Are you looking to get a better understanding of the political and electoral system? Would you like to familiarise yourself with electoral law and how it affects media reporting?
About this course
The course Election Reporting will provide you with a rounder view of the overall electoral process and give you an insight into the role of the media in covering elections. Through looking at your country's election history to provide detailed knowledge of the mechanics of voter registration, boundary delimitation, the vote, the count and any other issues of relevance, to studying the differing roles of men and women in the elections, and actions being taken to ensure women’s participation.
In this 5-day course spread out over 12 days we will discuss the safety mechanisms needed during election reporting, how public attitudes to the candidates and the elections can be affected by media reporting, and audience needs for reliable information during elections.
This intensive five-day course is developed for journalists working in investigative, data and election reporting, who want to improve their skills.
Introduction to Election Reporting and Ethics of Election Reporting
▪ The Electoral Cycle
▪ Country election context analysis and process
▪ Role of media and journalists in covering local elections
▪ Journalist code of conduct
▪ Basic journalist ethics
▪ Fairness and balance In reporting
Planning your Coverage
▪ Setting goals for your coverage
▪ Getting an overview of announced events
▪ Selecting issues of concern
▪ Phases of election reporting
▪ Preparing for coverage of crucial election days and post-election phase
▪ Budgeting for election reporting
Candidates and Issues
▪ Background candidates
▪ Interviewing skills
▪ Election campaign finance
▪ Building your own databases of voting records
▪ Current Issues
▪ Data sources for elections
▪ Documents to request
▪ Using census to understand electorate
▪ How to evaluate polls
▪ Dangers of 'lies and statistics'
▪ Using experts
▪ Making political news understandable
▪ Op-ed rules and transparency
▪ Interview the public tips and tricks
▪ Safety and security for reporters on the ground
▪ Internet shutdowns: planning and preparations
▪ Disseminating hate speech
▪ Disseminating false information or disinformation
After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments, you will receive an RNTC certificate and join the ranks of more than 6000 successful RNTC alumni worldwide.
✔ Understand the electoral process and legal frameworks in which you need to operate as a journalist covering elections
✔ Understand the journalist’s role in covering national or regional elections.
✔ Learn new techniques for news gathering and reporting during an election
✔ Value safety and security practices in your activities as a journalist during an election
✔ Apply your learning through simulation and learn by doing activities.
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