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|League of Women Voters and KQED Public Broadcasting Collaborate on Voter Guide|
Partnership Provides Important Tool as Californians Flock to the Polls
FORUM, THE CALIFORNIA REPORT and THIS WEEK IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Pool Journalism Resources for Upcoming Elections
San Francisco, California, February 28, 2002 -- The League of Women Voters of California and KQED Public Broadcasting have joined forces to provide extensive nonpartisan information to voters in time for the upcoming March 5 -- and future -- elections. Visitors to the League's site, SmartVoter.org, will have access to the many resources of KQED's local and statewide programming and resources through links to KQED.org.
KQED offers extensive multimedia coverage of local and statewide political contests through radio, television and the Internet. Voters and visitors of SmartVoter.org and KQED.org will have a wealth of information and programming archived through KQED. Also included are a variety of interviews, including ones with lesser-known candidates or races.
KQED programs that can be accessed via the Web are:
Forum with Michael Krasny (weekday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. on 88.5 FM);
The California Report with host Scott Shafer (weekday mornings at 6:50 and 8:50 a.m. and Friday magazine program at 4:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m. on 88.5 FM and on more than 30 public radio stations across the state); and
This Week in Northern California featuring veteran Belva Davis (Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on Public Television 9)
"It's very important to provide our audience with comprehensive nonpartisan election information," noted Richard Dean, director of New Media for KQED Public Broadcasting. "Joining with the League of Women Voters of California extends our reach and Web presence, offering our audience alternative avenues of information as they prepare for the elections."
The statewide offices and measures covered thus far on KQED's programming -- such as Forum -- include primary candidates for governor, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, state superintendent of public instruction, as well as discussions on Proposition 42 and 45. Also featured on Forum have been interviews with Bay Area candidates for State Legislature and U.S. Congress.
"We are excited to partner with KQED to provide yet another valuable service to voters," said Smart Voter project director Trudell Een. "Programs like Forum and The California Report have long been a well-known and objective source of pre-election coverage, and this Web collaboration will let voters take that next step to actually hear the issues and what candidates have to say long after the live broadcast is over."
SmartVoter.org provides voters from throughout the state with customized ballot measure and candidate information for their home districts and counties. The site aims to explain complex ballet issues, in a nonpartisan and easily accessible format. For additional information, Smart Voter links voters to related newspaper articles and other relevant election sites.
KQED operates KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 30, Northern California's only public television digital signal; KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation; the KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources; and KQED.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web.
Smart Voter is a program of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. The League's mission is to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government and to work to increase understanding of major public policy issues.