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March 25- April 21, 2024






March 25- April 21, 2024


A Better Way to Cover Elections: Campaign Reporting that Centers Communities and Solutions

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Welcome to the Knight Center’s new MOOC, A Better Way to Cover Elections: Campaign Reporting that Centers Communities and Solutions, organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in partnership with The Solutions Journalism Network. During this four-week massive open online course, which will be held from March 25th- April 21st, 2024, students will learn how to reinvent elections and campaign coverage to better serve communities and strengthen democracy. 

Over four weeks, you will learn an effective and innovative alternative to the traditional horse-race approach to election reporting, which will help you better serve your communities and strengthen democracy. This course will provide materials and examples predominantly based on the context of US elections, with a commitment to ensuring their global relevance.

This course was designed for reporters, editors, students, and aspiring journalists around the world.  It’s for anyone who is dissatisfied with traditional coverage of politics, elections and democracy and wants tools and strategies to increase trust and engagement, reduce polarization,  and employ solutions journalism to help communities address problems and hold politicians to account.

This course is organized into five modules:

  • Introduction Module: Led by Jaisal Noor, this module will cover the challenges associated with traditional ‘horse-race’ political coverage, the importance of newsrooms adopting a pro-democracy stance, and an overview of essential skills and strategies for achieving a more effective approach to political journalism.
  • Module 1: Led by Lynn Walsh, this module focuses on fostering transparency and openness in newsrooms while teaching participants how to craft mission statements and share coverage goals effectively.
  • Module 2: Instructed by Jennifer Brandel, this module explores strategies for community-driven journalism and advocates for better engagement with diverse audiences.
  • Module 3: The third module, guided by Jaisal Noor, introduces solutions journalism as a tool for enhancing campaign coverage, including integration into existing beats and real-world examples from newsrooms.
  • Module 4: Co-instructed by Lynn Walsh and Julia Hotz, the final module addresses polarization in election reporting and offers practical techniques to avoid amplifying extreme views while promoting fairness and credibility in reporting.

Jaisal Noor is Solutions Journalism Network’s Democracy 

Cohort Manager. He leads the Advancing Democracy Fellowship, helping newsrooms reinvent how they cover politics, deepening their election c

overage beyond the horse race. Over the past decade, Jaisal has reported for Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, Bolts Magazine, The Real News Network and Baltimore Beat. He is also an organizer with US Democracy Day, a movement supporting pro-democracy newsrooms.





Lynn Walsh is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism for more than 15 years. Currently, she is a freelance journalist and the Assistant Director of Trusting News, where she works to help rebuild trust between journalists and the public. Lynn is also an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA where she teaches journalism and communication classes. She is a past national president and Ethics Chair for the Society of Professional Journalists.






Jennifer Brandel (she/they) is Co-founder & CEO of Hearken, a company that helps organizations around the world develop and operationalize participatory processes. Brandel is an award-winning journalist, and founded and led the ground-breaking audience-first journalism series Curious City at WBEZ Chicago. She is also co-founder of Zebras Unite, a global movement and network of entrepreneurs, funders, investors and allies creating a more ethical, inclusive and collaborative ecosystem for mission-based  startups. Brandel received the Media Changemaker Prize by the Center for Collaborative Journalism, was named one of 30 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business, is a Columbia Sulzberger Fellow, an RSA Fellow, a member of the Guild of Future Architects and the National Civic Collaboratory. 





Julia Hotz is Solutions Journalism Network’s Fellowships Manager. She created and leads SJN’s LEDE Fellowship and Complicating the Narratives (CTN) Fellowship, and supports both colleagues and partners to create solutions journalism fellowship programs. She’s currently reporting “The Connection Cure” (Simon and Schuster, 2024), and has written solutions journalism about mental health issues for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wired magazine, Scientific American, Bloomberg, Time magazine, and more.