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New Elections Initiative Helps Community Media Cover the 2021 NYC Races

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

In November 2021, New Yorkers will go to the polls to elect a new mayor, five borough presidents, 51 city council members, a comptroller, a public advocate, district attorneys for Manhattan and Brooklyn, and more than 100 judges. And, for the first time, voters will be using ranked-choice voting.

The Center for Community Media has launched the 2021 City Elections Initiative to

  • support community media in deepening and expanding their coverage of the elections, and
  • connect their publishers with prospective advertisers in political campaigns, city government agencies, and voter education campaigns.

This initiative is aimed to support civic engagement through strengthening the trusted local news sources of immigrants and communities of color and develop new sources of revenue and sustainability for this media sector.

The multifaceted initiative includes a guide for publishers, a database to identify candidates running in different neighborhoods, an original interactive media map, a fellowship program, and a number of exclusive candidate forums and events.

Read more about the 2021 City Elections Initiative.