The political season is officially reaching its climax. Week after week, we have been quickly approaching the biggest political night of the year. All the ballyhoo from election night parties will soon be occupying your television as the news anchors jockey to call the race. But you don’t have to have to be in D.C. to get your political groove on.
Any election night comes with plenty of opportunities for student groups to join in on the excitement. One of many ways to do this is hosting a “watch party.” All you need is three basic things:
This is pretty simple – just turn on your TV to any of the big news stations. To give you a rundown of who will be anchoring on what stations, check out this list:
ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos
NBC: Brian Williams, David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, and Tom Brokaw
CBS: Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Norah O’Donnell, and John Dickerson
CNN: Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper
Fox News: Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly
MSNBC: Rachel Maddow
You can also kick-it old school and tune into the coverage on your local NPR station.
Whether it’s a hand-me-down television in your dorm room or a floor to ceiling projection screen in a lecture hall, you’re going to need something to watch the event on. If available, classrooms and lecture halls tend to hold crowds the best. Most things are streamed live through YouTube or respective websites, so setup shouldn’t be a hassle. And, if you’re feeling exceptionally creative and pumped up, why not try to set up more than one TV/Computer? With over five news channels and plenty of other stations showing their own coverage (MTV, VH1, C-Span), it couldn’t hurt to give your attendees a few different options!
Perhaps the most important aspect of any event is the people! Create a Facebook event or take out an ad in your school’s paper. Consider giving out free stuff like t-shirts or other promos. Do anything you can to get the word out. An election night watch party wouldn’t be much fun without any viewers.
Some other options:
Anything edible usually attracts college students to events, and keeps them coming back to others. Grab some snacks or order a few pizzas to ensure larger participation.
Politics usually makes the intellectuals in the room want to chit chat. Build in some time to talk after the show is over. You can even plan questions ahead of time to get people’s brains moving and mouths running.
Using the formula above, any watch party should be a success, and even though the big day is tomorrow, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from putting on the best Election Night in town!
Let us know if you’ve had any successful watch parties or other political events on your campus, we’d love to hear about them!