Covering the 2020 Election

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Quest Conference Center | Columbus, Ohio
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Presented by: 
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Ohio News Media Association
Society of Professional Journalists

In partnership with: 
Google News Lab 
The Poynter Institute

Registration is now closed

Ohio will be an important state in the 2020 Presidential election with critical issues at stake, including immigration, health care, trade tariffs, and climate change.  How do we make sure that we’re providing the information voters need to make informed decisions?

Join the Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins for a daylong workshop to help journalists move beyond the typical horse-race political coverage to deeply and meaningfully explore key issues that will shape the state’s, and our nation’s, future.

This FREE intensive program is made possible through a grant from Google News Labs, and is presented by the OAB, ONMA and SPJ.  The workshop is perfect for reporters, MMJs, producers, news managers, online and social media producers, and assignment editors.

The agenda includes:

How to cover important election issues in a way the public will watch, including:

  • Immigration
  • College debt
  • Health care
  • Tariffs
  • Climate change

What journalists need to know about election finances, including:

  • PACs
  • Super PACs
  • Dark money PACs
  • Understanding the Citizens United decision
  • How to track contributions from your coverage area

What journalists have to know about polling, including:

  • Margins of error
  • Sample sizes
  • The problems with “weighting”
  • Reliability and desirability indexes
  • Likely versus registered voters

How the American electoral system works: 

  • The primaries and caucuses
  • Selecting delegates
  • The role of super delegates
  • The conventions
  • The November election
  • Understanding electors
  • The electoral college in case of a tie
  • Why we have this system
  • Strengths and weakness of this system

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with continental breakfast and lunch provided. This program is FREE to attend for members of the OAB, ONMA and SPJ, but registration is required. We encourage you to take advantage of this outstanding training opportunity.