Media - Covering the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Covering a presidential campaign presents significant challenges for news organizations large and small.  These change as the campaign progresses.  In the 2020 primaries there was a very large field of Democratic candidates.  Outlets in the early states, even small ones, have many opportunities to cover the candidates.  Large outlets such as the networks have significant resources and can, for example, field campaign embeds to cover the leading candidates.  All news organizations have faced a whole new set of challenges from March 2020 onward due to the pandemic.  This section presents press releases from news organizations highlighting features and innovations in their coverage of the campaign.

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Covering the 2020 Presidential Campaign

CNN to Provide Expansive Election Night in America Coverage (Oct. 29, 2020)

Univision News Announces Election Night Coverage: “Destino 2020 Presenta: La Gran Noche” on Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. ET (Oct. 28, 2020)

ABC News Announces Special Coverage of 2020 Election Day on Tuesday, November 3 (Oct. 28, 2020)

One Week from Today—NBC News and MSNBC to Air Special "Decision 2020" Election Coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Oct. 28, 2020)

AP announces 2020 general election plans (Oct. 27, 2020)

Make NPR Your Trusted 2020 Election News Service (Oct. 27, 2020)

PBS NewHour Announces Election 2020 Special Coverage Plans (Oct. 26, 2020)

The Washington Post to host daily, live 2020 election programming beginning Oct. 28 (Oct. 26, 2020) 

FOX News Media Unveils Industry-Leading Election Technology Across Platforms (Oct. 21, 2020)

Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O'Keefe Will Lead CBS News' Election Night 2020 Coverage from ViacomCBS Headquarters in the Heart of New York's Times Square

CBS News Will Present "The Deciders" a One-Hour Primetime Special Exploring the Changing American Electorate as the County Nears Election Day (Oct. 29, 2020)

ABC News town hall with former Vice President Biden and NBC News town hall with President Trump (both Oct. 15, 2020)

Free Press Action Fund sign on letter: Election 2020 coverage pledge (Oct. 8, 2020)

NBC News Digital releases interactive polling, early voting and voter turnout tools (Sept. 23, 2020)

ABC News town hall with President Trump (Sept. 15, 2020) and CNN town hall with former Vice President Biden (Sept. 17, 2020)

Events to Help Journailsts Prepare to Cover the Election (Sept. 2020)

Univision News Announces Its Presidential Election Coverage to Keep Hispanic America Fully Informed from the Conventions Through Election Night (Aug. 18, 2020)

convention coverage (Aug. 2020)

Ad Age's Campaign Trail coverage returns (Mar. 11, 2020)

Scholastic: Young Journalists of Scholastic Kids Press Report from the 2020 Presidential Campaign Trail (Feb. 27, 2020)

Television Bureau of Advertising: 2020 Voters Media Usage Study: South Carolina (Feb. 26, 2020)

Telemundo Launches DECISIÓN 2020, Largest Multiplatform Political News Coverage and Civic Engagement Initiative To-Date (Feb. 18, 2020)

CNN town halls in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina (Feb. 2020)

AP announces US presidential primary coverage plans (Feb.3, 2020)

Apple News launches special coverage of the 2020 presidential election (Feb. 3, 2020)

The Des Moines Register, CNN and Selzer & Co. will not release final installment of the Iowa Poll (Feb. 1, 2020)

ABC News Announces Special Coverage of the 2020 Presidential Election Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary (Jan. 30, 2020)

Committee to Protect Journalists: CPJ launches safety kit for journalists covering 2020 US elections (Jan. 30, 2020)

C-SPAN to Debut Campaign 2020 Bus in Partnership with Mediacom (Jan. 2020)

Apple News teams with ABC News for 2020 presidential election coverage (Dec. 16, 2019)

Bloomberg News response to Mike Bloomberg's entry into the campaign (Nov. 24, 2019)

NBC News and Meet the Press Launch Year-Long “County to County” Project... (Nov. 18, 2019)

McClatchy Launches Subscription Product for Political Obsessives Who Know the Presidential Election Will Not Be Decided Inside the Beltway (Nov. 5, 2019)

U.S. News Teams Up with USAFacts to Strengthen Non-Partisan Reporting of the 2020 Presidential Election (Oct. 15, 2019)

Primary 2020: The Exchange Candidate Forums from NHPR (Oct. 2, 2019)

NHPR: New Podcast Takes In-Depth Look at the New Hampshire Primary (Sept. 10, 2019)

The Washington Post establishes a computational political journalism R&D lab to augment its campaign 2020 coverage (July 24, 2019)

Reuters to distribute real-time 2020 U.S. presidential election results and exit polls from the National Election Pool in groundbreaking collaboration (July 22, 2019)

CNN debuts new polling standards as 2020 race heats up (July 9, 2019)

Iowa Public Radio: New Podcast "Caucus Land" Debuts in July (May 31, 2019)

One America News Network Has Strong Ratings Going Into The 2020 Presidential Elections (May 22, 2019)

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics: 2020 Campaign Journalism Conference, April 11-12, 2019 [PDF - Agenda]

ABC News 2020 campaign producers/reporters (Mar. 5, 2019)

AP adds 2 journalists to 2020 reporting team (Feb. 4, 2019)

CBS News announces 2020 presidential campaign digital journalists (Jan. 11, 2019)

The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth Returns to SHOWTIME on January 27 (Jan. 4, 2019)

The Des Moines Register and CNN announce partnership to produce the Iowa Poll (Dec. 6, 2018)

Introducing the Candidates

CNN Town Halls town halls featuring in-studio audiences, first aired on Jan. 28 (Harris)

WMUR-TV "Conversation with the Candidates" 60-minute broadcasts recorded live-to-tape before an in-studio audience, first taped on Feb. 26 (Yang)

Center for Public Integrity 2020 Presidential Profiles

NHPR "2020 Candidate Conversations" on "The Exchange" first on Mar. 21 (Gabbard)

Quad-City Times "Leading the Nation - Iowa 2020" forums at St. Ambrose University, first one April 28 (Swalwell)