Election Reporting

This course will provide you with a rounder view of the electoral process and give you insight into the role that media can play in covering elections.

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€ 3.290,00
Training Days
5 days

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?

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • The role of the media in covering elections
  • Ethics of election reporting
  • New techniques for news gathering and reporting during an election
  • Safety mechanisms needed during election reporting
  • How public attitudes to the candidates and the elections can be affected by media reporting

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

✔ 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
✔ Use safety and security practices in your activities as a journalist during an election

Course modules

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

Case studies

▪ Disseminating hate speech
▪ Disseminating false information or disinformation


▪ Putting learning into practice through simulations

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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.

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