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The pressures of covering elections and endorsing candidates
February 14, 2014

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and Hank Waters, publisher emeritus of the Columbia Daily Tribune, spoke about the pressures of covering elections and endorsing candidates in small communities at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Campaign coverage from the candidates’ perspective

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    Campaign coverage from the candidates’ perspective
    February 14, 2014

    A panel of current and previous candidates discuss newspaper campaign coverage from the candidates' perspective at Down-home Democracy, a local election coverage workshop hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014.
  • The Web as a tool for multimedia election reporting

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    The Web as a tool for multimedia election reporting
    February 14, 2014

    Brian Wheeler, executive editor at Charlottesville Tomorrow, spoke about the Web as a tool for multimedia election reporting and citizen engagement at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • RJI survey reveals residents’ attitudes toward municipal elections, newspapers’ coverage of them

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    RJI survey reveals residents’ attitudes toward municipal elections, newspapers’ coverage of them
    February 6, 2014

    A survey of 1,235 Missouri residents, conducted by the RJI Insight and Survey Center in November and December 2013, reveals their attitudes about municipal elections and their local newspapers' coverage of them.
  • Preparation is key to meaningful coverage of candidates

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    Preparation is key to meaningful coverage of candidates
    January 6, 2014

    No matter the circumstances, newspapers must be prepared to introduce candidates to their staffs and their readers. Newspapers play an important role in helping the electorate form initial impressions of candidates.

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