Is election coverage hitting the mark this time?
Here’s SPJ’s story
FROM THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
NATIONAL (November 9, 2020) – Under the heading: “What’s Happening?”, here is what the Society of Professional Journalists organization released Wednesday, November 4, 2020; as votes were still being tallied and news media attempted to report results.
Election Day was Tuesday but journalists are still discussing how to not repeat past mistakes in election coverage and are following through on their promises to not call the results prematurely. The New York Times Media Columnist Ben Smith said on Twitter he feels that television reporters are genuinely doing a good job projecting patience and explaining that the results will take a while. Others disagree, saying the media blew it again. Updates on how the media is covering everything election-related are available on Poynter’s live blog.
The newest Pew Research Center survey data shows roughly eight in 10 Americans blame unfair news coverage on news outlets, not the journalists who work for them.