Democracy in Action

Democracy in Action (DIA) is an Election Day project run by student journalists in the Newhouse School. Students report live from polling sites around Central New York and produce stories about the issues that brought voters to the polls. The 2023 off-year election will mark DIA’s 14th year of telling voters’ stories.

On Election Day, students fan out to polling places across Onondaga County, starting from when polls open and continuing throughout the day. Rather than focusing on specific races and results, the stories feature the voters and topics like why they vote, why this election is important in their communities, what they are teaching their children about voting and why voting truly is “democracy in action.”

Students on assignment represent multiple journalism programs at the Newhouse School, including graduate and undergraduate students in Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Magazine, News and Digital Journalism; and Visual Communications.

Project participants aim to produce a rich collection of stories using text, audio, video and still photography. We hope you enjoy everything you see, read and hear!  Let us know @DemocracyAction or #nhdia on Twitter.