Democracy Day: A nationwide collaborative

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U.S. Democracy Day announces $40K in reporting stipends for 2024

By Beatrice Forman, U.S. Democracy Day

We’re happy to announce our first-ever round of reporting stipends to help cover the work of newsrooms participating in Democracy Day for 2024. This program is being created thanks to a grant to Hearken in support of its Election SOS work — including Democracy Day — from Democracy Fund. We have up to $40,000 in total to give out.

How do you cover democracy in the U.S.? Start with these story ideas

By Beatrice Forman, U.S. Democracy Day

For those considering becoming a Democracy Day reporting partner — or for anyone seeking examples of what “pro-democracy reporting” can look like — we’ve crafted a comprehensive content menu. This guide provides a range of story examples, reporting frameworks, and topics du jour that you and your newsrooms can explore to engage your audiences and contribute to the national conversation around the state of democracy.

Apply to be a 2024 U.S. Democracy Day ambassador and recruit newsrooms to join the effort

By Beatrice Forman

In 2024, U.S. Democracy Day hopes to continue its mission of meeting newsrooms of all shapes and sizes where they’re at by creating its first-ever ambassador program, which will empower news leaders and changemakers to recruit new participants across public media, broadcast media, and the national press.

How to raise reader revenue for ambitious democracy coverage in 2024

By Christopher Baxter and Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein

Reader revenue is critical for the sustainability of nonprofit newsrooms, and Democracy Day 2024 is an excellent opportunity to solicit individual gifts. At Spotlight PA, we have had tremendous success with small-dollar reader revenue (what we call “membership”) over the past five years by employing a variety of strategies on Democracy Day — and all year long.

Media educators: Prepare for election season with this free curriculum

By Jane Elizabeth

In 2024, the world will experience the biggest election year in history — and a crucial period for democracy in the United States and beyond.

U.S. Democracy Day celebrates two years of impact with first-ever report

By Beatrice Forman, Center for Cooperative Media

We’re excited to announce the release of U.S. Democracy Day’s 2022–2023 impact report. Crafted by Mission Partners, the report highlights the evolution of U.S. Democracy Day from an idea an in a Twitter thread to a 163-member collaborative with participants across 43 states.

Hundreds of journalists across the country participate in U.S. Democracy Day 2023

By Joe Amditis, Center for Cooperative Media

Newsrooms of all shapes and sizes joined forces on Sept. 15, 2023 for a historic, nationwide, pro-democracy reporting collaboration. Read more about how Democracy Day came to be.

New batch of freelance stories now available for republication by Democracy Day reporting partners

By Center for Cooperative Media

We paid freelance journalists to write stories so they can be republished by U.S. Democracy Day reporting partners for free! Check out the full list of stories available for republication here.

Introducing the Democracy Infusion Project: A free collection of classroom resources for journalism educators

By Jane Elizabeth, Consult Creative LLC

What if journalism educators took on a larger role in that mission? What if journalism students graduated with a more holistic understanding of democracy?

How The Objective and Community Info Coop raised $20,000 to launch a democracy beat

By Simon Galperin and Gabe Schneider

In 2022, the Community Info Coop joined U.S. Democracy Day with an idea: organize a seed fund for a democracy beat at The Objective, a nonprofit watchdog newsroom examining systems of power and inequity in journalism. Fast forward to 2023, and The Objective has its first two part-time staff covering the media democracy beat with recent stories.

Pro-drama or pro-democracy? Use these checklists to ensure your reporting serves people, not politicians

By Jennifer Brandel, CEO of Hearken

We know how tough it is for people working in newsrooms to carve out time to step back, learn the latest and greatest advice in the field, and then apply it to their work. That’s why we’ve made these handy checklists for reporting on democracy and elections as part of U.S. Democracy Day, a nationwide pro-democracy reporting collaboration.

How to create an FAQ about your reporting

By Joy Mayer, Executive Director of Trusting News

Get on the record about how you cover democracy

By Joy Mayer, Executive Director of Trusting News

Learn more about Democracy Day:


What is U.S. Democracy Day and how does it work?

