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INFORMED
CITIZEN
AKRON
August 11-13, 2016
Improving Candidate-Focused Media Coverage in
the 2016 Presidential Election
Beginning Thursday, August 11th, and extending through Saturday,
August 13th, a demographically-balanced panel of eighteen
Akron-area residents met at the University of Akron Student
Center to participate in a Citizens Jury for Informed Citizen Akron.
Participants were randomly selected and stratified to represent
the population of Summit County, and were paid $400 plus travel
and childcare expenses for the entirety of their time commitment.
Citizen Jurors gathered to learn from political experts, to deliberate
and discuss information about presidential candiates and the
presidency itself, and generate recommendations for Ohio media.
The participants were charged with evaluating the ways in which
local and Ohio-based media partners can shift their coverage to
help voters better evaluate candidates and make more informed
electoral decisions during the 2016 election.
INFORMED CITIZEN AKRON
PROCESS
DAY 1
Panelists meet one another and discuss goals and
expectations for the 3 days
Panelists review the first Informed Citizen Akron jury’s final
report
Panelists engage in a simulation exercise as an introduction
to the process of assessing information and working
together to achieve shared results
Presentation on political journalism and today’s challenges
in newsrooms by Doug Livingston
(Akron Beacon Journal)
Presentation on political polling by Dr. John Green
(Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics)
DAY 2
Panelists evaluate the roles and responsibilities of the
President
Presentation by Dr. Stephen Brooks (Ray C. Bliss Institute of
Applied Politics) on traditional campaigning
Presentation by C. Daniel Myers (University of Minnesota)
on the psychology of political decision-making and
information processing
Panelists identify their most valued qualities and traits of
presidential candidates
Panelists assess past Akron Beacon Journal political
coverage for clarity and informativeness
DAY 3
Jurors draft statements about campaigns, voter
decision-making, and presidential roles and responsibilities
Jurors generate strategies for the media to use to convey
necessary information
Final comments, wrap up and evaluations
3
SCHEDULE
Media outlets and newspapers such as the Akron Beacon Journal
are facing difficulties with changing technology and shifts in
how people get their news and information, especially with more
people getting news and information from 24-hour TV news and
the internet. They are faced with a lack of financial resources as
revenues and subscriptions decline and are without clear options
for getting money through their website. This has led to a large
decline in the number of reporters and staff available to cover
local issues, and less involvement and engagement with the
community. It has also led to changes in how national stories are
covered by re-publishing stories that are published elsewhere.
We feel it is important for the Beacon Journal and other local
media to find their niche and reconnect with local readers so that
people can see the paper as a community benefit and provide
information we can’t find anywhere else. This is a challenge,
however, since there are so many news sources online and
nationally and because reporters have to make decisions about
balancing the following tensions when deciding what to cover
and what their readers truly want to read:
•	 Depth vs. Breadth
•	 Local vs. State vs. National
•	 Breaking News vs. Daily Stories vs. Ongoing, Long-term Coverage
•	 Sensational headlines vs. Analysis
•	 Policies, Positions, and Issues vs.
Personal Characteristics and Background
LOCAL NEWS IS CHANGING
4
The following statements were created by the Informed Citizen Akron panelists
to highlight information valuable to voters, media partners, and all Ohioans in
considering the 2016 Presidential Election and coverage of future elections.
HOW VOTERS DECIDE
People typically choose their political affiliation based on
three factors: parental influence, peer influence and/or a
defining issue. Most people identify with one political party,
whether or not they realize it; true independents are rare.
If third party candidates are able to overcome the
significant existing legal barriers to appear on the ballot,
they still face challenges in generating popular support due
to how deeply-rooted the two-party system is in American
society.
Citizens are given an overload of information, both positive
and negative towards their political affiliation. In the case
of negative information, voters discount and rationalize
negative information about their candidate, while focusing
on negative information about their opposition.
Both reporters and readers need to be aware of their own
biases in order to process information effectively.
5
6
HOW POLLING WORKS
Polling is a way to collect information about citizen opinions
on issues, candidates, and other topics. Polling has changed
drastically from face-to-face polling to polling by phone, and
polling from other sources like cell phones and computer
surveys.
A good poll has certain characteristics and is done in a
specific way to get the best and most scientific results.
•	 Respondents must be selected randomly.
