RAND x Poynter

Custom policy education for journalists

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As part of its NextGen Initiative, RAND is proud to partner with the nonprofit Poynter Institute, a global leader dedicated to journalistic excellence, to develop innovative educational opportunities for journalists. Through unique programming, RAND experts will break down the process of research and analysis and discuss how global and domestic policy issues affect the audiences that journalists serve.

Policy Matters: A Poynter-RAND Masterclass

On July 22, 2022, more than two dozen journalists, mainly reporters who are fact-checkers, participated in our inaugural masterclass in Washington, D.C. This day-long session featured RAND researchers discussing the research process, data analytics methods, and topics such as gun policy, Russian disinformation, and U.S. competition with China. The event was a great opportunity for fact-checkers to gain deeper insights into important public policy issues and to learn more about RAND as a resource for their work.

RAND's Rajeev Ramchand speaks at "Policy Matters," a masterclass for journalists held by RAND and the Poynter Institute, photo by Jillian Banner/PolitiFact

Photo by Jillian Banner/PolitiFact

Policy Education for Emerging Journalists

RAND experts will be featured in the curriculum for the 2022–23 Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, which blends educational opportunities with work experience to help emerging journalists accelerate their careers. RAND experts will discuss a wide range of policy-focused topics—from the details of policymaking, to the importance of civic engagement and literacy, to understanding health inequities.

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