Supporting journalists in responding to critical election information needs.
Election SOS offers digital and physical safety checklists with top advice on how to protect yourself while reporting during this election season. Download now to protect yourself.
What Election SOS Offers
Webinars & Resources
We are partnering with dozens of civic and journalism support organizations to bring reporters timely and relevant information and context for their reporting. From how to cover election security to learning from an elections administrator about how COVID-19 is impacting the voting process, we have a growing body of resources to support fact-based journalism.
Voter Guide Training
Voter guides are challenging to produce, especially in 2020. That's why we created a self-paced, five-day email course to help you build a guide with your audience in mind.
You'll receive one email each weekday with activities and examples to help you create a successful voter guide strategy. The foundation for this work is audience engagement, so you can put your reporting resources toward the issues that your audience is hungriest to learn about.
Election SOS Mutual Aid Community
Are you looking for other journalists around the USA to confer with on your election-related questions? Have you found an incredible resource or tool you wish more journalists knew about and could use? Join our free Election SOS Mutual Aid Community. Sign up and get started learning from other journalists and asking for what you need.
Election SOS Scenario Planning Guide
This Scenario Planning Guide is designed to help newsroom leaders, journalists and freelancers consider and plan for a variety of outcomes - some inside and others outside - of their control.
We’ve broken it down into three major sections:
- Protecting Staff from Harm
- Protecting the Act of Voting
- Protecting the Results
Use this guide as a strategic plan to customize for your newsroom. This free guide is available as a Google Doc, Word Doc and PDF.
Trusted Elections Expert Network
In partnership with The American Press Institute, Election SOS is curating a representative and diverse network of elections experts for journalists to call on for sources and for support. We'll feature federal, state and topic-centric experts for you to easily search and contact.
Story & Pitch Database
The Election SOS story and pitch database showcases great examples of election coverage.
It has been built for reporters who are on a deadline, searching for inspiration, or just need a bit of a break.
All the examples should be easy to turn around while still informing and engaging your audience.
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The Election SOS team & partners
Election SOS is managed by the consultancy Hearken with the support of Trusting News, is fiscally sponsored by the American Press Institute, and is principally funded by The Democracy Fund and the Trusted Elections Fund Project.
Learn more about the Election SOS team on our About Page.
Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.
American Press Institute helps transform news organizations for an audience-centric future. Read about related API efforts to improve election reporting.