•	 Polling shouldn’t be designed to support certain positions or be
skewed to align with survey taker’s positions.
•	 Survey takers should be neutral and unbiased in constructing
and conducting the poll.
•	 Data and questions asked in survey should be available to the
public.
Organizations conducting polls face some challenges in
ensuring accuracy.
•	 Women may be more likely to answer the phone, introducing
potential bias.
•	 Only certain people have computer access or land lines.
•	 Cell phones present special problems for contacting the
respondents.
•	 Polls can take up a lot of time and be difficult for people to
participate in because of their length or format.
Advantages of current polling include the availability and use
of open-ended responses and recording verbatim responses,
which can generate more information and provide more
detail about diverse opinions among subgroups.
It is important as a citizen to be involved in the polling
process if given the opportunity because that makes the
results more accurate and representative.
7
HOW CAMPAIGNS OPERATE
There are three types of voters from the perspective of a
campaign: supporters, undecideds, and opponents. These voters
are typically split 45%/10%/45%. Although 80% self-identify as
independent, only about 10% of voters are true independents,
with most leaning toward one major party or the other.
Candidates may pursue undecided voters depending on their
position in the polls, with leading candidates usually focused on
turning out supporters to vote, while trailing candidates may
focus on swaying undecided voters.
Campaigns employ personal contact, earned media, and macro-
and micro-targeting to communicate with voters.
•	 Earned media is essentially free publicity, both positive and
negative. Candidates attract earned media by making statements
about breaking events, saying outrageous things, volunteering, or
attending public events.
•	 Macro-targeting includes paid media, like television advertising or
mailers.
•	 Micro-targeting uses personal data (and campaigns have more data
about you than you realize) to target individual voters with tailored
advertising and outreach.
•	 Campaigns target specific demographics to energize or demobilize
certain voters.
•	 Traditional campaigns (relying on micro-targeting and
macro-targeting) differ from non-traditional campaigns (relying on
earned media and other low-cost strategies).
1.	 Political Knowledge
Possessing a strong understanding of the Constitution, public policy, the
capacity and limitations of government, and the concerns of citizens will
lead to more effective policy and decision-making.
2.	 Patriotism
A passion and drive to do what is best for the country, and optimism about
what can be done.
3.	 Vision
It is important to have a clear plan and vision for where the U.S. is going.
Vision, in this case, is synonymous with the ability to anticipate and guide
the future of the country.
4.	 Honesty and Integrity
Acting with honesty and integrity engenders trust from the public.
5.	 Consistency
It is critical for the President to act with consistency, without wavering in
the face of negative or positive reactions. The President must stick with
their promises to the country and stated goals, and have a background that
corresponds with these goals.
QUALITIES OF EFFECTIVE PRESIDENTS
PRESIDENTIAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Presidential roles and responsibilities are outlined in the Constitution, yet
most people are unclear about those roles and responsibilities.
The President must understand the role and responsibility of each branch of
government, and act accordingly. The President should rely on their cabinet
and advisors to be informed.
The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written
by Congress and needs to work with Congress for the good of the country.
Citizens expect the President to represent the American people, work for the
public’s interests, and provide leadership. This includes engaging all citizens
and all legislators, serving as a role model and a source of inspiration for the
country, and representing the country both domestically and internationally.
RANKED IDEAS FOR OHIO MEDIA
1.	 Hold candidates accountable to their campaign promises once
elected.
•	 Compare promises with real-world outcomes.
•	 Discuss the impact of candidates’ policies on Ohio after elected.
2.	 Compare the concerns of the public (identified through
public polling) to the promises of candidates in their campaign
communications.
3.	 Present campaign ideas and positions, and ask candidates to
outline a plan for implementation once elected (including plan for
working with Congress).
4.	 Analyze the impact and results of existing policies candidates have
already implemented or advocated for in their career or political
experience.
5.	 Present the track records and accomplishments of candidates in a
comparative format (such as a table or chart).
6.	 Create customized election coverage hubs tailored to areas of
interest (veterans, Millenials, older adults, other communities of
interest) presented in an ongoing format where new stories and
candidate info is updated daily/weekly and targeted towards specific
demographics/communities/issues.
7.	 Outline the potential impact of candidates’ policies on Ohio.
8.	 Combine “sensational” headlines with factual reports and data.
•	 Sensational may sell newspapers, but readers want and need
long-term, in-depth, informative coverage.
