Student Media Watchdog Association

The Media Narrative for Election 2012

In Campaign 2012, Editorial, Political on February 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

By Katherine Bies

With all the news organizations and news articles covering the 2012 election primaries, it’s hard to know what constitutes fact and what constitutes opinion regarding the candidates. We know election news coverage can be extremely overwhelming to follow, but it is extremely important that the public (YOU!) is well-informed when making its decision in November about who should run our country for the next four years. SMWA wants to help! While we aren’t going to tell you who to vote for, we can give you a few tips.

What’s the best way to handle campaign coverage for the next 10 months?


  1. Read Critically– You can’t believe everything you read!
  2. Fact Check– There are plenty of media watchdog and news organizations that fact check either what news organizations are saying or what the candidates themselves are saying.
  3. Read the Pew Center for Jounalism’s Election Report! It provides weekly analysis of the tone and volume of candidate coverage to help put what you read in perspective.


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