One week, one leader and one broken promise later, Australians are finally enjoying a campaign-free weekend.
Last Saturday's result was memorable, and so too was May 18 for the Central News reporters and producers who took part in the first national election broadcast led by journalism students.
Broadcast LIVE from the studios at RMIT and involving 23 universities and colleges, including UTS, Election 2019 was conceived by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) and made possible by philanthropist Judith Neilson and her Sydney-based Institute for Journalism and Ideas.
UTS chose to cover the key Sydney electorates of Warringah and Reid.
The students responsible for reporting LIVE from those seats on the night, witnessed the fall of a former Prime Minister and the rise of a little-known Liberal candidate who'd been campaigning for just months.
UTS Journalism students were producing original election stories and multimedia content long before the polls opened and long after they closed, all of which was published on Central News; on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts; and on the Australia/Pacific student journalism site, The Junction.
To understand the breadth of their reportage, let's start at the beginning.
First we needed to understand our chosen electorates.
Armed with the guidance of Lecturer Helen Vatsikopolous, Meg Kanofski, Daniella Scotti and Lachlan Moffet Gray hit the streets of Warringah - tracking down former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the process.
In the seat of Reid, in Sydney's inner-west, Myles, Jacinta Neal and Melanie Wong captured the rush on pre-polling.
Meanwhile, a small army of Central News reporters set out to profile some of the key candidates.
Of course, there was much more than just the candidates for the House of Representatives to write about.
Georgio Platias spoke to outgoing Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, and the young leaders calling for change.
Eva Blakemore met the "billboard priest" mixing church and state.
And Zachariah Kelly checked out the games fund up for grabs. (Now, off the table after Labor's loss.)
Beyond the people, there were major policies to explain. This truly was an exercise in multimedia storytelling.
Our explainers ranged from a video by Rhiannon Soliman-Marron (Electric Cars), animated graphics by Kate Atkinson (Health and Climate), audio by Kate Rafferty (Education), video with on-screen text by Gabriela Mancilla (Migration) and text and stills by Nadya Labiba (Housing).
With the groundwork laid, Assoc. Prof. Tom Morton hit the phones to gain access to the key candidates' election night parties.
That's where we'd hoped to set up for our LIVE crosses in to the Election 2019 broadcast.
It was a thumbs up from Labor's Sam Crosby in Reid, while access to Tony Abbott's function at the Manly League's Club came down to the wire.
Ultimately, we were one of many media organisations barred from Mr Abbott's farewell appearance (more on that to come.)
Just a day out from the poll, the field crews joined the newsroom team in a pre-election production meeting.
Roles were assigned, equipment was tested, MediaLab was consulted and instructions from the RMIT studio crew were workshopped.
From just after the crack of dawn, students and lecturers from across the Journalism discipline, armed themselves with smartphones and started snapping the action from polling booths across Sydney.
When the polls closed, it was all hands on deck.
In the newsroom, Professor Monica Attard joined the fray as Senior Lecturer Catriona Bonfiglioli took the reins of the live blog, and Amaani Siddeek and Jack Berkefeld kept the breaking news and tweets ticking over.
Tonight I’ll be live tweeting the big events and key results of the 2019 Federal Election for UTS’ very own @CentralNewsUTS. We’ve got reporters on the ground in Reid and Warringah in NSW waiting to live broadcast the results as they come through. Follow this thread.— Jack Berkefeld (@jackberkefeld1) May 18, 2019
Eilidh Sproul-Mellis and Alex Turner-Cohen were our live cross producers - ensuring the field crews were filing fresh pictures and reports for Central News, in addition to their commitments to the national broadcast.
And those field crews delivered, appearing several times in the broadcast.
We now know that Warringah residents chose to end decades of Liberal-only representation, while voters in Reid stuck with the Blue.
With the results clear, it was time for the losing candidates to concede. And we were there when they did.
Lachlan and Myles wrapped up on location, filing "as lives" to Facebook, while third-year students Olivana Smith-Lathouris and John Ferguson raced to the ABC, where security tougher than Tony Abbott's, meant they had to file their wraps from outside.
Their videos were posted online quicker than many mainstream news outlets and, combined, have been watched more than 1200 times.
There was no doubt that the number of clicks, views, impressions, shares, re-tweets and likes Central News received was exciting for all involved. As was being a part of the country's first LIVE student-led broadcast.
But perhaps the best feedback on the night came from two of our newsroom team.
"So, this is why we have group assignments." said one.
"Can we do this again?," asked the other.
I reckon that's a YES to both. - Sue Stephenson @susanstevo
*In addition to all those mentioned above, a big thank you to James Meese and the Digital and Social Media students who helped with our social accounts - and to every single student and lecturer who tagged @CentralNewsUTS on the day, or helped in even the smallest of ways.