Strengthening American Democracy

Conducting a time-limited exploration of ways to strengthen democracy in the U.S., given our perception that the political system has failed to adequately address major issues confronting the nation – from climate change to health care, from our fiscal future to the criminal justice system, from immigration to education. Learn more

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After Long Lines of 2012, States Push to Expand Voting Access

Nearly 200 bills to expand voting access were introduced in 45 states in 2013, with many drawing bipartisan support. Read More
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Datafest Contest Prompts Journalists to Use Technology to Examine Money in Politics

Winning entries from the competition included projects that created the first-ever searchable database of the federal government's daily spending, mapped campaign contributions from Silicon Valley tech firms, and more. Read More
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Maria Hinojosa Invites You to Enter Looking@Democracy Competition

NPR and PBS journalist Maria Hinojosa - a judge in the Looking@Democracy digital media competition -- invites YOU to exercise your creativity and share your vision of how to strengthen democracy in the U.S. Contestants have ...

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"Are You the Psy of American Democracy?"

From The Washington Post
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Digital Media Challenge Offers $100,000 in Prizes For Fresh Ideas on Democracy

Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how ... Read More
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Studying the Impact of New Technology on Democratic Institutions

Opening Government, a MacArthur supported research initiative, seeks to study the impact of technology on democratic institutions in the United States and globally. Read More

"Voting Reform: Good for the GOP, Too"

From the National Journal
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Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Constance M. Yowell

Constance M. Yowell

Director of Education
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
Portrait of Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Officer