The 2020 election feels unprecedented in the United States. Nearly three out of four Americans are worried there will be widespread violence in response to the results, according to More in Common. Protests, racial discord and the pandemic have aggravated anxiety and suspicion in a nation already under strain
But journalists have covered elections similar to this, all over the world, for many years. They’ve agonized over their mistakes and learned from their best coverage. They’ve created playbooks for covering contested elections in frayed societies.