In fall 2020, we joined with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to launch the non-partisan Election Integrity Project. The Project provided guidance to journalists and citizens on dealing with election misinformation and disinformation online and aimed to counteract efforts that could strip citizens of their power through investigative reporting on voting issues.
Created in collaboration with the non-profit First Draft and supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies. the Project resulted in significant media attention and was recognized with a silver award from Milwaukee Press Club in the category of best online public service series.
The Election Integrity Project reached up to 270,000 print readers and 2,000,000 online readers.
An infographic showing the counties where local news organizations re-published Election Integrity Project reporting on election misinformation and disinformation in fall 2020. A total of 108 news organizations published the project's stories.
This year, four student fellows worked hard under difficult circumstances to produce original reporting on issues in media ethics, writing about plain language translation, covering protests, the use of reenactments, the future of opinion journalism, election coverage and more. Contributors Natalie Yahr and Howard Hardee also wrote about such topics as reporting on child abuse, journalist trauma and covering Indigenous affairs.
Yahr's "Beware the blindspots: what a 1958 police killing can teach news outlets about themselves" and Hardee's "One step ahead: preparing reporters before they're targeted by disinformation and online harassment campaigns" were the top two most-read stories of the year.
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