COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 15) – Merrill College students have debuted a new “Beltway Bulletin” political blog that aims to, “provide high quality news, commentary and analysis on politics from the Maryland State House, to the White House and everything in between.”

Led by senior Michael Stern ’17 and sophomore Pablo Roa ’19, the new blog, with social media from Twitter and Facebook to cross-promote,  will offer podcasts, videos as well as print stories focused on the DMV region.

“Nothing has more of an impact on the lives of everyday Americans than their local governments and representatives,” said Stern. “We felt that these jurisdictions were not getting the coverage they deserved, and that a publication dedicated to covering local politics would be the best way to make that happen. We also felt that voters – particularly young, college-aged voters – are not interested in what their local governments are doing, and we believe that the Beltway Bulletin can help solve that problem.”

Roa said there are high hopes for the future of the blog. “We’ve already pushed out some quality content, and we’re just getting started. As our team continues to grow, we hope to bring our readers the type of thorough coverage of local government throughout Maryland that they won’t find anywhere else,” he said.

Merrill College junior – and multiplatform major –  Alex Mann is serving as managing editor for Beltway Bulletin. Freshman and multiplatform major Katrina Schmidt is managing editor.  Sophomore broadcast journalism and government and politics double-major Lauren Koenig is multimedia director.
Stern said the biggest obstacle in making the new blog successful is making local politics interesting. “But by covering local governments and demonstrating how important they are for people’s everyday lives, we think we can get people interested and, more importantly, involved in what is arguably the most important aspect of American politics,” he said.
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