Last fall, less than a month before the United States presidential election, Adele Ackert was in a rented office building in Falmouth, Mass., calling people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts about whom they were planning to vote for in November.
Ackert went back to the office, a short trip from her Cape Code home, many times in the days before the election to call more than 200 people about their opinions on the election. She took polls of the responses and wrote down who was voting for which politician, and in which state the interviewee lived.
Volunteering at the phone bank during her freshman year in high school sparked Ackert’s interest in not only politics but political journalism. She said she enjoys listening to varying opinions and writing down what people have to say about different events happening in America. Ackert said she also enjoys retelling a story and spreading news of somebody’s opinion in a non-biased way.
Ackert said she could see herself interviewing politicians in the near future. This summer, she is learning about news writing at The National Student Leadership Conference at American University.
Ackert’s high school history class covers political topics and allows her to do technical writing, which she said has helped prepare her for journalism. She also discusses politics at home. Ackert’s parents are very political — she grew up listening to them talk about the different issues in the political system in the United States.
Earlier this year, Ackert went with her father, a glacial geologist, to a climate rally in Washington, D.C., in which people protested an environmentally harmful way the government brings oil into the United States. Ackert said she was fascinated by everything that went on during that day, and this was another situation where she realized she enjoyed hearing what people have to say about different topics.
“I am definitely interested in interviewing both sides of the issue.” she said. “Interviewing people that are both helping the environment, and those harming it.”