DebateWatch 2016


The UNO School of Communication DebateWatch 2016 event on September 26th was a success and well attended by over 200 people.

debate-watch-9-26-16-screenThe next DebateWatch 2016 event will be the Vice Presidential debate tonight, October 4th, at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, room 230/231, from 8:00-9:30 p.m., with orientation at 7:30 p.m.

The last DebateWatch 2016 event will be on October 16th for the Presidential debate at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, room 230/231, from 8:00-9:30 pm with orientation at 7:30 p.m..

  • What is DebateWatch? A national project supported by the Commission on Presidential Debates and the National Communication Association. It is designed to bring groups around the country together to view the campaign debates.
  • How does it work? Participants will watch the presidential debates as a group. A common hashtag (#UNODW16) will be available to comment on Twitter during the debates.
  • When are the debates? The first presidential debate is Monday, Sept. 26, at the MBSC Ballroom. The vice presidential debate is Tuesday, Oct. 4 and the third presidential debate, Wednesday, Oct. 19, are both at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 230/231. The debate-watch-9-26-16-audiencetime for all three debates is 8 to 9:30 p.m. with orientation at 7:30 p.m.
  • What should I do if I want to give extra-credit to students? In order to facilitate this potentially large event, we ask instructors to attend the event with their students.
    How long will the DebateWatch event last? Orientation begins at 7:30 p.m. The debates begin at 8 p.m. and are 90 minutes in length. The Twitter site will be open for discussion after each debate concludes.
  • Do students need to register in advance? No. However it will be helpful for us to know if you plan to give extra-credit to students attending and how many students might be participating. This will help us plan for adequate refreshments. Contact or 402.554.2204

    Dr. Barbara Pickering
  • Can local citizens participate in this event? Yes. Members of the community are welcome to participate!
  • Can I bring campaign materials/banners/posters to show my support for a candidate? No. This is intended to be a non-partisan event. Participants are asked to be respectful of audience members, therefore no campaign banners etc. are allowed.
  • Do I have to attend in person? No. If you are not able to attend, or choose to view the debates in a smaller group we encourage you to organize satellite events in your home or other venues throughout the community. You may follow us on Twitter at #UNODW16.
  • Contact:  Barbara Pickering,, 402.554.2204



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