Trusted Elections Network

Advancing accurate reporting and information in 2020

The American Press Institute is coordinating a network of newsroom leaders, voting and civic organizations, academic institutions and elections, legal and media experts who will work through 2020 to address misinformation and other threats to secure, trusted elections. 

A number of events have conspired in recent years to shake Americans’ trust in the nation’s electoral process. The information ecosystem has been contaminated by nefarious actors at home and abroad who have sought to influence how voters think about the candidates and the issues. Worries about voter suppression and fraud in some states already were making “election integrity” a key issue in the United States. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, raising serious questions about whether – and how – governments can best ensure voters’ health and safety as they head to the polls. 

API’s Trusted Elections Network is designed to facilitate understanding about the spread of false information, how to avoid amplifying falsehoods and how to best cover the electoral process. Most of all, the network is designed to let journalists and experts share lessons they learn along the way. 

API’s close connections with local news organizations, along with the work that experts and academic institutions have done to identify and isolate the greatest threats to trusted elections, are enabling us to facilitate important conversations about the best ways to inform and educate the public in this pivotal election year.

The network is aimed at advancing strategies, lessons and other resources to help news organizations and others identify and respond to misinformation, disinformation and other challenges to the security and accessibility of American elections. The work is funded with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies

To join the network, you can express your interest by completing this short form or by sending us a note at election2020@pressinstitute.org.

Andrew Rockway, senior community manager
John Hernandez, community manager