U.S. Elections & Inauguration Coverage Resources

U.S. Elections & Inauguration Coverage Resources

A list of resources for journalists covering the U.S. election and the inauguration. 
Updated January 19, 2021


AAJA Statement on the January 6 Attack on Congress and Ongoing Violence against and Vilification of Journalists In the wake of the violent attack on Congress last week that was spurred by disinformation about the 2020 election results and amid threats of violence timed with the presidential inauguration, AAJA reaffirms the crucial role of journalists in ensuring an informed and engaged citizenry in a democracy. Read here.

Statement: NABJ Issues Security Advisory In the wake of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, NABJ president Dorothy Tucker published a security advisory for journalists. Read it here.

Webinars & Workshops

January 14 Strategies for Safely Covering Civil Unrest The International Women’s Media Foundation is hosting an event on covering civil unrest led by Jeff Belzil, the IWMF’s Director of Security, and Corinne Chin, staff journalist at the Seattle Times. Register here.

January 15 Covering Riots and Civil Unrest The Dart Center is hosting a free 90-minute training webinar on January 15 for journalists in response to the violent attack on the US Capitol last week. Register here.

January 18, 19, & 22 Covering Insurrection In response to the attempted coup on January 6, a workshop led by Anita Varma explores framing, wording and perspectives of covering insurrections. See the dates and register here.

January 27 Trauma Literacy for News Leaders The World Association of News Publishers is hosting a webinar on January 27 organized by AAJA Members Irene Jay Liu and Lau Joon-Nie. The 90-minute event will explore responses to trauma in the newsroom. Register here.

January 28 Let’s Talk About Mental Health and Trauma in Journalism On January 28, the Chicago Headline Club is offering a free training on mental health and trauma in journalism, covering topics from how to interview survivors to practicing self-care. Register for the event here.


AAJA & SAJA Guidance on Coverage of VP-Elect Kamala Harris and her Racial Identity The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) urge contextualized and comprehensive news coverage around the racial identity of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris. Read here.

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the build-up to the US presidential inauguration The Committee to Protect Journalists shares physical and digital safety, pre-assignment planning, and situational awareness tips. Read it here.

The NPPA’s Lessons learned from D.C. The National Press Photographers Association shares tips for journalists to prepare and know their rights on evidence. Read it here.

Guide: How to Cover Electoral Conflict A comprehensive guidebook from investigative journalist Amanda Ripley and Carnegie fellow Rachel Kleinfeld covering topics such as reaching out to crisis sources to not repeating misinformation. Available here.

Editor’s Safety Checklist for Covering Protests HP Risk Management have compiled an editors checklist in order to help prepare their journalists for covering events and protests in the build up to and after the inauguration. Download it here.

How to Dox Yourself on the Internet A step-by-step guide from the NYT Open to finding and removing your personal information from the internet. Read Here.

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