Covering Election 2012

Tori was a part of WUFT’s 2012 Election Night coverage. She went on site to Congressional candidate Ted Yoho’s support gathering and delivered updates from the field back to the WUFT-TV newsroom.

Election Night in the WUFT Newsroom via wuft.org.

The WUFT newsroom had its first real test since opening at the beginning of the fall semester at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida covering the 2012 election with live updates throughout election night.

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Gemma Spofforth Feature Story

This feature story by Tori Petry was selected as a National Broadcasting Society Awards Finalist.

Gemma Spofforth, assistant coach for the University of Florida swim team, doesn’t feel the need to be defined by her identity in the pool, even though she has an impressive swimming resume: former Gator, British Olympian and world record holder.

“I’ve got more to give, and I’ve got more to do in my life,” Spofforth said.

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espnW: NASCAR not just for the boys

Fuel mileage. Restrictor plates. Bump drafting.

It sounds like a foreign language to those outside of the world of stock car racing, but to 75 million NASCAR fans, it’s their native tongue.

Surprisingly, men aren’t the only ones who speak this language. In fact, 40 percent of the NASCAR fan base is female. And they have no problem keeping up with the boys when it comes to talking about racing.

“I know every driver,

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AWSM 2012: Panel on using Twitter in sports journalism

In a generation where consumers are attached to phones and the Internet at the hip, journalists are increasingly integrating social media into their coverage. But with the emerging technology comes risk.

A premature and inaccurate report on Twitter last fall that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died was a reminder for reporters and editors alike to re-examine how social media websites like Twitter and Facebook fit into their reporting. Though many company policies clearly outline their ethical standpoints,

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