Supporting journalists in responding to critical election information needs.


We're relaunching Election SOS for the 2022 Midterms!

By popular demand, we're kicking off the 2022 Election SOS offerings with our Engaged Elections cohort training. This month-long course helps newsrooms center their coverage on the electorate, rather than politicians. Proven to build trust, generate original stories and better serve the public, Hearken will be providing training & technology for newsrooms ready to improve their elections coverage.

Election SOS Extremism Coverage Prep

Extremism Coverage Prep offers concrete guidance for newsrooms on assessing potential risks, ensuring digital safety, and reviewing editorial policies. Sign up to receive access to videos with experts and other critical resources on extremism reporting.

Election SOS First Aid

Election SOS introduces essential resources for busy newsrooms and reporters! Critical advice on covering conflict, tackling misinformation, and instilling public trust in your messaging.

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.

Voter Guide Training

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 to help you create a successful strategy.

Election SOS Scenario Planning Guide

This Scenario Planning Guide is designed to help newsroom leaders, journalists and freelancers to plan for a variety of outcomes - some inside and others outside - of their control. Use this guide as a strategic plan to customize for your newsroom.

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.

The Citizens Agenda 

If you're looking to create more voter-centric reporting that answers the public's most pressing questions, download our Citizens Agenda guide and find inspiration from newsrooms using this tested process.

Story & Pitch Database

The Election SOS story and pitch database showcases great examples of election coverage. It was built for reporters who are on a deadline, searching for inspiration, or just need a bit of a break.

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Election SOS offers training & resources 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.

What participants say

Dr. Sue Robinson

"After working with and researching Hearken as well as surveying many of the newsrooms it has worked with, I can say definitively that the company is driving important change in the industry, especially in terms of making journalism -- and journalists - more relevant to their communities. Their paradigm around engagement as relationships seems critical to (re-)building trust with mainstream news content."

– Dr. Sue Robinson / University of Wisconsin-Madison

"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 training from Election SOS 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

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.