With the 2022 midterms about 18 weeks away, election coverage is taking shape in many newsrooms. Some outlets are responding to new threats to democracy by shifting reporting resources to focus on voters or putting journalists on “the democracy beat.” Only one newsroom, though, says it’ll focus exclusively on the ins and outs of elections.
Votebeat launched in 2020 as a three-month “pop-up” reporting project that placed 15 reporters in 10 local newsrooms in Michigan, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia. In 2021, editor-in-chief Chad Lorenz was joined by Jessica Huseman, formerly of ProPublica’s Electionland. And now, in 2022, Votebeat is launching as a permanent newsroom after Chalkbeat, its nonprofit parent newsroom covering education, raised $3.1 million.
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