Our Up Front this week profiles a unique new graduate project at the University of Montana's journalism school. Rethink'08 formed in reaction to statements made by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina regarding the decline of political enthusiasm among America's youth. The 2008 presidential election saw a huge spike in the number of voters aged 18-29, largely due to President Barack Obama incorporating digital tools in his campaign.
That youthful activism has died off in the past nine months, as noted by Messina. The eight students behind Rethink'08 hope that by opening an online forum they can find an answer as to why. Follow the project's progress to date at their website here. More features are scheduled to appear between now and mid-December.