The E.W. Scripps Company hosted on January 27-31 the first National News Literacy Week with the nonprofit News Literacy Project, designed to raise awareness of news literacy as a fundamental life skill.
Scripps’ 60 television stations and national media brands, including Newsy and Stitcher, published stories and ran a national advertising campaign focused on the critical need for news literacy and the important role of a free press in a healthy democracy.
TEGNA began training its journalists in mid-January to combat disinformation in partnership with First Draft, a nonprofit that supports journalists, academics and technologists in the digital age. First Draft will train TEGNA’s journalists across the company’s 49 newsrooms to identify false information online.
NBC News’ “Meet the Press” recently launched “County to County,” a project focusing on five key counties in swing states that moderator Chuck Todd said are “likely to decide this election.” Todd and reporters Vaughn Hillyard and Dasha Burns will provide election coverage from Milwaukee County (Wisconsin), Kent County (Michigan), Beaver County (Pennsylvania), Miami-Dade County (Florida) and Maricopa County (Arizona).
Hearst Television, as part of its “Commitment 2020” initiative, is extending its television and digital coverage of the 2020 election season to provide election news coverage that affects every state. Journalists from around the country and at the recently expanded Washington, D.C., bureau will conduct deep reporting on election security and other issues. Hearst is also collaborating with FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, to identify misinformation.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear participated in five televised debates in October that aired on:
Telemundo and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund hosted two phone banks, each open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On September 17, they focused on citizenship questions and on September 24 addressed voter registration. The campaign is part of “Hazte Contar” (“Be Counted”), Telemundo’s multi-year initiative encouraging participation in the 2020 census and presidential election.
Nexstar’s NBC affiliate WVLA-TV and Fox affiliate WGMB-TV Baton Rouge hosted a debate, held at Louisiana State University, between the three candidates for Louisiana governor. The event, held September 19, broadcast live on television and radio stations statewide. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and the two Republican challengers, Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham discussed education, the economy and infrastructure.
The first Democratic primary debate, held June 26 and 27, featured ten candidates each night. "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt moderated both hours on both nights. Four moderators were featured for an hour per night: "Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd, MSNBC primetime host Rachel Maddow and José Díaz-Balart, anchor of Telemundo’s "Noticias Telemundo" and "NBC Nightly News Saturday."
Scripps’ CBS affiliate WTVF Nashville, along with The Tennessean and Belmont University, held a debate for the leading candidates for Nashville mayor on June 25. The debate is part of their commitment to provide voters with critical news and information on the issues impacting Nashville.
NBC’s WCAU-TV and Telemundo’s WWSI-TV Philadelphia hosted and aired a mayoral debate between incumbent Mayor Jim Kenney and Democratic challengers former City Controller Alan Butkovitz and state Sen. Anthony H. Williams on May 13. The first and only televised mayoral debate featuring all Democratic candidates was broadcast in English and Spanish and was livestreamed on all WCAU and WWSI digital platforms.
Tribune-owned WGN-TV Chicago aired a forum featuring Chicago mayoral candidates on January 10. The live hour and a half long prime time event was open to all fifteen candidates. Twelve attended the whole event, one participated in the second half, and two did not participate. WGN made videos available after the event to show where candidates stand on topics including education, crime and budgets.