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NC Journalists pre-Election Brownbag - Shared screen with speaker view
Jordan Wilkie
17:15
https://dl.ncsbe.gov/
Melanie Sill
18:49
https://www.ncsbe.gov
Gerry Cohen
23:17
county boards meet MONDAY at 10 am to continue processing absentee ballots. since the deadline is 5 pm Monday for absentee ballots to be in the election night results some counties may recess their meetings until maybe 10 am Election Day to continue that processing. then November 3 2 pm or later to run the early and mail ballot vote totals to be released at poll close
C Amanda Martin
24:55
Here’s a link to the NC statute re buffer zones around polling places: https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-166.4.pdf
Gerry Cohen
24:56
absentee ballots received November 3 (plus later days of “absentee overtime” are logged into the database as they come in but not processed until the following week. will be in November 13 canvass totals
Courtney Napier
31:40
Here’s what we’re working on at Scalawag Magazine: https://scalawagmagazine.org/vote/
Melanie Sill
32:15
Trusted Election Network: https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/trusted-elections-network/
Susan Benkelman
35:01
Here is the list of tips we put together for reporters covering the voting https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/publications/elections/13-tips-election-scenarios/
Susan Benkelman
35:59
And here are some broader guideposts for reporters from API: https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/publications/elections/5-guideposts-covering-voting/
Susan Benkelman
37:19
Here is a summary of our conversations with the APi. https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/trusted-elections-network/ap-election-guidance/?utm_source=API+Need+to+Know+newsletter&utm_campaign=6b2f22451b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_23_12_55&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e3bf78af04-6b2f22451b-45838153
Susan Benkelman
38:29
If you really want to dive deeper into how the AP calls races, please feel free to look at the videos which are embedded in the document above.
Melanie Sill
40:57
First Draft News is a great place to begin on tools and tips to fight misinfo/ disinformation including in local reporting: o Prepare yourself for covering misinformation: https://firstdraftnews.org/long-form-article/prepare-for-us-election-misinformation/
Jason deBruyn
43:55
No substitute for old school reporting. Make the extra call. Be in touch with trusted sources. Be skeptical of everything
Melanie Sill
49:19
https://www.propublica.org/electionland/
Jordan Wilkie
49:57
NCSBE guidance for reporters looking to go to polling places on Election Day https://www.ncsbe.gov/news/press-releases/2020/10/13/state-board-releases-press-kit-guidance-reporters-covering-election
Jordan Wilkie
50:25
And one very small newspaper, Carolina Public Press
Gerry Cohen
50:44
counties must post their TOTAL number of pending provisionals by Thursday afternoon.
Gerry Cohen
51:44
provisional file at NCSBE ENRS absentee folder is likely to be totally uploaded by Friday evening if you want to analyze it
Gerry Cohen
53:02
each day November 4-13 the absentee file will be updated with total absentees ballots accepted the previous day with all the usual demographics like party, race, age, county etc
Gerry Cohen
54:18
will help get a handle on how many “overtime” absentees will be added to the canvass totals but daily totals won’t show HOW anyone voted
Jordan Wilkie
55:06
To track these submissions, Michael Bitzer, political science professor at Catawba College, does a lot of the work for us. Follow along on twitter here: @OldNorthStPol
Jordan Wilkie
55:14
https://twitter.com/OldNorthStPol
Paola Jaramillo
56:19
Thank you!
Melanie Sill
56:36
Tracking early votes and NC Voting:https://carolinaelections.com/votetracker/@OldNorthStatePolitics on Twitter (NC)@ElectProject (Michael McDonald) (National)@gercohen (Gerry Cohen, Wake elections board member and former NCGA legislative counsel)
Jane Elizabeth
56:59
newsobserver.com/factcheck - free use for all
Gerry Cohen
57:23
sure
Susan Benkelman
59:06
Regarding misinformation, photos and voting machines. Some of the experts we spoke with recommended that reporters/photogs use opportunities (like press availabilities) to get a photo of the exact voting technology their jurisdictions use. That way if someone posts a picture on social media of a “breakdown” the reporter can tell immediately if it’s a fake.
