Today KPCC/Southern California Public Radio and three other California public media outlets are joining forces in a first-ever statewide collaboration for election coverage in 2016.
Beginning in January, KPCC will coordinate and share coverage of statewide races, ballot propositions and related issues with KQED/San Francisco, KPBS/San Diego and Capital Public Radio/Sacramento. We’re calling this alliance the California Counts Collaborative.
We’re excited about the collaboration, which will expand and improve our coverage across the state and add valuable voter voices, tools and resources along with our news reporting.
Why California Counts?
In presidential election years, California is considered a lock for the Democratic nominee and often shut out of the campaign conversation.
California obviously does count in the national conversation and its electorate reflects concerns and issues that both influence and mirror the larger American story. Our collaboration aims to look at campaign issues from the view of ordinary Californians and to activate citizens as participants and voters.
As KPCC did with our #MakeAlCare series in Los Angeles earlier this year, California Counts also will connect with people who aren't tuned in to traditional politics coverage, exploring what issues matter to Californians and how they participate.
KPCC’s own elections reporting will extend beyond the collaborative to regional and local races and issues, along with coverage of how national campaign issues play out in our region.
Sandra Oshiro, our news editor in charge of politics and government coverage, and Southern California politics reporter Mary Plummer will lead KPCC in the California Counts effort.
If you want more detail, here’s the full press release. Follow KPCC or the other stations on Twitter or Facebook to watch for opportunities to participate in California Counts coverage, and email Melanie Sill, VP for Content, or Sandra Oshiro, politics editor, if you have suggestions or questions.