“Thurs., 9/10, at Noon ET: Media Experts on Covering the 2020 Election; Panel with ProPublica, CNN”

What:  Getting “Election Night” Right, a panel conversation with journalists about the challenges in covering the 2020 election and ensuring fair, accurate reporting 

Hosts: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU LawProPublica, and New York University’s John Brademas Center

When: Thursday, September 10, 12:00-1:00pm ET 

Where: Online. Please RSVP here.


  • Stephen Engelberg, Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica
  • Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report; host, The Takeaway: Politics with Amy Walter
  • Abby Phillip, Political Correspondent, CNN
  • Moderator: Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice; author: The Fight to Vote


Journalists are facing factors in this year’s election that complicate reporting, including the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing changes in voting to keep people safe, false claims about voting being spread by the White House, and disinformation spread online by foreign actors. The panelists will discuss ways the media can account for these challenges and deliver fair, accurate information to the public, particularly by preparing their audiences for the likelihood that election results may take days or weeks to process after November 3 and by combating election-related misinformation. The panel will also explore how the press can inform the public if the results are contested, without inflaming tensions or heightening mistrust.


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