As a recent column in The New York Times proclaimed, “the democracy beat is now everyone’s beat.” Coverage of democracy-related issues has found its way across all parts of the newsroom, overlapping with many of the beats assigned to journalists. Voting rights and the freedom to protest are just a couple of issues at the core of our democracy and are increasingly relevant to local communities. By attending this NEFAC 30 Minute Skills class, you’ll learn:
- How to strengthen your beat coverage with democracy-related stories.
- Potential sources for stories on topics relevant to our democracy.
- Specific democracy-related story ideas that you can immediately begin working on.
About Your Instructor:
Geoff Foster is the executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, a 50-year-old organization working to make democracy more equitable and accessible. Foster is a community organizer and youth worker with more than 15 years of experience in Massachusetts state policy, advocacy, and civic engagement.