Pam Kelley
59:40
There have been reports of large numbers of rejected mail-in ballots in Robeson County. I’ve heard that many are from Native Americans. Any word on what’s going on?
Emily Featherston
01:01:00
Pam - There should be a breakdown of the reason for the rejection -- missing signature, etc -- and there is evidence that first time voters in particular are struggling with the requirements
Jordan Wilkie
01:01:21
People can see those rejection rates using the Election Project data here: https://electproject.github.io/Early-Vote-2020G/NC.html
Emily Featherston
01:01:53
Yeah...keyword "should"
Paola Jaramillo
01:02:07
I want to share a Electoral Guide, in Spanish. https://enlacelatinonc.org/category/guia-electoral/
Eric Frederick
01:05:28
I just got a text from a friend — an editor in Kansas received a credible death threat by email this morning. Any special advice for everyone to share with reporters in the field and people in the newsroom if they get such a threat Tuesday while juggling a dozen urgent tasks?
Eric Frederick
01:06:17
(That certainly could be an issue in the days after Tuesday as well.)
C Amanda Martin
01:08:13
Here is a link to the RCFP election guide: https://www.rcfp.org/resources/election-legal-guide/#north-carolina
Gerry Cohen
01:08:57
anecdotally parties going door to door talking to people needing cure — first pitch they give is just go vote early.
Melanie Sill
01:09:30
Tracking litigation:Carolina Public Press downloads from PACER on DocumentCloud: https://beta.documentcloud.org/app?q=project%3Aelection-litigation-in-nc-51121%20Brennan Center litigation tracker: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/court-cases/voting-rights-litigation-2020#North%20CarolinaStanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project tracker of lawsuits involving COVID-related elections process changes: https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/
Jordan Wilkie
01:09:36
If you need a legal document that you do not find in Carolina Public Press’ DocumentCloud, please reach out to me at @jojot_wilkie on Twitter and ask me for it. I can get the federal court documents for you. I can probably get the state court documents for you relatively quickly. I will be less available on Election Day.
Brooks Fuller
01:11:35
NC Press Assoc. What to pack for protest: http://www.ncpress.com/stories/what-to-pack-for-a-protest,2035
Phil Lucey - NCPA
01:11:40
http://ncpress.com/stories/what-to-pack-for-a-protest,2035?
Phil Lucey - NCPA
01:11:51
What to pack for a protest
Melanie Sill
01:12:14
We’ve shared a lot of links. What they show: There are good resources for journalists out there. Here’s a new Free Press database that lists many more, including resources for covering voter intimidation and white supremacy along with others for misinformation, voting, etc. https://airtable.com/shrqDgqmx2jxYe67L/tblwlm6467zW2YO9Y
Emily Featherston
01:13:34
During the BLM protests I wrote my news director's phone number on my arm -- as I don't have that memorized
Melanie Sill
01:13:52
http://ncnewsworks.org
Susan Benkelman
01:14:40
If anyone wants to talk about any of the issues on the API list, please feel to be in touch. susan.benkelman@pressinstitute.org
Virginia Daffron Mountain Xpress
01:15:07
How are news organizations thinking about covering election night parties? In our area (WNC), the US House District 11 is the big one. There’s a party scheduled for the Republican candidate. Previous parties have not featured the use of masks. How would you think about sending a reporter?
Melanie Sill
01:15:47
Here’s our Answer Bank: https://www.elon.edu/u/nclnw/answer-bank/
Jordan Wilkie
01:15:53
Our newsroom is not sending reporters to the parties due to COVID concerns. I know of other newsrooms that are sending reporters to hang out outside those parties.
Virginia Daffron Mountain Xpress
01:16:04
Thanks, Jordan!
Pam Kelley
01:16:47
Thanks, all!
Paola Jaramillo
01:16:56
Thank you!!
Courtney Napier
01:16:57
Thank you! This was very informative!
Rose Hoban
01:17:04
thank you
Phil Lucey - NCPA
01:17:06
good luck. Thank you all.
Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen
01:17:10
Thank you!