What is America Amplified: Election 2020?

Mar 9, 2020

Our station will increase engagement journalism efforts this year by partnering with other public radio stations and collaborating networks in a regional reporting initiative called America Amplified: Election 2020.

America Amplified: Election 2020, a $1.9 million national public media collaboration funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting , was launched in the fall of 2019 to bring a different kind of reporting into public media coverage of this year’s election. This initiative prioritizes community engagement in reporting by emphasizing the quality of the relationships cultivated for a story.

America Amplified aims to put people, not preconceived ideas, at the center of its reporting process — using listening events, public forums, crowd-sourcing, polls and social media to listen first to the concerns and aspirations of American communities. The results will then be reported back through a network of participating public media stations across the country.

America Amplified is working with seven established public media collaborations — StateImpact Pennsylvania, Side Effects Public Media, Ohio Valley ReSource, the Mountain West News Bureau, I-4 Votes, Harvest Public Media and the New England News Collaborative — as well as with WABE in Atlanta.

Other partners include APM Research Lab, BBC and the Public Agenda/USA Today/Ipso Hidden Common Ground initiative.

America Amplified’s goal is to create and share models of community engagement success stories to inform and strengthen future local, regional and national journalism.

Follow America Amplified on Twitter at @amplified2020.