A selection of resources and guidelines for journalists and newsroom staff covering local, national and international elections.

An essential part of public media’s democratic role is to provide timely, verified and unbiased information during election periods that empowers citizens to make informed decisions. 

Ensuring that political parties are allocated fair and equal air-time during election campaigns and that journalists adhere to appropriate social media usage, are just some of the protocols that public broadcasters must follow in order to fulfil their election coverage mandates.

Here we recommend key resources and guidelines produced by an array of media advocacy, media development and public media organisations that share tips and advice for journalists reporting on elections. We have also collated some ‘best practices’ from public media on how they have covered elections in creative and innovative ways.

Use the tabs below to navigate appropriate resources. The list will be updated regularly but if you think we have missed anything, let us know by emailing editor@publicmediaalliance.org.

This list of recommended guidelines and resources for election reporting has been compiled by the Public Media Alliance team. We aim to frequently update this page.

More resources relating to election coverage can also be found in our Data Journalism and Fact-checking & Investigative Journalism tools pages.

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