Listen: Behind the scenes of The CT’s election night coverage

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Georgia Geen, Executive Editor

Last week, The Commonwealth Times, along with just about every media outlet in the state, covered Virginia’s General Assembly elections, in which every seat in the Senate and House was up for grabs.

What did it take for a college newsroom to produce live digital coverage of statewide elections? Pizza, focus and quite a few Google Docs. Listen to Managing Editor Andrew Ringle’s podcast, No Word Count, for an inside view into how we covered Virginia’s statehouse elections.

A recap of our coverage

  • Democrat Ghazala Hashmi unseated Republican incumbent Sen. Glen Sturtevant.

  • Speaker of the House Kirk Cox kept his seat despite a challenge from VCU alumna Sheila Bynum-Coleman.

  • And Democrats secured a trifecta majority — meaning they will control the House, Senate and governor’s mansion — for the first time since 1993.



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