Tips For Reporters Covering Election Night

Election night is one of the most important events in a country. Every news show is covering the night, as reporters scatter around and get the facts right. For a reporter, covering the election night is both exciting and intimidating because all eyes and ears will be on you. There's no room for mistakes and you have to be updated as much as possible. Otherwise, you will appear incompetent and no one would want to pay attention to your report. Here is a short guide to help you do your job excellently during the much-awaited election night.


First and foremost, you have to be knowledgeable about what you report. This means that you should know what has been happening since the election campaign and not just the election night itself. Reporting about who's winning and who needs to catch up isn't enough. You also have to interpret the incoming results, what do they mean and how they can affect the candidates. You should help the audience understand where the election is going.

Staying professional and separating your emotions from the job are essential. Whether you are covering a losing or a winning candidate, your voice and face must remain neutral. Do not let yourself be affected by the victory party or the disappointment surrounding you.

Once the election is through and the winner is determined, try to get a scoop. Instead of asking the winning party how they feel about the result, it is better to find out their next plans. This way, you can have the latest news that really matter. This would give you a lead over other reporters who were busy asking the obvious questions.

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