Regina Lawrence, faculty fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation and School of Journalism professor at The University of Texas at Austin, presented her research and findings concerning the youth vote in election politics for 2012 to 33 foreign journalists invited by the U.S. Foreign Press Center.

In this full version, Lawrence addresses research concerning the youth vote in the United States for the first several minutes of her presentation but spends the bulk of her time fielding questions from the foreign press corps.

The U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Center (FPC) is part of the Bureau of Public Affairs and supports U.S. policies and priorities by helping resident and visiting foreign media cover the U.S. accurately and comprehensively. To fulfill this mandate, the FPCs organize reporting tours for overseas-based media and resident foreign correspondents to locations throughout the U.S. on a full range of newsworthy issues.

From June 11-19, the Foreign Press Center will host a group of 33 prominent foreign correspondents on an election-focused reporting tour. The reporters will explore the role of the youth vote in the 2012 election and take journalists to Washington, D.C. for two days of appointments, and then to Texas (Austin-June 13-17, and Houston-June 17-20). The goal is for participants to gain the context they need to report on the U.S. electoral process, while additionally introducing them to the role that young people play in politics, from volunteering to staffing campaigns and even running for office themselves.

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