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[VIRTUAL] Politics and Public Health: How Lessons from the 2020 Election Can Prepare Journalists for What’s Coming

event title "Politics and public health: How lessons from the 2020 election can prepare journalists for what’s coming" on top of repeated/checkered image of newspaper with biden wearing mask, person with long hair and mask checks phone in the foregroundPlease join us on Tuesday, December 15 from 12:30 to 2pm ET when we will bring journalists, editors, and community leaders together to consider lessons learned—both where the media got things right and where they fell short—when covering the 2020 election. We will review takeaways from this election season and consider how to apply those lessons in 2021 for covering the new administration, the coronavirus, and vaccines.

The event is a joint initiative among American Press Institute, Election SOS, First Draft, Hearken, PEN America, Protect Democracy, and Trusting News. Representatives from each organization will lead a breakout room discussion.

Please confirm your registration at the Zoom link below. If you have questions or would like more information, please email [email protected] or Hannah Waltz at [email protected].


This event will be an active session with breakout rooms that cover these topics:

  • American Press Institute: Explaining democracy: Making government and civic processes accessible in reporting
  • First Draft: Anticipating repeat mis- and disinformation narratives for 2021
  • Hearken: Engagement journalism for elections and beyond
  • PEN America: Bringing journalists and communities together to fight distrust and misinformation
  • Protect Democracy: Covering democracy beyond the partisan lens
  • Trusting News: Re-engaging the right: Journalism that is relevant for and trusted by conservative audiences


12:30–1:00pm: State of Play
Opening remarks from each organization on election coverage and 2020 reflection.

1:00–1:30pm: Breakout Discussions
Select your preferred breakout room topic and join a discussion on ways to approach coverage in the coming year.

1:30–2:00pm: Covering 2021
Facilitated discussion based on questions and group breakout experiences.

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