9.	 Use in-person and online forums to allow citizens to generate
questions for media to ask of candidates or campaign staff
throughout campaign.
10.	 Assess the personal qualities and characteristics of the 		
candidates.
9
WHAT WE CAN DO AS OHIOANS
•	 Take part in organized conversations.
In our community and country, we have to talk about the issues
we care about.
•	 Don’t share hyper-sensational articles on social media.
Be selective about what you read, avoiding “clickbait” stories that
don’t provide high-quality information.
•	 Acknowledge positive stories.
There are positive stories and ideas happening in our
community. We have to focus on solutions to our problems, not
just the problems.
•	 Listen, be open-minded, and surround yourself with
open-minded people.
Concentrate first on points of agreement with people and
consider their attitudes and experiences. When you do this,
you can learn new things, explore new ideas, and react less
negatively to different opinions.
•	 Confront personal self-interest and selfishness while still
confronting social injustice.
Volunteer, donate, act charitably, and step up to help others.
•	 Listen to understand, don’t listen to respond.
•	 Organize to make change.
We have power when we work together, and can make change
happen.
DEMOGRAPHIC
SUMMIT
COUNTY
PERCENTAGE
CITY OF
AKRON
IDEAL # OF
PARTICIPANTS
ACTUAL #
OF PARTICIPANTS
GENDER
Female 52% 52% 9 9
Male 48% 48% 9 9
RACE/ETHNICITY
Caucasian/White 80% 62% 12 11
Persons of Color/Multiracial 20% 38% 6 7
PARTY AFFILIATION
Democrat 50% n/a 9 7
No Party, Other 10% n/a 2 6
Republican 40% n/a 7 5
AGE
18-39 40% 27% 5 4
40-64 40% 42% 8 9
65 & over 20% 31% 5 5
LOCATION
Akron n/a 54% 10 9
Greater Akron 46% n/a 8 9
INCOME
Less than $15,000 14% 15% 3 4
$15,000-24,999 11% 13% 2 3
$25,000-$34,999 11% 13% 2 1
$35,000-$49,999 14% 17% 3 2
$50,000-$74,999 19% 21% 3 2
$75,000-$99,999 12% 10% 2 2
$100,000+ 19% 11% 3 3
Prefer not to answer n/a n/a n/a 1
EDUCATION
Less than High School 14% n/a 3 1
High School or GED 34% n/a 6 3
Some College 22% n/a 4 5
Associate’s/Bachelor’s 22% n/a 4 8
Graduate degree 8% n/a 1 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS 100% 100% 18 18
PARTICIPANT DEMOGRAPHICS
11
PARTICIPANT QUOTES
“I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this group. The conversations
and discussions were honest, heart-felt and sometimes eye-opening.
Although the group was very diverse, we all found common ground in
our concerns, ideas and recommendations. I was very proud of our final
product. Participation by attendees was excellent and it was great to learn
different perspectives on common issues. Well worth the time. ”
“I was hesitant to
partake in this event
due to my discomfort
voicing my
opinions, but I have
been delightfully
surprised. I enjoyed
coming together
as a community
regardless of
race, age, sex, and
working together
to help the media,
which will in turn
help us with the
election decision I
have ahead of me. I
look forward to what
the ABJ has in store
for us!”
“I really enjoyed sitting on this panel as I
have learned so much. I used to feel like
I was on the outside looking in, and
after this experience I feel like I’m on
the inside. I know more about the media,
politics and how they both work, and
learned a lot from my wonderful group
members. Thank you for these three days.”
12
“I am honored to be a part of this group.
We learned a lot here together and even
with diverse lifestyles and professions,
we still have views in common. Engaging
with speakers from the ABJ, University of
Akron, and other sources opened my eyes
to a lot of things I was unaware of. I hope
this opportunity comes again, not only for
myself but for others in our community.”
Your Vote Ohio is a collaboration of various Ohio media institutions
(newspapers, TV, and radio) who know that elections are important,
and that Ohio voters care about media coverage that moves beyond
the horse race. Thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation, we
have the opportunity to create new election coverage in collaboration
with Ohio residents.
The Jefferson Center is a nonpartisan nonprofit that engages
Americans directly to solve shared challenges and craft better policy.
