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From November 2-10, the FPC brought 22 journalists representing different countries and global regions to the U.S. for an international reporting tour (IRT) to cover the midterm elections in Arizona and North Carolina, and explain how our democracy and political systems function. The journalists interviewed voters, attended get-out-the-vote efforts, visited polling locations, attended candidate rallies, and learned about issues of importance to voters. In Phoenix, AZ the group heard from the Arizona League of Women Voters and toured the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. For Election Day, the IRT participants visited two polling stations in Raleigh and Durham, NC with a final stop at the UNC at Chapel Hill for a debrief. They also traveled to Morrisville, NC to meet with non-profit organizations Democracy North Carolina and Southern Coalition for Social Justice, who work on increasing voting access and limiting the influence of big money. Election day concluded at the Wake GOP’s official Election Night watch party and a watch party for a Democrat Wiley Nickel, where journalists had an opportunity to take pictures, film B-roll, conduct interviews, and watch election results come in. On the final tour day journalists met with the Dean and Associate Professors at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, followed by a meeting with a group of student activists from the Polis Student Committee.’

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