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NC Student Journalists Cover Presidential Campaign

Eighth-graders Zach Dunn and Jack Metcalfe have already done something many of their classmates may never experience.

For the last few issues of their school newspaper, Dunn and Metcalfe have written about a field trip to Washington, D.C., and a "biggest loser" faculty competition.

But in one recent assignment, the two covered the presidential field with a story about Barack Obama's campaign to win the White House.

The Oakwood middle schoolers are among a handful of local student journalists who have gone from writing about student government to covering national politics.

Rampant Lines Editor in Chief Caitie Forde-Smith abandoned a story about student evacuation plans when she learned two weeks ago that former President Bill Clinton was coming to South Central High School to campaign for his wife, Hillary.

A week later, she was planning her staff's strategy for covering Obama's visit.


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