Election Coverage and Democracy Network

The Election Coverage and Democracy network (ECAD) is a collection of scholarly experts in politics & media which offered practical, nonpartisan, evidence-based recommendations to journalists covering the 2020 election.

The organizing committee consisted of:

  1. Daniel Kreiss, UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life
  2. Kathleen Searles, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University
  3. Michael W. Wagner, UW-Madison Center for Communication and Civic Renewal
  4. David C. Wilson, University of Delaware, Center for Political Communication


  1. Jessica Maki, MA Student, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
  2. Bridget Barrett, Park Fellow, Hussman School of Journalism and Media
  3. Madhavi Reddi, Graduate Fellow, Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life

Out of this group came 2 sets of recommendations:

  1. To journalists covering the 2020 election
  2. A follow up to the first, providing recommendations to journalists during the pre- and post-inaugural period.