On Democracy Day, protect your vote: Be informed, not misled
Today is Democracy Day, a collaborative effort by journalists and their allies from around the nation to draw attention to threats to democracy and to highlight ways to resist these threats.
Misinformation and disinformation are two major dangers. That’s why on Democracy Day — 54 days before the midterms — the News Literacy Project is launching a campaign to empower voters to be informed, not misled. We join an effort proposed by the Center for Cooperative Media and whose many partners include the American Press Institute, the Center for Public Integrity and many other news outlets.
To carry out the ideals of Democracy Day, we’ve brought together resources focused on the midterm election to help everyone find reliable information and avoid falsehoods.
You’ll find links to credible sources for election information, information on how to check whether and where you’re registered, answers to frequently asked questions about voting and more.
We teamed up with the League of Women Voters to create public service announcements to raise awareness about election misinformation. Please watch these and share.
- Oct. 18: Are you being informed or influenced? News literacy skills to prioritize information from credible sources. Register here.
- Oct. 25: Spotting election misinformation and understanding motivations behind how and why it spreads. Presented in collaboration with the League of Women Voters. Register here.
- Nov. 1: How to debunk misinformation and engage in productive conversations without confrontation. Presented in collaboration with the League of Women Voters. Register here.
Democracy Day is a collaborative effort hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey. See what newsrooms around the country are reporting about the democratic process in their communities.
Democracy Day is just the beginning. As the midterms unfold, we’ll continue to share new resources to help you stay informed. We are interviewing election and misinformation experts about the types of falsehoods that tend to crop up during campaign season, and we’ll share these videos on our page. We’re also working on an infographic that will help you learn how to spot red flags and verify information.