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Not Just a Buzzword: Civility is Key to Congressional Function

By Betsy Wright Hawkings / 2017 March 6th

The signing of the Commitment to Civility by more Members of Congress — but more importantly, the practice of it — could go a long way toward reducing the hyper-partisanship that so many Americans say they want. Read More

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The State of Diversity in the Media: A Field Analysis

By Taylor T. Harris / 2017 February 22nd

Surmounting the barriers of accessibility to better reflect the composition of the American population will be an arduous, continuous effort—but it is paramount if the media is to adequately serve and inform the public square. Read More

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Panel: Promoting Voter Trust and Confidence in Elections

By Democracy Fund / 2017 February 22nd

Last week at the National Association of Secretaries of State’s (NASS) annual winter conference, the Democracy Fund facilitated a panel discussion about the pressing need to bolster voter confidence in light of the intense scrutiny during 2016. Read More

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Introducing the new Local News Lab

By Tom Glaisyer / 2017 February 10th

We are re-launching the Local News Lab: a testing ground for the future of journalism and a resource for those working at the intersection of media and democracy. Read More

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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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