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Prepare for US election misinformation

Misinformation threats will impact this election season, and the journalists and newsrooms that cover the narratives as they unfold. We’ve put all our resources — briefings, communities, reporting, courses — in one place to help you meet this challenge. Find what you need and if you want to talk to us directly, you can reach us at [email protected].

See and bookmark our US 2020 Dashboard: Live insights on disinformation

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Sign up to our weekly reporter briefings

Stay informed about the most urgent and emerging misinformation trends by subscribing to our weekly US 2020 email briefings. We also share quick tutorials on verification and monitoring, and the topics for our weekly “Webi-bars.” The Webi-bars are an hour-long weekly event series where members of the CrossCheck community and subscribers to the US 2020 newsletter can informally discuss that week’s misinformation trends and reporting concerns with First Draft researchers.


Prepare to report on election disinformation

Read the takeaways and watch the replays from Infotheque 2020, our three-day event on reporting on election misinformation. Find videos about mobile verification, local and “elite” misinformation, Facebook political advertising, misinformation that targets Black and Latinx communities and more. You can also hear important election reporting tips from our keynote speaker, civil rights attorney Vanita Gupta, and discover what newsrooms should be doing ahead of the election with The Texas Tribune’s editorial director, Stacy-Marie Ishmael.

Watch the talks

Get insights from five battleground states


Share a text message course on disinformation

Our free two-week SMS course will help you to prepare for US election misinformation. “Protection from deception” delivers daily nuggets of training via text. We explain why people create and share false and misleading content, the common tactics people use to spread it, what you can do to outsmart it, and how to talk to family and friends about it. Please share it with your community.

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Access daily disinformation insights

First Draft is coordinating a pool of reporters to support credible coverage of the election and surrounding misinformation. Our investigative research team distributes daily insights about disinformation themes and trends to local and national reporters to help in their reporting.

Interested? Apply to join the pool.

US 2020 Briefings

View all of First Draft’s past weekly briefings from the US 2020 election here.


Join our Student Network

We are building an all-volunteer collaborative project that builds skills in monitoring, verifying and responsibly reporting on misinformation online around the pandemic and the US election.  

If you’re a journalism student and want to get involved, apply to join our network.


Request training for your newsroom

First Draft provides a range of training styles, including live crisis simulations to surface disinformation vulnerabilities in newsrooms. If you manage reporters or a newsroom reporting on the US election, you can request bespoke training by getting in touch with us at [email protected]