First Draft News – Infotheque 2020

Infotheque 2020, from August 4-6, is First Draft’s exclusive event to prepare journalists for covering election misinformation.

Dear FPA members,

On behalf of my work as a U.S. 2020 First Draft News fellow in Florida, I want to invite you to attend a special virtual event next week.

The election is three months away. The president has said he won’t commit to accepting the election results; states are struggling with the ways in which coronavirus will impact in-person voting; and many newsrooms say they don’t have the bandwidth to monitor for misinformation.

Infotheque 2020, from August 4-6, is First Draft’s exclusive event to prepare journalists for covering election misinformation.

  • Civil rights attorney and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights director Vanita Gupta will kick off the event with a keynote and conversation with First Draft U.S. director Claire Wardle.
  • Our election crisis simulation will place you in the heart of a disinformation campaign and will challenge you to make editorial decisions about how to report in real-time.
  • Two days of sessions will cover digital investigation skills, how to think about local and elite misinformation, Facebook political advertising, election protection, and reporting misinformation that targets Black and Latinx communities.
  • The week closes with a keynote by Texas Tribune executive editor Stacy-Marie Ishmael.

Look over the agenda and sign up on Eventbrite using the access code ballot2020.

Thursday webinar reminder

Every Thursday at 5 p.m. (EST) First Draft hosts a webinar to gather input on what resources can be built and shared that would be most helpful for your election coverage.

We want to be of service to journalists and newsrooms when it comes to finding, verifying and responsibly reporting on mis- and disinformation leading up to the election.

Examples of that support could be:

  • Curated CrowdTangle dashboards led by our investigative team.
  • Twitter lists of local influencers to follow.
  • Top line trends shared via an audio recording.

Sign up for the webinars here. And please fill out the media needs assessment here.

Also, all Florida journalists are invited to join First Draft’s growing press pool for access to in-depth briefings and reporting on Covid-19 here.

In addition, I’m personally available to you for any questions, advice or needs you may have as you navigate the flow of misinformation and look to what can be done about it. Contact me at


Pre-bunk misinformation via text message

First Draft has launched a unique and free SMS course to help communities protect themselves from harmful information ahead of the elections. In this two-week text message course, you’ll learn why people create and share false and misleading content, commonly used tactics for spreading it, what you can do to outsmart it, and how to talk to family and friends about it.

You’ll get a text message every day for two weeks — full of valuable lessons to help you prepare for the threat of misinformation. Please share this link with your networks, including family and friends. The course is meant to be helpful for pre-bunking content voters might encounter in the run-up to the election.

Here’s the shareable link:

All the best,

Damon Scott

Florida Fellow, First Draft News

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