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WUSF Public Media is focused on empowering your participation in democracy this election season. We’ve created places where you can ask questions about the election process, the issues and candidates. That feedback will inform the reporting you see here. We’re listening.

How WUSF plans to cover the 2022 elections

Our mission: To hear your concerns, answer your questions, and empower you with information before you cast your vote.

This election season, WUSF Public Media is doing things a little differently than other news media.

It's guided by three words. Listen. Think. Vote.

We're not going to parrot candidates and their talking points when they campaign in the greater Tampa Bay region. And we won't regurgitate press releases, tweets or break down the nuances of voter polls.

Instead, we're focusing on the issues.

How will we decide what issues we will cover? We will listen to you.

We've created a simple form where you can share the issues most affecting you this political season. Is it inflation or abortion restrictions? Maybe climate change or gun rights are your biggest concern.

And what questions do you want candidates for office to answer?

Our reporters will use your feedback, along with conversations at in-person events, to help us decide what stories to produce. We want to make sure you get the information and context you deserve.

In other words, we want to provide you what you want to know as you think about the candidates and issues on the ballot.

How do we decide what stories to produce? We have a team of reporters and editors who meet regularly to discuss your feedback, as well as timely and important stories that may emerge during the next few months. We cover 13 west Central Florida counties, so we want you to know we can't cover every single race. Instead, we will target issues and races that have the biggest impact on local residents and the way of life in our region.

We will be producing stories that provide you the basics in one place, like this voter guide. In addition, expect to see journalism to help you navigate the changes in election laws, and what you can expect on your ballot. We also have a place where you can ask — and get answers on the mechanics of voting.

That's our mission — to empower you with information before you cast your vote.

Voting is a hallmark of our American democracy. We hope we help you exercise that right.

Our journalists are independent, curious, respectful, and accountable to you. We’re committed to keeping you at the center of this conversation on democracy, staying in touch through surveys, social media, and in-person events. We won’t be chasing politicians, but instead we’ll tell stories based on the questions you want answered.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
I’m the lucky one who guides the WUSF News team as it shares news from across Florida and the 13 amazing counties that we call the greater Tampa Bay region.
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