Supporting journalists in responding to critical election information needs.

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Election SOS offers training for journalists, connecting them to best practices, resources and support around election coverage.

Participation is free of charge thanks to the generous support of our funders.

Participants will receive expert training over the course of four weeks on:


Engaged Elections

Use the Citizens Agenda and other forms of engagement reporting to surface community information needs.


Trustworthy Elections

Navigate misinformation and disinformation and build trust with audiences during an election campaign.


Election Protection

Provide best-in-class voter guides, cover voting safety concerns in the midst of a pandemic, and spot attempts at voter suppression.



  • Individualized strategy support to meet your coverage goals from our network of topical experts throughout the course of the election season.
  • Access to a network of peers on our community platform designed to connect journalists with specific needs.
  • Funding opportunities to overcome obstacles newsrooms face in implementing the best practices toward listening-based elections coverage. Stipends can be used for hiring freelancers, purchasing software, or other identified needs.
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What participants say


"Election SOS is helping us reassess how our election coverage impacts the communities we serve. Plus, the opportunity to workshop and share information and best practices with other news organizations has been invaluable."

– Carlos Virgen / Digital News Director, The Day

"The cohort has solidified our plan for election coverage in an actionable, engaging way. The resources, guest speakers, and fellow cohort members have been key to helping me answer questions and think through roadblocks."

– Annelise McGough / Growth and Engagement Editor, Grist

Ready to start your training?

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.

The Election SOS team & partners


ElectionSOS is managed by the engagement consultancy Hearken and is fiscally sponsored by the American Press Institute, a nonprofit that helps transform news organizations for an audience-centric future. Read about related API efforts to improve election reporting.