faculty member Fredrick Fico, and other students on this issue. While the majority we interviewed agree that we should have such a law to make sure only Americans vote, one student thinks it could also hurt people who do not have a photo ID. Voter ID law
College campuses arguably have the largest amount of first time voters. After speaking to several Michigan State students, including Roneesha Jackson, Nate Kesto and Tommy McCoy, the temperature of the presidential elections became a bit more clear. Some students were unsure about whether or not they were going to even register to vote. Nate Kesto said he wanted to learn more about the candidates before he even made the decision to register to vote. Breonnya Wright said she didn’t want to vote and wasn’t interested in the presidential election, while Jacob Riesser said he would prefer not to share who he was voting for but was confident he would register and vote in his home town.
Michigan State students talk about how they feel Romney and Obama convey themselves in advertising. The result was incredibly pessimistic, as most students felt both candidates were too concerned with attacking one another than addressing serious issues. A few students held a more nuanced view of the subject, but by and large this was the case. Here’s some of the best samples.
With issues like abortion, the economy, the war, and the deficit polarizing voters across the country, Rose Keane asks the students and faculty of Michigan State University’s Lansing campus what issues are most important to them. Healthcare and the deficit were the most commonly given answers.
LANSING – A Detroit senator says it should be easier for military and overseas citizens to vote in November after 150 voters received absentee ballots late for the August primaries. But there’s virtually no chance the law will be changed in time for this year’s election. Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, said he was upset when 70 city and township clerks missed state and federal deadlines to provide military and overseas voters with their absentee ballots in time for the August primaries. Young’s bill would allow overseas military and voters to electronically submit their absentee ballots. He said, “If these brave young men and women are out there for us, it is about time that we stand up for them.”
The bill would also apply to Michigan non-military citizens who are out of the country on Election Day.