Floridians are going to the polls on March 17 for the state’s presidential main. This election cycle, WUSF is specializing in the problems quite than the political horse race.
To do this, WUSF has teamed up with reporters at NPR member station WMFE in Orlando for I-Four Votes, a collaboration protecting the election points that matter to these residing alongside the I-Four hall.
Reporters frolicked in communities and carried out an off-the-cuff survey to seek out out what voters cared about.
This week on Florida Issues, host Bradley George talks with WUSF information director Mary Shedden, WUSF political reporter Steve New child and WMFE reporter Abe Aboraya about what they realized within the course of.
“We created a survey on-line, went out and talked to folks in regards to the survey and over 800 folks crammed out and accomplished the surveys,” Shedden stated. She stated these responses are guiding election protection at WUSF and WMFE.
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A part of the explanation for doing I-Four Votes is correcting information media’s wrongs from the 2016 election cycle, Shedden stated.
“The media heard that the way in which we coated the race was not useful,” she stated. “A couple of 12 months in the past, we (public media stations in Florida) determined to begin speaking about protecting the race in a different way and we teamed up…to cowl some of the necessary elements of the nation in the case of politics.”
The collaboration is supposed to have interaction communities within the I-Four hall.
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“You get a significantly better really feel of the heartbeat of the neighborhood by simply getting out and speaking to folks and that’s what we tried to do right here,” stated Steve New child.
“Solely 20 p.c of People have ever been interviewed or met a journalist,” Shedden stated. “We’re taking our reporting and going into the neighborhood, as an alternative of simply protecting the occasions. That’s on the coronary heart of all our reporting.”