On September 15, 2022, the world celebrated Democracy Day. Different organizations held events to celebrate this day and bring awareness to the importance of democracy. One such event was held by Collaborative Journalism

For their event, they called upon newsrooms across the U.S. to become media partners in the collaborative. Participants would get a commitment from their organization and sign up as media partners. 

Once they became media partners, they would agree to have their name and logo on the media partner page, produce one story or piece of content on Democracy Day, and share links with the team. 

Participants were given three levels of content menu they could work on for their piece. The levels were: lower effort, medium effort, and higher effort. The higher the level for their piece, the more it was expected of the story with deeper complexities. 

I believe this type of event relates closely to help stop the spread of misinformation. Suppose newsrooms around the U.S. come together to write articles on topics such as ways to support democracy in the community, stories that warn readers about election day expectations, and transparency stories about democracy. As well as stories on how to vote, changes in laws, and polling locations, among others, help spread correct information. 

Election time tends to be especially high on misinformation because the public constantly shares information based on their opinions and tries to pass it as real or accurate. However, having access to a well-researched source on how things work during election time and how to protect our democracy can help reduce the spread of misinformation. 

With the release of these stories published on September 15, the public would have access to real researched information. It can easily debunk myths when those come upon our social media pages.