The American Press Institute is expanding its collaboration with The Associated Press to provide a series of monthly webinars to local media leaders and journalists in the months leading up to the 2024 U.S. elections. 

The two organizations will also develop and share practical resources throughout the year to support news organizations’ evolving needs around local elections and democracy. The AP has played a crucial role in U.S. elections for 175 years, counting the votes, declaring the winners and covering races up and down the ballot.

API focuses on Civic Discourse & Democracy to ensure all people have the information they need to make decisions and thrive. API supports local news organizations by providing resources and training to cultivate productive community discussions and strengthen democracy.

“People need clear, truthful information from news organizations that are invested in the well-being of our communities,” said Michael D. Bolden, chief executive officer and executive director of the American Press Institute. “We want to help meet that need by providing journalists with the guidance they need to be effective facilitators of meaningful discourse in the places we all live and care about.”  

“AP’s mission is to advance the power of facts, and one way we can do that is by equipping local journalists with as much information as possible about how U.S. elections work,” said AP Washington Bureau Chief Anna Johnson. “Because AP has counted the vote, called races and covered elections for over 175 years, we’re able to offer our expertise to news outlets large and small to help them cover the election for their communities.”

API kicked off this collaboration with AP last fall when the two organizations ran an election reporting survey to assess journalists’ and media leaders’ needs to inform future programming. 

After gathering and analyzing more than 100 responses, API and AP will tackle the topics identified as the greatest needs.

The seven-part webinar series will run on the last Thursday of each month from March through September.

The webinars will focus on the following:

  • March: AI, misinformation and other threats in the 2024 elections
  • April:  Frameworks to focus your 2024 election coverage
  • May: Community engagement tools to inform election coverage plans
  • June: Coaching reporters on election coverage
  • July: Retaining and engaging audiences post-election
  • August: Mental health and election reporting
  • September: Pulling back the curtain on what happens on election night

All webinars will run from 1-2 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register here for the second webinar, “Frameworks to focus your 2024 election coverage,” on April 25 at 1-2 p.m. ET. Subscribe to API’s Need to Know newsletter and follow API on LinkedIn, Threads, Facebook and X to learn when the next event registrations open.

Last November, AP shared local reporting tips in API’s Need to Know Special edition series “Plan for Local 2024.”  To build on this work, this September, AP will take over API’s Need to Know newsletter to reach and help local media strengthen their local election reporting ahead of the fall elections. The newsletter takeover will also be based on survey feedback to provide timely support to local journalists and news leaders nationwide. 

As part of its Civic Discourse & Democracy work, API will host a Local News Summit on Elections, Trust and Democracy on April 3-4 in Akron, Ohio. During this event, API is bringing together around 60 local and community-based media leaders to help them plan for local election coverage that is responsive to their communities and continues effective community relationships well beyond the 2024 election cycle. 

API and AP have a rich history of working together to meet the information needs of communities. As part of the Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago, the organizations research news consumers’ attitudes to inform the industry and the public.

This spring the Media Insight Project will release the results of a nationwide survey on public attitudes and needs for the 2024 elections to complement this work. Subscribe to API’s Need to Know newsletter to receive the latest on the results when they are released.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN PRESS INSTITUTE

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