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Student Journalists Chosen To Cover DNC

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The 2016 Philadelphia Democratic National Convention Host Committee has organized a unique program for young, involved Philadelphians.

Jordan Schwartz, Director of External Affairs for the Philadelphia 2016 DNC Host Committee, says following an application process, a group of young students has been chosen for a special DNC program.

"We put together a youth news team for both middle schoolers and high schoolers," he said.

Thirteen-year-old Masterman student Isaac Popkin says he can't believe his luck to have been chosen.

"For me this is an experience not only in the journalistic part of it," he said, "but especially for me the political part."

Schwartz says students will get a behind-the-scenes look at convention politics and they'll get to ask questions.

"They'll get special access to convention activities, to convention delegates," he said.

And that's thrilling to 13-year-old Paige Cheatham from the Meredith School.

"It's absolutely amazing," Cheatham said. "I love politics and just learning about it."

Kuznits: "Why should the candidates listen to you when you can't even vote?"

"Because you want to know how are you effecting our youth," she said. "All the decisions you make for the long-term, we're the ones it's going to effect."

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