Election 2016

Poynter Results

  • Fact-Checking

    Article

    From breweries to GOP meetings, PolitiFact is on a quest to win over conservative America

    TULSA, Oklahoma — It all started with a tailgate. Well, kind of.

    “The genesis of the idea came from a brainstorming meeting in Washington, D.C., in early February,” said Aaron Sharockman, executive director of PolitiFact. “It was really kind of an idea that we should just go to a tailgate — go to a college football game and say we’re there — and draw a crowd and talk to people.”

    Their goal: travel beyond big metropolitan areas and interact with skeptical media consumers in Trump country.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    Front pages from all 50 states on Trump's win: 'Believe it'

    Donald Trump's presidential win led front pages across the U.S. and the world Wednesday. We've gathered a collection of them from each state and the District of Columbia via Newseum, the newspapers themselves and their websites.

    Some of these front pages were released in the early hours of the morning, before Trump's victory.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    Here's a first look at front pages from across the country

    We asked newspapers to send us their post-election front pages on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Here's a look at what we're seeing so far. This first batch came in before Republican candidate Donald Trump was declared the country's next president. We've updated them with later editions declaring Trump the winner.

    Here's the Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns:

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  • Storytelling

    Article

    At The Washington Post, Election Day coverage years in the making

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck sat in a chilly TV studio on the 7th floor of The Washington Post. Through the glass wall behind the two reporters, people moved through the newsroom's hub. On the wall behind them, graphics of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stared straight ahead.

    O'Keefe and Viebeck looked at their computers and shifted in their chairs, waiting for their introduction.

    It came, after several minutes, from the candidates themselves. Quotes from Trump and Clinton filtered into the studio. And then it began.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    How the 2016 campaign changed political journalism

    After this election finally comes to an end, American journalists will be left to assess a chaotic race that has pushed at the conventions of campaign reporting.

    Threats. Accusations of bias. Conspiracy theories. Journalists ran into a combination of falsehoods and media bashing that set 2016 apart from other U.S. presidential campaigns. So, how did the political press do? And what lessons from this election might be applied to future campaign coverage?

  • Innovation

    Article

    The Washington Post's Marty Baron will spend Election Day waiting

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tomorrow, The Washington Post's executive editor will vote, come into the newsroom and wait, like the rest of the country, to see who Americans choose as their next president.

    For all the innovations and creative ways journalists can now cover this election, the audience is still looking for something pretty basic, Marty Baron said.

    "I think that people are just eager to know what the results are going to be and who voted how," he said. "I think there’s such a high degree of anxiety surrounding the election, people just want to know what happened."

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