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Democracy SOS:
Supporting journalists
in advancing democracy.

We are a network that curates initiatives, training and resources so media professionals can adjust, improve and re-imagine how they serve and empower the electorate.

Covering Elections and Voting in 2024: A Media Guide

Whether you’re new to the elections beat or a veteran reporter, this helpful guide lays out the voting process in 2024. It lays out key steps that are true for voting in nearly every election, provides news angles, story ideas as well as a curated list of additional resources. It’s from The Elections Group and written by veteran NPR Reporter Pam Fessler.
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Plan Your Coverage

Democracy Day

September 15

Drawing attention to the crisis facing American democracy.

Plan Your Coverage

Our key resources for journalists

Get Election Coverage Support

Election SOS is a pop-up support program helmed by Hearken that focuses on helping journalists in responding to critical election-specific information needs during major U.S. elections. Resources include a voter guide, scenario planning guide, webinars and articles.

Who is it for?

Reporters and newsroom leaders covering U.S. elections.

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Stop the Horse Race and Public-Power Your Coverage

The Citizens Agenda is a free 440-page  guide for generating more responsive, inclusive and useful news coverage for voters. It’s a form of engagement journalism that’s proving increasingly useful as the norms of traditional political reporting continue to become less impactful on voters.

Who is it for?

Reporters and newsroom leaders covering U.S. elections.

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Join the Democracy Day Collaboration

Democracy Day is a nationwide, collaborative effort to draw attention to the crisis U.S. democracy is facing, provide the public with the context and information they need, and bring all types of media together to sound the alarm collectively. Sign ups are open to become a media partner.

Who is it for?

Reporters, newsroom leaders and journalism educators.

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Understand Democratic Backsliding

The Democracy Toolkit equips reporters, newsroom leaders and journalism educators with vetted, relevant resources to help meet this moment of democratic backsliding in America. The Tookit is updated on an ongoing basis as materials and resources become available.

Who is it for?

Reporters, newsroom leaders and journalism educators.

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Redesign Your Political Coverage

Advancing Democracy is a nine-month fellowship program that supports reporters and editors in strengthening our democracy through innovative news coverage that highlights promising responses to our democracy’s challenges, and builds civic engagement, equity and healthy discourse.

Who is it for?

Newsrooms with at least two people (a reporter and editor) who can participate in every workshop.

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Our Partners

Democracy SOS and its network of resources are created and maintained in partnership between Hearken and the Center for Cooperative MediaDemocracy Day, The Solutions Journalism Network, Trusting News, Good Conflict, and The Center for Journalism & Democracy. We are nonpartisan and are not advocating for any policy or electoral outcome. Our goal is to equip journalists and newsrooms with the most useful information and strategies around reporting on a variety of democracy and election-related topics, alongside methods for meaningfully building trust, engaging and empowering the communities they aim to serve.