Our mission is to strengthen democracy by advancing informed,
citizen-developed solutions to challenging public issues. While the
primary tool we employ for education and deliberation is the Citizens
Jury, we are continuously designing, testing, and exploring new
methods of high quality, inclusive engagement.
AROCKWAY@JEFFERSON-CENTER.ORG
JEFFERSON-CENTER.ORG
@JEFFERSONCTR
13
HELLO@YOURVOTEOHIO.ORG
YOURVOTEOHIO.ORG
@YOURVOTEOH

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Informed Citizen Akron #2: Improving Candidate-Focused Media Coverage in the 2016 Presidential Election

  • 2. Improving Candidate-Focused Media Coverage in the 2016 Presidential Election Beginning Thursday, August 11th, and extending through Saturday, August 13th, a demographically-balanced panel of eighteen Akron-area residents met at the University of Akron Student Center to participate in a Citizens Jury for Informed Citizen Akron. Participants were randomly selected and stratified to represent the population of Summit County, and were paid $400 plus travel and childcare expenses for the entirety of their time commitment. Citizen Jurors gathered to learn from political experts, to deliberate and discuss information about presidential candiates and the presidency itself, and generate recommendations for Ohio media. The participants were charged with evaluating the ways in which local and Ohio-based media partners can shift their coverage to help voters better evaluate candidates and make more informed electoral decisions during the 2016 election. INFORMED CITIZEN AKRON PROCESS
  • 3. DAY 1 Panelists meet one another and discuss goals and expectations for the 3 days Panelists review the first Informed Citizen Akron jury’s final report Panelists engage in a simulation exercise as an introduction to the process of assessing information and working together to achieve shared results Presentation on political journalism and today’s challenges in newsrooms by Doug Livingston (Akron Beacon Journal) Presentation on political polling by Dr. John Green (Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics) DAY 2 Panelists evaluate the roles and responsibilities of the President Presentation by Dr. Stephen Brooks (Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics) on traditional campaigning Presentation by C. Daniel Myers (University of Minnesota) on the psychology of political decision-making and information processing Panelists identify their most valued qualities and traits of presidential candidates Panelists assess past Akron Beacon Journal political coverage for clarity and informativeness DAY 3 Jurors draft statements about campaigns, voter decision-making, and presidential roles and responsibilities Jurors generate strategies for the media to use to convey necessary information Final comments, wrap up and evaluations 3 SCHEDULE
  • 4. Media outlets and newspapers such as the Akron Beacon Journal are facing difficulties with changing technology and shifts in how people get their news and information, especially with more people getting news and information from 24-hour TV news and the internet. They are faced with a lack of financial resources as revenues and subscriptions decline and are without clear options for getting money through their website. This has led to a large decline in the number of reporters and staff available to cover local issues, and less involvement and engagement with the community. It has also led to changes in how national stories are covered by re-publishing stories that are published elsewhere. We feel it is important for the Beacon Journal and other local media to find their niche and reconnect with local readers so that people can see the paper as a community benefit and provide information we can’t find anywhere else. This is a challenge, however, since there are so many news sources online and nationally and because reporters have to make decisions about balancing the following tensions when deciding what to cover and what their readers truly want to read: • Depth vs. Breadth • Local vs. State vs. National • Breaking News vs. Daily Stories vs. Ongoing, Long-term Coverage • Sensational headlines vs. Analysis • Policies, Positions, and Issues vs. Personal Characteristics and Background LOCAL NEWS IS CHANGING 4 The following statements were created by the Informed Citizen Akron panelists to highlight information valuable to voters, media partners, and all Ohioans in considering the 2016 Presidential Election and coverage of future elections.
