Pop-Up Newsroom Goes Global for Election

November 4, 2016

Pop-Up Newsroom
Pop Up Newsroom group from Newcastle University in UK

The Journalism Department’s Pop-Up Newsroom will connect CSUN students to the world to cover this year’s historic U.S. Presidential election, starting Saturday and continuing through Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.


Journalism students in both the undergraduate and graduation programs will join their international and U.S. counterparts from seven universities to cover the race – exclusively on social media – between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.


In addition to student journalists at CSUN, participating campuses include: Swinbourne University in Australia; Rafik Hariri in Lebanon; Stuttgart Media University in Germany; Newcastle University and Coventry University both in Great Britain; Ulster University in Northern Ireland; Utrecht School of Journalism (based in the Netherlands but reporting from New York City), and Marquette University in Wisconsin.


Pop-Up Newsroom, under the direction of creator and CSUN citizen journalism professor, Professor Melissa Wall, covers events using social media platforms.  “Collaboration enabled by social media is a key part of journalism’s future,” Wall said. “This project trains students to work with reporters located in other parts of the world.”



CSUN students will use the hashtag #popupelection so their work can be incorporated into the coverage of @PopUpNewsroom (FB:   




Pop-Up Newsroom launched in 2012 when Mass Communication graduate students, under Dr. Wall’s direction, covered CicLAvia, a Los Angeles tradition that shuts down streets to cars and trucks, creating temporary public spaces for bicyclists, pedestrians and others to enjoy. The award-winning project has reported on key regional, national and international events, including the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, the Spring 2013 LA Marathon, the Spring 2013 Oscars and the 2014 International Women’s Day.