CrossCheck Australia: Election Watch 2022 - First Draft
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CrossCheck Australia: Election Watch 2022

The purpose

CrossCheck Australia: election watch draws together a diverse range of news media, including national and regional mastheads as well as television and community media.  It has a focus on supporting those targeted by mis – and disinformation. The result…much more nuanced, accurate and inclusive reporting to fill the search results. 

We are thrilled to have gathered and trained over 110 journalists and media practitioners from the Asian Australian Alliance, Community Radio stations such as 3CR focused on under represented groups, as well as Australian Community Media’s regional titles and political correspondents; other independent brands such as Crikey and mainstream national metro news organisations from the ABC to The Guardian Australia. 


The need

The overwhelming majority of journalists surveyed by the Australian bureau of First Draft News during the pandemic said they wanted ongoing support and training, rather than just ‘one off’ events. We therefore devised a 4-week series of master classes and simulations, to be delivered bespoke to each news and community organisation. But importantly, we don’t stop there. In line with our survey findings, we offer focused ongoing support and online monitoring information in our Slack channel.

As of December 2021, a total of 20 training sessions and two Simulations were delivered to 110 participants across 19 different newsroom mastheads and media organisations. These participants are then leveraged as leaders in this field throughout their newsrooms. 

Now and next

The ‘engine room’ is in full swing, providing daily alerts including support and guidance notes which have been quoted by the news organisations in their own reports.

The daily alerts guide journalists through breaking news and ‘on our radar’ narratives.  This may include quotes directly attributable to First Draft as well as on background information (cautioning about amplification concerns) and developing reporting strategies where necessary. 

In March 2022 we are set to host extra sessions to new joiners and cadets employed by the organisations, as well as election specific simulations.