  • 5. HOW VOTERS DECIDE People typically choose their political affiliation based on three factors: parental influence, peer influence and/or a defining issue. Most people identify with one political party, whether or not they realize it; true independents are rare. If third party candidates are able to overcome the significant existing legal barriers to appear on the ballot, they still face challenges in generating popular support due to how deeply-rooted the two-party system is in American society. Citizens are given an overload of information, both positive and negative towards their political affiliation. In the case of negative information, voters discount and rationalize negative information about their candidate, while focusing on negative information about their opposition. Both reporters and readers need to be aware of their own biases in order to process information effectively. 5
  • 6. 6 HOW POLLING WORKS Polling is a way to collect information about citizen opinions on issues, candidates, and other topics. Polling has changed drastically from face-to-face polling to polling by phone, and polling from other sources like cell phones and computer surveys. A good poll has certain characteristics and is done in a specific way to get the best and most scientific results. • Respondents must be selected randomly. • Polling shouldn’t be designed to support certain positions or be skewed to align with survey taker’s positions. • Survey takers should be neutral and unbiased in constructing and conducting the poll. • Data and questions asked in survey should be available to the public. Organizations conducting polls face some challenges in ensuring accuracy. • Women may be more likely to answer the phone, introducing potential bias. • Only certain people have computer access or land lines. • Cell phones present special problems for contacting the respondents. • Polls can take up a lot of time and be difficult for people to participate in because of their length or format. Advantages of current polling include the availability and use of open-ended responses and recording verbatim responses, which can generate more information and provide more detail about diverse opinions among subgroups. It is important as a citizen to be involved in the polling process if given the opportunity because that makes the results more accurate and representative.
  • 7. 7 HOW CAMPAIGNS OPERATE There are three types of voters from the perspective of a campaign: supporters, undecideds, and opponents. These voters are typically split 45%/10%/45%. Although 80% self-identify as independent, only about 10% of voters are true independents, with most leaning toward one major party or the other. Candidates may pursue undecided voters depending on their position in the polls, with leading candidates usually focused on turning out supporters to vote, while trailing candidates may focus on swaying undecided voters. Campaigns employ personal contact, earned media, and macro- and micro-targeting to communicate with voters. • Earned media is essentially free publicity, both positive and negative. Candidates attract earned media by making statements about breaking events, saying outrageous things, volunteering, or attending public events. • Macro-targeting includes paid media, like television advertising or mailers. • Micro-targeting uses personal data (and campaigns have more data about you than you realize) to target individual voters with tailored advertising and outreach. • Campaigns target specific demographics to energize or demobilize certain voters. • Traditional campaigns (relying on micro-targeting and macro-targeting) differ from non-traditional campaigns (relying on earned media and other low-cost strategies).
  • 8. 1. Political Knowledge Possessing a strong understanding of the Constitution, public policy, the capacity and limitations of government, and the concerns of citizens will lead to more effective policy and decision-making. 2. Patriotism A passion and drive to do what is best for the country, and optimism about what can be done. 3. Vision It is important to have a clear plan and vision for where the U.S. is going. Vision, in this case, is synonymous with the ability to anticipate and guide the future of the country. 4. Honesty and Integrity Acting with honesty and integrity engenders trust from the public. 5. Consistency It is critical for the President to act with consistency, without wavering in the face of negative or positive reactions. The President must stick with their promises to the country and stated goals, and have a background that corresponds with these goals. QUALITIES OF EFFECTIVE PRESIDENTS PRESIDENTIAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Presidential roles and responsibilities are outlined in the Constitution, yet most people are unclear about those roles and responsibilities. The President must understand the role and responsibility of each branch of government, and act accordingly. The President should rely on their cabinet and advisors to be informed. The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and needs to work with Congress for the good of the country. Citizens expect the President to represent the American people, work for the public’s interests, and provide leadership. This includes engaging all citizens and all legislators, serving as a role model and a source of inspiration for the country, and representing the country both domestically and internationally.
  • 9. RANKED IDEAS FOR OHIO MEDIA 1. Hold candidates accountable to their campaign promises once elected. • Compare promises with real-world outcomes. • Discuss the impact of candidates’ policies on Ohio after elected. 2. Compare the concerns of the public (identified through public polling) to the promises of candidates in their campaign communications. 3. Present campaign ideas and positions, and ask candidates to outline a plan for implementation once elected (including plan for working with Congress). 4. Analyze the impact and results of existing policies candidates have already implemented or advocated for in their career or political experience. 5. Present the track records and accomplishments of candidates in a comparative format (such as a table or chart). 6. Create customized election coverage hubs tailored to areas of interest (veterans, Millenials, older adults, other communities of interest) presented in an ongoing format where new stories and candidate info is updated daily/weekly and targeted towards specific demographics/communities/issues. 7. Outline the potential impact of candidates’ policies on Ohio. 8. Combine “sensational” headlines with factual reports and data. • Sensational may sell newspapers, but readers want and need long-term, in-depth, informative coverage. 9. Use in-person and online forums to allow citizens to generate questions for media to ask of candidates or campaign staff throughout campaign. 10. Assess the personal qualities and characteristics of the candidates. 9
  • 10. WHAT WE CAN DO AS OHIOANS • Take part in organized conversations. In our community and country, we have to talk about the issues we care about. • Don’t share hyper-sensational articles on social media. Be selective about what you read, avoiding “clickbait” stories that don’t provide high-quality information. • Acknowledge positive stories. There are positive stories and ideas happening in our community. We have to focus on solutions to our problems, not just the problems. • Listen, be open-minded, and surround yourself with open-minded people. Concentrate first on points of agreement with people and consider their attitudes and experiences. When you do this, you can learn new things, explore new ideas, and react less negatively to different opinions. • Confront personal self-interest and selfishness while still confronting social injustice. Volunteer, donate, act charitably, and step up to help others. • Listen to understand, don’t listen to respond. • Organize to make change. We have power when we work together, and can make change happen.
