April 2020—
12:00 pm—1:00 pm

This is a funders-only webinar.


The news media’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign was overwhelmingly negative and lacked in-depth explanations of the candidates’ policy positions. Misinformation ran rampant, and widespread disinformation campaigns successfully sowed doubt among citizens, which left them confused about who and what to trust.

Join Media Impact Funders and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement Funders (PACE) for the first of a two-part series on how election coverage can be more inclusive and reflective of the communities it’s trying to inform.

The first part, to be held on April 23, will explore how election coverage can be more engaged with and reflective of the communities it’s trying to inform.


Jennifer Brandel
, the CEO and co-founder of Hearken, an audience-engagement methodology and platform for newsrooms. Brandel will present a variety of methods and resources to support newsrooms’ elections coverage during times of crisis.
Derrick Feldmann, a researcher, author and adviser on social movements and issue engagement. Feldmann, Managing Director for the Ad Council—the largest producer of public service advertising—will talk about effective messaging around registration and turnout. Derrick led the research team on the Ad Council’s latest vote messaging study on generational differences.
Emily Ramshaw, the CEO and co-founder of the The 19th, will talk about the new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom that will report on the intersection of gender, politics and policy. Ramshaw is the former editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune.
Errin Haines, editor-at-large of The 19th, will also talk about The 19th’s mission to empower underserved and underrepresented women in America. Haines is a former reporter for the Associated Press.