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Knight Center offers "webinar" on electoral coverage in Brazil




With the elections in Brazil coming up in October, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is holding its first "webinar" on July 13.
The live, online seminar, “Electoral Coverage Techniques: How to Understand and Analyze Election Polls,” is free and will last two hours, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Brazil time.

The seminar will be conducted by journalist José Roberto de Toledo, one of the founders of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI) and author of a blog about electoral coverage, available on the website of the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.

Toledo will instruct journalists to read and interpret electoral statistics, identifying trends of the rise or fall of candidates. Topics of discussion will include how the polls are designed; why they work, even with relatively small samples; what the most common problems are in their interpretation; margins of error; and how to analyze tables and graphs. There will also be discussions and interactive activities with participants.

The webinar will have a limited number of spaces, available specifically for Brazilian journalists that work full time for print, electronic or online media, and that have been assigned to cover the elections. Applicants who demonstrate interest in using investigative journalism techniques in electoral coverage will be given priority.

Apply here before July 4 at 7 p.m., Brazil time.



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