Covering political extremism in the public square (September 2022)

Despite receiving the most global attention, the US Capitol insurrection is just one example of a misinformation-fueled attack on the US democratic process. And that has not ended the trend of mainstream extremism.

How do you cover elections for an extremely fractured audience? This free online group seminar will help local journalists stay safe and produce great ethical stories about voting, safety and local issues leading up to the 2022 midterm elections and beyond.

With guidance from PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman and PolitiFact Staff Writer Amy Sherman, attendees will learn how to track and demystify election-related misinformation that could fuel violence at the grassroots level. Participants will also gain an understanding of First and Second Amendment protections to strengthen their reporting of activities prohibited by law. Finally, participants will also review best practices for reporting on these issues without legitimizing them or having a chilling effect on democratic participation.

Informing the electorate and holding the powerful accountable are the great responsibility of journalists. This training program will help journalists do so responsibly.

Questions?

If you need help, email us at [email protected]

Who should register

Journalists who cover government, elections, police, courts, general assignments or who believe they may find themselves in potentially dangerous or threatening situations covering public institutions or events leading up to the midterm elections. Those working or reporting on midterm battlefield states in 2022 will particularly benefit.

Cost

This online group seminar is free, thanks to the support of the Joyce Foundation.

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