Living Up to a Noble Role in Covering Elections

By on November 4, 2019

In this video from the ONA19 video team, Naomi Schalit, Senior Editor at the Conversation US; Johanna Barr, Senior Politics at The New York Times; and Emily Swanson, Polling Editor at the Associated Press, discuss what to look for when covering the 2020 Election and how smaller newsrooms can better serve their communities by finding the not so obvious story.

The ONA19 conference featured several sessions geared toward election coverage. Listen to them in their entirety in the ONA Resource Center:

  • 2020 Campaign Coverage: Beyond the Horse Race — Tips, techniques and models to better inform citizens about what they need to know, this deeply-reported session on political journalism will provide insights into how “horse-race” reporting shortchanges voters and why issues journalism can productively shape reporting on the 2020 campaign.
  • Election 2020: Using Data to Report on Votes and Voters — The best political storytelling on Nov. 3, 2020 (and in the days and weeks that follow) will depend on data. Hear the techniques to tell the deeper stories layered within the vote count and election survey data.
  • Charting U.S. Elections 2020 in Real Time (Sponsored by Reuters) — In partnership with Edison, and as the official distribution partner for the National Election Pool (NEP), the panel uncovers how you can provide the superior explanation and insights you need to place your readers at the heart of one of the most highly anticipated political moments of our time.
  • Decision 2020: The Immersive Election (Sponsored by Yahoo! News) — With major advances in VR and AR technology and distribution over the past four years, the 2020 election is gearing up to be the first immersive election. How can news organizations create experiences that draw the public into the political conversation to help people make informed decisions and be part of the political process in a whole new way?