Between social media, holding those in power accountable, and pressures in the newsroom, election reporting is clearly one of the most difficult situations in journalism to navigate. The Thomson Foundation asked various media professionals what they think are the main challenges facing journalists who take on covering an election, and their responses are quite illuminating:
For more information on the subject, The Ethical Journalism Network provides a short list of ethical principles to follow when covering an election.
The Thomson Foundation and the Press Council of Indonesia will organise an extensive election coverage training programme in advance of the presidential elections in Indonesia on 9 July 2014. More information can be found here.