In what will prove to be a landmark presidential election, the University of West Georgia mass communications students are set to make history by covering the local general election for the first time in the university’s history.

Student poll workerWUTV, the university’s television channel, allows students to gain first-hand experience in news reporting. According to the station's general manager and mass communications adjunct professor Sonya Barnes, students are lining up to assist with the Nov. 8 election coverage.

“I have never seen such enthusiasm and excitement from the students,” Barnes said. “Even in an 8 a.m. planning meeting, the energy level was high. The students know this is a major historic event, and they want to be a part of covering it.”

Charter Communications subscribers in Carroll County can watch the broadcast from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Channel 180. Coverage will also be streamed live on the channel’s website at The news team will provide regular updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @uwgwutv.

“We have partnered with UWG’s political science department, the Murphy Center and the Carroll County Board of Elections,” added Barnes. "We’ll feature several guest panelists to discuss key issues and live shots by our video journalists from the UWG campus center ballroom and Carroll County Board of Elections.”

WUTV produces live, digital broadcasting and seeks to be the go-to channel for news and events happening around the county. The station’s primary mission is as an instructional and experiential learning laboratory. Students write, shoot, edit and produce quality educational, informative and entertaining programming.  

“We’re gaining a reputation as a producer of talented broadcast journalists,” said Barnes. “Our alumni work with industry leaders, such as ESPN, and in top markets, like Birmingham and Miami. We’re proud of them and excited as we continue to break new ground with live election coverage.”

Posted on Nov. 8, 2016