  • 11. DEMOGRAPHIC SUMMIT COUNTY PERCENTAGE CITY OF AKRON IDEAL # OF PARTICIPANTS ACTUAL # OF PARTICIPANTS GENDER Female 52% 52% 9 9 Male 48% 48% 9 9 RACE/ETHNICITY Caucasian/White 80% 62% 12 11 Persons of Color/Multiracial 20% 38% 6 7 PARTY AFFILIATION Democrat 50% n/a 9 7 No Party, Other 10% n/a 2 6 Republican 40% n/a 7 5 AGE 18-39 40% 27% 5 4 40-64 40% 42% 8 9 65 & over 20% 31% 5 5 LOCATION Akron n/a 54% 10 9 Greater Akron 46% n/a 8 9 INCOME Less than $15,000 14% 15% 3 4 $15,000-24,999 11% 13% 2 3 $25,000-$34,999 11% 13% 2 1 $35,000-$49,999 14% 17% 3 2 $50,000-$74,999 19% 21% 3 2 $75,000-$99,999 12% 10% 2 2 $100,000+ 19% 11% 3 3 Prefer not to answer n/a n/a n/a 1 EDUCATION Less than High School 14% n/a 3 1 High School or GED 34% n/a 6 3 Some College 22% n/a 4 5 Associate’s/Bachelor’s 22% n/a 4 8 Graduate degree 8% n/a 1 1 TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS 100% 100% 18 18 PARTICIPANT DEMOGRAPHICS 11
  • 12. PARTICIPANT QUOTES “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this group. The conversations and discussions were honest, heart-felt and sometimes eye-opening. Although the group was very diverse, we all found common ground in our concerns, ideas and recommendations. I was very proud of our final product. Participation by attendees was excellent and it was great to learn different perspectives on common issues. Well worth the time. ” “I was hesitant to partake in this event due to my discomfort voicing my opinions, but I have been delightfully surprised. I enjoyed coming together as a community regardless of race, age, sex, and working together to help the media, which will in turn help us with the election decision I have ahead of me. I look forward to what the ABJ has in store for us!” “I really enjoyed sitting on this panel as I have learned so much. I used to feel like I was on the outside looking in, and after this experience I feel like I’m on the inside. I know more about the media, politics and how they both work, and learned a lot from my wonderful group members. Thank you for these three days.” 12 “I am honored to be a part of this group. We learned a lot here together and even with diverse lifestyles and professions, we still have views in common. Engaging with speakers from the ABJ, University of Akron, and other sources opened my eyes to a lot of things I was unaware of. I hope this opportunity comes again, not only for myself but for others in our community.”
  • 13. Your Vote Ohio is a collaboration of various Ohio media institutions (newspapers, TV, and radio) who know that elections are important, and that Ohio voters care about media coverage that moves beyond the horse race. Thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation, we have the opportunity to create new election coverage in collaboration with Ohio residents. The Jefferson Center is a nonpartisan nonprofit that engages Americans directly to solve shared challenges and craft better policy. Our mission is to strengthen democracy by advancing informed, citizen-developed solutions to challenging public issues. While the primary tool we employ for education and deliberation is the Citizens Jury, we are continuously designing, testing, and exploring new methods of high quality, inclusive engagement. AROCKWAY@JEFFERSON-CENTER.ORG JEFFERSON-CENTER.ORG @JEFFERSONCTR 13 HELLO@YOURVOTEOHIO.ORG YOURVOTEOHIO.ORG @YOURVOTEOH