Training: Take a Deep Dive Into Politics
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
New Jersey will be electing one U.S. senator, 12 U.S. representatives, and 45 school board members this November. It’s our job, as reporters, to go beyond the rhetoric and the slick campaign ads and let the voters know what’s really on the table.
Join the Center for Cooperative Media onas we take a deep dive into political reporting and give you and your newsroom colleagues the tools to keep the politicians honest.
In the morning, the American Press Institute’s Fact-Checking Project will teach how to check the claims and rhetoric coming from political advertisements, stump speeches and debates.
Six experienced scholars representing universities from Wyoming to the U.K. are working with the American Press Institute to study fact-checking and how to improve it. The group joined API’s fact-checking project, announced in February, with plenty of experience in the study of information, misinformation and how facts are processed.
API’s training will teach you the best practices based on their research.
In the afternoon, the Sunlight Foundation will help you follow the “dark money” behind shady political ads. From Sunlight:
Just who is behind those “mystery meat” groups with names like “Jerseyans for a Better Jersey” or (this is a real one) “Save Our Future Now” dumping zillions of last-minute political ads into the campaign you’re covering? The proliferation of political groups thinly disguised as nonprofits makes following the money in politics harder than ever — but there is one place this dark money organizations do leave a paper trail: at the TV stations where they buy their ads. Join the Sunlight Foundation, the Internet Archive and Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy in an ambitious project to track the air wars and the money behind them. We’ll show you how to use — and improve — the data tools we built and talk about how they can be deployed to illuminate the dark corners of politics at federal, state and local levels.
ADDED BONUS: Sometime during the day, Angie McGuire of Rutgers will debut the New Jersey Data Book -- an online form of what used to be known as the Rutgers NJ Legislative District Data Book.
When & Where
Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University
The Center for Cooperative Media, launched in 2012, is an initiative of Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media and is funded by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Montclair State University.
The mission of the Center for Cooperative Media is to strengthen the New Jersey news ecosystem by:
- Creating a hub that can serve as a base of operations, and a resource and training center for journalists, media producers and business people involved in local news and information.
- Developing and supporting collaborative news experiments.
- Investing in and guiding community news startups.
- Exploring new models for the sustainability of news organizations.
- Promoting open data initiatives in New Jersey.
- Building strategic relationships between the university and New Jersey media partners to foster innovation in journalism education as well as provide additional research and resources to support newsroom goals.