Juana Rios, a tree inspector on a farm in Albion, NY, is not registerd to vote this year. "Sometimes I do keep up with politics but sometimes I come home to tired I don't worry about it," Juana said through a translator.

Juana Rios, a tree inspector on a farm in Albion, NY, is not registerd to vote this year. “Sometimes I do keep up with politics but sometimes I come home to tired I don’t worry about it,” Juana said through a translator.

Submitted by Meredith Davenport
For the past month, RIT photojournalism students have been collaborating with the Rochester Public Television and Radio station WXXI to produce stories related to the Station’s coverage of the elections. It has been an enormous effort by both the students and the photojournalism faculty. The students were organized into teams that were focused around specific issues that WXXI was researching directed towards special regional coverage including radio and television stations across Western New York. The RIT students worked with their professors Josh Meltzer, Jenn Poggi, William Snyder and Meredith Davenport to research and propose stories related to taxes, health care, immigration, minimum wage and first time voters.  Students at all levels – ranging from freshmen to juniors- were encouraged to participate and work together on the teams.

Dan Coker takes the bus to work at the Steve T. Hots and Potatoes restaurant in Gates, N.Y. on Oct. 8, 2016. Coker works the night shift, so he sleeps during the day and wakes up in the evening.

Dan Coker takes the bus to work at the Steve T. Hots and Potatoes restaurant in Gates, N.Y. on Oct. 8, 2016. Coker works the night shift, so he sleeps during the day and wakes up in the evening.

You can see the first roll out of their work that came out today here:
http://wxxinews.org/post/minimum-wage-increase-sparks-hopes-concerns

Marco Antonio Hernandez L˜pez (lower left) picks apples with fellow workers at Brown's Farm in Waterport, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2016. The farm finds workers through a Florida east coast agency, which has a rigorous interview process and requires a clean history as well as a respectful and responsible charisma.

Marco Antonio Hernandez L˜pez (lower left) picks apples with fellow workers at Brown’s Farm in Waterport, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2016. The farm finds workers through a Florida east coast agency, which has a rigorous interview process and requires a clean history as well as a respectful and responsible charisma.

To keep updated. follow the RIT Photo Facebook page and Instagram accounts for a special election coverage and check the WXXI website to see more stories.
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