NYU’s Washington Square News Publishes Standout Special Election Issue

On Friday, The Washington Square News at New York University published an excellent special issue focused on numerous facets of the rapidly concluding presidential campaign.

As Amy Zhang, the student paper’s web managing editor, tells me, “Our goal was to move past the horse race media coverage of the election that is such an unproductive component of the political theatre during an election year.  For this issue, the WSN wanted to provide our NYU community with a comprehensive guide to all the issues that affect our generation.”

In an introductory editorial featured in the issue, Zhang reminds readers, “There is still a week left until the Nov. 6 Election Day, but that one day will decide the next four years of our lives.  In this issue, we have featured the topics that matter most to you, like health care, the economy, and financial aid.  We have outlined the platforms, ideals, and opinions of each candidate, and we haven’t forgotten other power players: the third parties, vice presidents, and first ladies.  We . . . [also] haven’t forgotten the goodies, like best celebrity tweets or election movies, that are a staple of the political theater.  We lay this information out before you as a tool to build your own truth.”

I’m a sucker for quality profiles, so my favorite portion: “Political Portraits,” a quartet of pieces focused on students active in various political causes– a reminder that issues raised by Romney and Obama extend far beyond the election cycle and campaign trail.

Click here or on the screenshots below to check out the issue.

2 Responses to “NYU’s Washington Square News Publishes Standout Special Election Issue”
  1. I wonder if there’s a bit of editorializing going on with the cover in casting Mr. Romney in an ominous red tone and casting Mr. Obama in ‘hopeful blue’. The traditional color of conservatives is, in fact, blue.

  2. Anna says:

    No matter what the traditional color of either party is, nowadays I think it can be assumed that most people associate Democrats with blue and Republicans with red. I do admit, the red does look a little more ominous, but that’s just the color. Obama isn’t tinted in a bright blue – it’s also a slightly darker blue.