Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Let's Get Better TV Coverage of Campaigns
We've blogged before (Jan. 26, Apr 15, Sept 1) about the trouble with televised information on candidates increasingly switching from news coverage to paid ads. Now you can help document the problem.

The Alliance for Better Campaigns today launched its "Media Watchdog Project," a campaign to encourage citizens to monitor their local stations and call on broadcasters to devote more time to candidate and issue discussion. Over the next six weeks, citizens will watch and score local news coverage of elections on a variety of factors – including coverage of state and local races, the amount of issue discussion vs. strategy or horserace coverage, and the number of candidate soundbites. The scorecard can be downloaded at here. After completing the scorecard, you can send customized feedback to station managers and news directors via e-mail.

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