Countdown to Hofstra Votes Live!

Hofstra students are just days away from their first ever live presidential election simulcast – in the middle of a pandemic – with more than 150 students working remotely and on-set to livestream from the Herbert School of Communication on Long Island. 

Strict social distancing and PPE guidelines will be followed throughout the Herbert School in our newsroom, decision desk, three studios and two control rooms as we update the public with real-time results from the Associated Press and other sources for all of the key national, regional races. 

Among the 150 students is Amudulat Ajasa who will be reporting live from Minnesota

Among the 150 students is Amudulat Ajasa who will be reporting live from Minnesota

All anchors, talent and staff on-campus will wear masks for the entirety of the production and its preparation. 

Hofstra Votes Live, first launched for the 2018 midterm elections, will consist of a one-hour preview show on Nov. 1 and a four-hour simulcast on Nov. 3 streaming on the school’s YouTube and Facebook pages, 88.7FM Radio Hofstra University and The HEAT Network, the student television network. 

Media Assets 

YouTube Links The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

Facebook Link Herbert School on Facebook

Student leaders Hofstra Votes LIVE | Hofstra | New York

I’d be happy to set up an interview for you with any of the student leaders on the project or with Dean Mark Lukasiewicz of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, who ran presidential election coverage for NBC News for many years. 

Dean Lukasiewicz created the Hofstra Votes Live initiative in 2018.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or requests.

Thank you,

Gab Varano on behalf of the Hofstra Votes Live PR Team

(551) 795-9586

other research

Publications: editor-reviewed

Fincham, K (2016) 11 Ways to Integrate Social Media into J-School Classes, MediaShift Retrieved at 2016/07/11-ways-integrate-social-media-j-school-classes/

Fincham, K (2015) How to Teach Data Journalism for Beginners. MediaShift. (Change in branding from PBS). Retrieved at http://

Fincham, K., Wright, L. (2014) Helping Journalism Faculty Bridge the Social Media Knowledge Gap. PBS MediaShift. Retrieved at


Fincham K (2014) 24 Hours of Immigration Reform Reporting on Twitter Poynter Foundation. Retrieved at

Fincham, K (2014) 11 Steps to a Better Twitter Stream PBS MediaShift. Retrieved at http://

Fincham, K (2013) How to keep a student news site updated with Rebel Mouse. Poynter Foundation. Retrieved at

Fincham, K (2012) Hofstra students text, tweet and Facebook for Hurricane Sandy reporting ONA Issues. Retrieved at


Fincham, K (2012) What every young journalist should know about using Twitter Poynter Foundation.

Fincham, K. (2012). 7 ways journalists can make better ethical decisions when using Facebook Poynter Foundation. Retrieved at

Fincham, K. (2012). How journalism educators can use Coursekit to enhance classroom learning Poynter Foundation. Retrieved at http:/ /

Fincham, K. (2012) Connecting the dots on data journalism. Poynter Foundation. Retrieved from http://

Fincham, K. (2011) 4 Ways journalism educators are using Storify as a teaching tool. Poynter Foundation. Retrieved from

Fincham, K. (2011). Storify the news: making sense of 140 million tweets a day. Convergence. Retrieved from Convergence Newsletter at USC Columbia

Fincham, K. (2011) Using Storify for journalism education. Storify. Retrieved from http://

Fincham, K. (2011). Social media and 9.11 / A legacy of silent voices. Irish Examiner. Retrieved from http://

Fincham, K. (2011) Storify in the classroom. Journal of Media Literacy. Retrieved from

Presentations: Invited

Fincham K, (2017, February) Presenter and panelist, How Did Social Media Change the 2016 Presidential Race? Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, Hofstra

Fincham K, (2017, February) Panelist, The New Social Media: Protecting Yourself From Fake News, Social Media Symposium, Hofstra

Fincham K, (2016, December) Presenter, Towards a hybrid media system, Faculty Research Presentation, Hofstra University.

Fincham K, (2015, August) Moderating, Presiding Panelist and Presenter:  Promises and Pitfalls, Teaching Social Media News Practices to the Digitally Active, AEJMC National Conference, San Francisco.

Fincham K, (2014, August) Panelist, Tweet This: Two Weeks on the Social Media Frontlines, AEJMC National Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Fincham K. (2014, August) Teaching tools with Editing breakfast, AEJMC National Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Fincham K, Bui, K. (2013, August). Curation Station – Social Media Strategies for Breaking News. Society of Professional Journalists National Conference. Anaheim, California

Fincham, K, (2013, August) Presenter and panelist, Big ideas and best practice for student-produced news. AEJMC National Conference, Washington, D.C.

Fincham K. (2013, August). Teaching editing tips. Editing breakfast, AEJMC National Conference. Washington, D.C.

Fincham K. (2013, April). Copy editing for the digital age, New York Press Association Conference, Saratoga, N.Y.

Fincham K. (2013, February) Tweet That Assignment – A survey of best practice in social media education, panel, Journalism Interactive Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Fincham K. (2013, February) Teaching social media, panel, Journalism Interactive Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Fincham K. (2012, September). Copy editing in the digital age. Society of Professional Journalists National Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fincham, K. (2012, October). Social media ethics panel. Communication of Choice and Consequence. The New York State Communication Association, Ellenville, N.Y.

Fincham, K (2012, March) Speaker, Social media panel, Region 1, Society of Professional Journalists Conference, Stony Brook University, N.Y.

Fincham, K. (2011, October). Chair, Research Panel: Social Media: Making and Breaking Connections. Annual conference. The New York State Communication Association, Ellenville, N.Y.

Ramp up your job prospects with Excel and basic data skills

Did you know that new and student journalists can really stand out to potential employers if they develop proficiency in basic data skills?

Do you love sports and want to find a way into sports journalism?

Do you want to learn how to tell richer stories and create multiplatform content?

Then why not sign up to learn how to use data in JRNL 083 for Spring 2019!

You bring the story ideas and let Google and Excel help you visualize it! This map – showing food violations at restaurants around Hofstra – was built in 3 minutes by a complete beginner (me!) using Google’s My Maps and a CSV file downloaded from New York’s public data site.

Data skills can also give you the confidence to experiment with story forms. Take a look at this map showing which zip codes support which baseball teams. Want to see more? Look at the sports stories on Chartball  which all started out as datasets!

Interested in giving a voice to the voiceless? Look at this interactive map which vividly illustrates the history of collective violence against black communities in the US in a way that text alone can’t convey.

These are just some of the examples of the content you can create using basic data skills.

And the best thing? No math is needed and no coding is required. 🙂

Also, the JRNL 10 pre-req is waived for this class. Email me for more information. It’ll be fun 🙂