Registration is now closed for this program, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 25 from 5-7 p.m. ET.
The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the National Press Foundation, and the RAND corporation are offering journalists a new way to prepare for the unexpected in Election 2020 news: Gaming your coverage plan.
RAND gamemaster David A. Shlapak will present players with scenarios based on current and likely events, and each team will make coverage decisions, not knowing what the next roll of the dice will bring.
The game will surface journalists’ assumptions and test decisions as reporters and editors balance competing goals, commit limited resources, and assess tradeoffs. The game’s timeline will begin in September, continue through Election Day, and end on Inauguration Day.
Political journalists will play in teams, and observers will go behind the scenes to eavesdrop on the decision-making by competing groups. The program will conclude with a debrief that ties the game outcomes to coverage decisions you’re about to make.
David A. Shlapak is a senior defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. From 2014 to 2018, Shlapak was a founding co-director of the RAND Center for Gaming, one of six Methods Centers under the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a former acting director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program in Project AIR FORCE.
The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.
The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose primary mission is educating journalists on the complex issues of the day and training them on the latest digital tools. The foundation recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its awards and programs.
The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement. As the non-profit of the National Press Club, the Institute serves as a beacon for journalism in the public interest.
- Write what you know: ‘Fix What You Can’ & ‘Love You Hard’ with Aly Colón, Mindy Greiling, Angela Greiling Keane and Abby Maslin (October 2, 11:30am-12:15pm)
- Design Hacks: How to create social media posts with Beth Francesco (October 9, 11:30am-12:30pm)
Watch the video replay or read the recap:
- Writing through: Grieving together, alone with Keith Woods and Tom Huang
- Leading through: Resilient newsrooms with Robyn Tomlin, Mike Wilson and Jill Geisler
- Writing through: Resilience & community with Connie Schultz and Jon Mooallem
- Covering Coronavirus: How to be an antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi, Robert Samuels and Shannon Young
- Writing through: A personal pandemic with Sarah Maslin Nir and Tim Herrrera
- Writing through: The power of details with Jessica Contrera and Kelley Benham French
- Writing through: Focusing in short bursts with Lane DeGregory, Deborah Netburn and Marla Broadfoot
- Find untold stories: How to use PACER with Seamus Hughes
- Design hacks: How to create visuals when it’s not usually your job with Beth Francesco
- Working through: Revising your emotional story with Elizabeth Flock and Lori Gottlieb
- Newsroom leadership in the age of Black Lives Matter with Mizell Stewart III, Katrice Hardy and Mary Irby-Jones
- The art & craft of the interview: How to deeply listen with Terry Gross, Michael Barbaro and Kimberly Adams
- How to recruit, develop and advance diverse investigative journalism teams with Manny Garcia, Maria Perez and Cheryl W. Thompson
- Being heard: How to use your voice so people listen with Sewell Chan, Erika Smith, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jake Silverstein
- Covering justice: Reimagining the cops, crime, courts beats with Michael Days, Libor Jany and Jamiles Lartey
- Keeping public records public: Strategies for getting access during the pandemic with Miranda Spivack and Mark Walker
- Equity and community in local news: Lessons learned in 2020 with Jim Friedlich, Denise Rolark Barnes, Cassie Haynes, Darryl Holliday and Tasneem Raja
- What would antiracist journalism look like? with Leah Donnella, Cassie Haynes, Robert Samuels and Juliet Beverly
- Free press under attack: Protecting investigative journalism with Amanda Bennett, Agnes Callamard, Angela Greiling Keane and Nabiha Syed
- Election 2020: “What if?” workshop with Sylvia Albert, David Becker, Maria Barsallo Lynch, Rick Hasen and Ellen Weintraub
- Journalists in peril: Creating a safer, equitable future together with Jill Geisler, Alex Marquardt, Sarah Matthews, Abby Phillip and Michael Santiago
- Reporting on yourself: How memoir can transform trauma into healing with Sarah Maslin Nir and Rukmini Callimachi
Contact Journalism Institute Executive Director Julie Moos with questions.