Covering & Protecting Your Elections


    Covering and Protecting Your Elections
    October 11

    Tools to detect misinformation, protect yourself and your data online, and connect with voters

    The Details

    October 11, 1-5 p.m.

    Room 544
    Beus Center for Law and Society
    Arizona State University
    111 E Taylor St.


    Parking Info
    Coming soon

    Note: The training will be hands-on, so bringing a fully-charged laptop is recommended, but not required.

    Follow this link to reserve your seat.

    Contact Monica Williams via email or by phone at 317-920-4786.

    Can’t make this event?
    We’re making a lot of stops around the country. See where else we’re headed here.


    1 p.m.
    Introduction, Agenda & Overview

    1:20 p.m.
    Data Journalism

    2:45 p.m.
    Safety & Security

    3:30 p.m.
    Verification & Fact Checking

    4:35 p.m.
    Ethics & Elections

    5 p.m.
    Online Resources & Wrap-up

    Meet the Trainers

    Mike Reilley

    Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox) is a visiting professor in data journalism and digital journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago and consults with national media organizations on digital innovation. A former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Mike has been a faculty member at Northwestern University, Arizona State University and DePaul University, training thousands of young journalists on web development.

    Dan Petty

    Dan Petty (@danielpetty) is director of audience development for Digital First Media, the corporate parent of newspapers including The Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News and Orange County Register. He develops and implements strategies to help grow the company’s digital audience across web, mobile, social and other third-party platforms. He previously worked for The Denver Post as a senior editor, digital director of sports and social media editor and has an extensive background in multimedia journalism.

    Robert Leger

    Robert Leger was president of SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Foundation from 2012 to 2018, and a member of the board since 2000. He was president of SPJ in 2002-03 and received the Wells Memorial Key, the Society’s highest honor, in 2012.

    He was a newspaper guy for 37 years, the final 22 years writing and editing for the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic and Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. He now writes, edits and provides messaging advice through Leger Strategies, LLC.

    Among his other journalism-related activities: He is a former president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and was a founding member of’s steering committee. He pioneered an exchange relationship between SPJ and the Journalists Association of Korea.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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