Election Protection Training

shieldOur Election Protection Track provides free training on a variety of topics related to protecting a free and fair election. There is no application needed. Register for upcoming workshops and get the materials from previous workshops below.

Upcoming Workshops

Behind The Scenes at Electionland

Date: July 8

Time: 12:00PM Eastern

Presenter: Rachel Glickhouse, partner manager for Pro-Publica’s Electionland project.

Description: ProPublica’s Electionland project has been home to some of the most thoughtful and innovative elections reporting in the industry. In this session, Rachel Glickhouse will discuss the Electionland project, how it has worked in previous years, reporting highlights, and how the project works this year. She’ll also discuss how the project is tackling COVID-related voting issues.

Vote by mail: What it is, why it’s under attack, how to cover it

Date: July 16

Time: 12:00PM Eastern

Presenter: Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund

Description: As communities around the country navigate voting in a world hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, vote by mail has become a major topic of discussion. Tammy Patrick from Democracy fund will give journalists some things to think about as they cover this vital issue as we inch closer to November. This is part two of a three-part series. (See resources from part 1 below)

Past Workshops - Videos and Materials

Covering Elections from an election administrator’s perspective

Presenter: Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund

Description: What do journalists need to know for their reporting about voter registration and voter access? Tammy Patrick was a local election official for years and shared extremely important background information on local election offices as well as storylines every journalist reporting on elections should be covering. 


Engaged Elections Training

Our Engaged Elections training is delivered through a cohort model (Apply here to be part of one). But sometimes we offer one-off trainings that don't require the context of being in a sustained program to derive value. Below are resources from this track you can dive into at any time.

Past Workshops - Videos and Materials

Jay Rosen Presents The Citizens Agenda

Presenter: Jay Rosen, NYU Professor

Description: Jay Rosen has been defining a different reporting model for newsrooms to use for their elections coverage for decades. It's called: The Citizens Agenda. When newsrooms have listened and applied it, it's worked tremendously well.

This talk blends a powerful philosophy with the practical and tactical ways of shifting the power for what politicians talk about to the public. To get free, hands-on guidance and support in adapting the Citizens Agenda approach, apply to be part of the Engaged Elections track



Engaged Elections

  • 4-week training, monthly start from May-September 
  • Apply here

Focus: How to use the Citizens Agenda and other forms of engagement reporting to surface and respond to community information needs. Includes voter guide best practices.


Trustworthy Elections

  • 4-week training, monthly start from June-September
  • Apply here

Focus: How to navigate misinformation and disinformation, build trust with audiences during an election campaign, and approach poll results amidst uncertainty.


Election Protection

  • Ongoing resources available to all
  • No application needed

Focus: How to cover voting safety concerns in the midst of a pandemic, spot attempts at voter suppression, and protect journalists from harassment.

In addition to housing resources from Election SOS training, this section will soon also include an expert database that can be tapped for help and sourcing of stories on a variety of topics. 

If you’re a journalist and have a resource or training you’d like Election SOS to provide, please fill out the form below. We’ll be back in touch if we’re able to provide or point to what you’re looking for.