USA TODAY NETWORK and Public Agenda to Explore the ‘Hidden Common Ground’ Among Citizens Leading to the 2020 Election
Multi-platform partnership to include local community forums sponsored by the
Through nationwide polling, detailed reporting and community events, Hidden Common Ground will explore areas of authentic public agreement on major issues facing the American electorate.
The project will launch in December with an exploration of where citizens stand on the need for common ground and its role in our democracy. Subsequent installments will delve into health care, immigration and economic opportunity, all accompanied by original commentary from USA TODAY’s award-winning Opinion team.
“We believe a strong focus on what Americans agree on can make it more possible for Americans to confront and navigate their real divides and disagreements, such as those stemming from tensions of race, class and fundamental questions of political philosophy,” said
Hidden Common Ground will also feature a unique partnership with the
The initiative is part of the USA TODAY Network’s commitment to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2020 election, fueled by its footprint in more than 100 local newsrooms across the country. That coverage includes industry-leading innovation in augmented reality, audio and video storytelling, interactive experiences and in-person events.
“Our goal is to be an oasis of clarity around the issues most important to voters,” said
A third element of the Hidden Common Ground project, “Strange Bedfellows,” will raise awareness of how citizens in local communities are working across perceived divides to solve community issues.
“Our footprint in 109 communities -- from
Public Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and public engagement organization dedicated to strengthening democracy and expanding opportunity for all.
The Hidden Common Ground project is supported by the
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