Researcher offers three tips on covering redistricting
By Denise-Marie Ordway, The Journalist’s Resource, Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center
Researcher James G. Gimpel encourages journalists to monitor local redistricting discussions and any legal disputes that arise over the coming months.
He offers these three tips to help bolster news coverage:
1. Don’t assume a lack of lawsuits means voting district maps in your area are well drawn. Ask whether voters have raised concerns and why they have not pursued legal action.
“Why is litigation only in some states and in some other states, we hardly ever see it?” Gimpel asks. “It’s not because some places have better maps. These problems with the maps are pretty common — you can find something wrong with any map that you look at.”