IU launches site to assist reporters and news media covering 2016 elections

  • Feb. 25, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Newsroom has launched Decision 2016, a new website that highlights university resources and faculty expertise for this year’s elections.

Designed for news media but also informative for the general public, the site features a comprehensive guide to IU news sources; tips for identifying and reaching experts; published articles, news releases and blog posts; and other information.

“The 2016 elections have and will continue to generate a great deal of attention on the local, state and national level,” said Ryan Piurek, director of strategic communications for IU Communications in Bloomington. “Indiana University has experts in an extensive array of election-related areas, and we believe this new Web resource will serve as a useful and easily navigable tool in delivering news tips, political analysis and scholarship on the most important issues affecting voters.”

The site provides a front door for reporters and editors to introduce themselves to election-related expertise and scholarship. Its pages provide links to a range of information, including:

  • Expert sources who conduct research on topics such as campaigns and voting, foreign policy, national security, environmental issues, the economy and more.
  • Media resources, including details on arranging on-campus or remote interviews with faculty and links to IU research centers that deal with public policy.
  • IU-generated news releases, media tip sheets and blog posts concerning politics and election-related topics.
  • News and feature stories from print and broadcast media featuring comments by IU experts and op-ed columns written by faculty.

Decision 2016 launches in advance of the March 1 Super Tuesday presidential events, in which a dozen states will hold primary elections or caucuses and about 25 percent of party delegates will be chosen. Along with the national elections, Indiana expects a hotly contested race for governor as well as competitive primary contests for open U.S. Senate and House seats.

In addition to being able to comment on broad election issues, the faculty members highlighted on the Decision 2016 website possess specific expertise in energy policy, urban issues, gun control, religious issues, women in government, global finance, the politics of the Middle East and other areas.

Nearly two dozen faculty members are featured, with more experts to be added as additional issues become salient during this year’s campaigns and elections.

While the site focuses on faculty at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, experts are also available at six regional campuses. Links are provided for news and media contacts at IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU Southeast, IU South Bend and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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