Nearly 90% of U.S. state legislative chambers will hold elections later this year. To help statehouse and regional reporters prepare for the contentious campaigning and bruising battles over redistricting that could affect U.S. politics for decades, the National Press Foundation will hold a week of journalism training in Austin, Texas, March 27-31.
In addition to gerrymandering and voting rights, key topics will include the future of democracy, handling misinformation, copycat legislation, COVID as a public health and political issue, campaign finances, how federal stimulus money is being spent locally, and voter-motivating issues such as race and abortion. Expert instructors will help journalists with sources and nuanced background, as well as fact-checking, community engagement, accountability journalism and other skills.
Application deadline is February 27.