Covering elections in an “off” year

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sandra Fish of independent journalist; Jessica Huseman of ProPublica; Kira Lerner of The Appeal
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Local elections offices never really have an off year, but local elections tend to be less chaotic than federal elections. Learn how to use this time productively by getting to know your local election administrator and the issues they face (or cause!). We’ll focus in on key areas of security, election administration and changing laws and how all of those things impact the voter’s ability to cast a ballot. You’ll walk away from this panel with specific questions to ask your municipal, county and state officials and investigative story ideas you can start working on before the chaos of 2020 begins.

Speaker Bios

  • Sandra Fish is a Colorado data journalist specializing in politics. She's done work for the Colorado Sun, Colorado Independent, OpenSecrets, ESPN, Colorado Public Radio and others. She also teaches data journalism at University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Jessica Huseman is a reporter for ProPublica based in Austin, Texas. She is the lead reporter for Electionland, ProPublica's collaborative effort to cover ballot access. She is a data journalism instructor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. 

  • Kira Lerner is a reporter for The Appeal covering voting rights, criminal justice, and civil rights issues. She is currently a Lipman Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism working on a reporting project on the effort in Florida to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. @kira_lerner

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