A University of Nebraska Journalism College graduate is in the midst of covering his fifth presidential election.
CNN’s senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny says the speed of the news cycle has changed how often candidates are forced to answer questions, which was the case with last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
Zeleny says the campaigns have had to adapt to the speed of news through social media. He says the topic of day may require comment, but substance in the campaign will be critical.
He says he keeps his Nebraska upbringing close while covering presidential candidates.
“It’s a great privilege that I have to be in this position and I learned a ton in Nebraska and I try to take that Nebraska commoin sense and sensability out there with me,” he says.
Zeleny recently moved from ABC to CNN, but this is his first presidential campaign working on television. He’s covered the four previous presidential elections for the New York Times or other print media.
By Kevin Thomas, KLIN, Lincoln