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How should the media cover Election Night 2020?

Contextualizing the media’s role in fanning or quelling the fires of election disinformation and misinformation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020



The 2020 Presidential Election is unprecedented in many ways: Record numbers of mail-in ballots. Potentially epic post-election legal battles. Voter preferences for in-person voting that fall starkly along party lines. These are just a few of the possible post-election events that the media must be prepared to navigate as it reports on an Election Night that could stretch well past November 3. Join the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the USC Center for the Political Future for a conversation exploring how the media can accurately and fairly cover the results on Election Night and beyond. Our panelists will discuss the role of the press in setting realistic expectations for the American public, preventing the spread of misinformation, and maintaining trust in our democratic institutions.

CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan will facilitate a conversation with the following panelists:

Sara Fischer, Axios Media Trends Editor
Adam Clayton Powell III, Executive Director of the Election Security and Information Project
Bob Shrum, CPF Director
Jessica Yellin, former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN