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WVU’s Reed College of Media to host training on covering elections

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 WHO: Society of Professional Journalists, Google News Initiative, Mike Reilley, Samantha Sunne and WVU’s Reed College of Media

WHAT: Covering and Protecting Your Elections

WHEN: Oct. 19, 1 - 5 p.m.

WHERE: Martin Hall, room 205 (WVU Downtown Campus)

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This event will teach attendees about verification and fact checking, safety and security, data journalism and journalism ethics. 

Mike Reilley, a former LA Times reporter, is a visiting professor in data journalism and digital journalism at the University of Illinois – Chicago and consults with national media organizations on digital innovation. 

Samantha Sunne, a freelance reporter based in New Orleans, runs a journalism tech group called Hacks/Hackers and teaches journalists to utilize data and technology. 

The event is free, but registration is required. Register for election coverage training.


  • • 1 p.m. – Introduction, Agenda & Overview
  • • 1:20 p.m. – Data Journalism
  • • 2:45 p.m. – Safety and Security 
  • • 3:30 p.m.  – Verification and Fact Checking
  • • 4:35 p.m. – Ethics & Elections
  • • 5 p.m. – Online Resources and Wrap-up



CONTACT: Eric Minor
Director of Student Careers and Opportunities

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