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In 2017, Journalists Have to Partner, Not Parachute

By Josh Stearns / 2017 January 18th

For national news outlets, supporting community-driven news is an opportunity to reinvigorate journalism from the ground up and build new pathways for audience recruitment in the process. Read More

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My 9 Resolutions for 2017

By Joe Goldman / 2017 January 18th

The new year brings with it an opportunity for us to apply what we've learned from the past to our future plans and to recommit ourselves to principles that we each hold most dear. Read More

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New Year, New Section 203 Jurisdictions: Tips on Supporting Voters with Limited English Proficiency

By Terry Ao Minnis / 2016 December 20th

Best practices and next steps for election officials to ensure voting is as easy and efficient for Americans with language assistance needs as it is for everyone else. Read More

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Welcoming New Democracy Fund Teammates

By Democracy Fund / 2016 December 20th

We are delighted to welcome our new Board Member, Sarah Steven, our three new Senior Fellows, Daniela Gerson, Marty Kaiser, and Rick Shapiro, and three new staff members, Isaiah Castilla, Teresa Gorman, and Robin Stevenson. Read More

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Election Security and the 2016 Voter Experience

By Natalie Adona / 2016 December 2nd

A deeper look at the data from our survey on voters' experience with the elections system in 2016 shows that while most voters had a pleasant voting experience, deep concerns exist about the integrity of American elections. Read More

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6 Things To Know On #GivingTuesday

By Emma Thomson / 2016 November 29th

As Americans head back to work with full hearts after Thanksgiving, we have an annual opportunity to support nonprofit organizations in the work they do year round. Read More

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Starting With Community: From Civic Journalism to Community Engagement

By Paul Waters / 2016 November 7th

Reorientation of local journalism towards engaged journalism is critical to fostering a thriving journalism landscape and a more engaged democracy. Read More

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An Ode to the Great American Concession Speech

By Joe Goldman / 2016 November 7th

After the voters speak and the polls close, it will be time for another crucial hallmark of American democracy — the concession speech. In every election, at the very moment political tension threatens to tear us apart, the concession speech intervenes to bring us back together. Read More

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Progress Report Shows Promising Gains for Voting Access & Efficiency

By Stacey Scholl / 2016 October 20th

Major gains have been made in modernizing voter registration systems, expanding early voting and access to voting, reducing lines and improving polling place management, and modernizing voting technology. Read More

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Transforming a Tradition: Rethinking Debates with Civic Hall

By Tom Glaisyer / 2016 September 26th

In their new report and mini-conference, Civic Hall is bringing together experts to explore technologies and platforms that have the potential to strengthen political debates, increase their relevance, and better serve the American public as they consider who they wish to vote for. Read More

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