In an election year when voting has never been more important — or more complex — E.W. Scripps has rolled out voter resource pages across its 42 markets aggregating local deadlines, rules and instructions, along with drawing from a well of Scripps and Newsy election coverage. Above, a Scripps voter resource page from Cincinnati, similar to ones found in each of the group’s 42 markets.
The set, at the ViacomCBS headquarters on Broadway, highlights modern wizardry like “augmented reality” 3D images and multiple data screens while offering enough roominess to protect staff members from being infected with COVID-19, the network said on Thursday. Norah O’Donnell will anchor her first presidential election night, joined on the set by Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O’Keefe.
Newsrooms are preparing for an unprecedented November, with Americans voting in a pandemic, legal fights brewing and a conspiracy-addled president sowing distrust. As one veteran of the Bush–Gore battle says, “2000 will look awfully quaint.”
News leaders from Hearst, the Associated Press and E.W. Scripps will share strategies for covering the contentious 2020 election season during the opening panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum next month.