Election & Politics Track: Prepping for the midterms

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Edwin Bender of National Institute on Money in State Politics; Julie Bykowicz of The Wall Street Journal; Carrie Levine of The Center for Public Integrity; Andrew Perez of MapLight
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 5-7
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Practical advice and possible story angles as your newsroom gears up to cover the 2018 midterm elections. We'll help you understand different campaign fundraising avenues, find sources for data and turn it all into stories that help your audience know who they're voting for.

Speaker Bios

  • A founding incorporator for the Institute, Ed has been the executive director for more than a decade. He promotes the use of the Institute's comprehensive, highly credentialed federal and state-level political spending data and analysis by investigative journalists, scholars examining state elections and public-policy processes, attorneys involved in campaign-finance litigation, and the public at large.

  • Julie Bykowicz is a national political reporter, focusing on money and influence in Washington. She has covered money in politics, two presidential campaigns and the White House since 2011, first for Bloomberg News and later for The Associated Press. Before that, she spent a decade as a crime reporter in Baltimore. She joined the Journal in October 2017. @bykowicz

  • Carrie Levine (@levinecarrie) investigates the influence of money in politics. She was previously research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a reporter and associate editor for The National Law Journal, and has also worked for the Charlotte Observer, the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., and The Sun (Lowell, Mass.). She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Andrew Perez is a political reporter at MapLight, covering money's influence on politics. @andrewperezdc

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