Watch (and share) this video to learn about this historic nationwide collaborative reporting project!

📺 Watch on YouTube.


The U.S. Democracy Day collaborative got its start ahead of the midterms in 2022. It launched as an effort to encourage news organizations across the country to report more — and better— information about the crisis facing democracy here.

We coalesced around one common publishing/broadcasting date: Sept. 15, which is the International Day of Democracy. A total of 400 news organizations participated, including the Gannett chain and dozens of nonprofit and independent outlets.

As we look ahead to 2023, we know we are really looking ahead to 2024. And we know we need to help news organizations build muscle and capacity for what’s to come.

Thanks to support from Democracy Fund, the organizing committee for U.S. Democracy Day has some exciting plans for this year to accomplish just that. We’re planning training webinars, in-person events, content sharing and more.


Democracy Day is an effort to draw attention to this crisis, provide the public with the context and information they need, and bring all types of media together to sound the alarm collectively.


We’d like to provide clear explanations of what’s happening (and what could happen), give practical information on what members of the public can do, and uncover new revelations related to anti-democratic efforts.

We have chosen Sept. 15 as a day when print, radio, TV, and digital media on the national and local level will come together to report on the threat we’re facing. This will include original reporting, aggregations of existing reporting, and op-eds. Through the collaboration, we’ll make some Creative Commons reporting free for all to republish and use across various mediums.


July 2023: “Demystifying newsrooms: Explaining your government and democracy coverage,” was co-hosted by Trusting News, as part of the U.S. Democracy Day nationwide collaboration on Sept. 15, 2023. Our speakers, Joy Mayer and Lynn Walsh, shared novel ways to connect with your audience, clarify misassumptions, and create a more engaged community around your journalistic work.

Watch the full recording here.

June 2023: The Democracy Beat: A look at the future of collaborative journalism,” was co-hosted by The Objective and the Community Info Coop, as part of the U.S. Democracy Day nationwide collaboration on Sept. 15, 2023. Our speakers, Gabe Schneider and Simon Galperin, shared their experiences in defining “democracy” for their organizations, as well as collaborative fundraising strategies and managing a dedicated democracy beat.

Watch the full recording here.

July 2022: This 1-hour virtual session, hosted by the Democracy Day organizing committee, provides an overview of the project and covers items on the Democracy Day content menu, including some great examples for nearly every menu item.

We also heard incredible and inspirational opening remarks from our guest speakers Michael Bolden and Jay Rosen.

Read Rosen’s remarks here and read Bolden’s remarks here.


We know that some newsrooms are already thinking about this, and some are even building teams to focus on democracy, like at the Washington Post. Newsrooms like KPCC and the Long Beach Post, meanwhile, are shifting their political coverage to focus on democratic erosion and the voters themselves. We hope this effort will light a fire under newsrooms that haven’t yet thought about this coverage strategically.

We’re organizing this initiative with support from media industry groups, several of which have already signed on to support the effort. This idea is initially being developed by Jennifer Brandel, co-founder and CEO of Hearken and lead strategist on Election SOS and Democracy SOSStefanie Murray, director of the Center for Cooperative MediaBridget Thoreson, member collaborations editor at INN; and me, Rachel Glickhouse, learning and labs director at News Revenue Hub. We’re hopeful that an organizational sponsor and funding to manage the project could help us jumpstart this effort.

We believe this effort will encourage more and better reporting on the anti-democratic threats we face. And we hope our actions will serve our country and help protect the rights we hold dear — before it’s too late.

Click here to learn more about how to participate.


💝  Email us for more info about how to financially support Democracy Day.

The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University is providing infrastructure support for this iteration of Democracy Day, so you can contact us at [email protected].

Still have questions? Contact the Center for Cooperative Media directly by sending an email to [email protected].


The Democracy Day project is supported by Democracy Fund and sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.