Website to help voters sift through misinformation this election season

Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, WGVU and Padnos/Sarosik Center for Discourse are partnering on the project.

A partnership between the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, WGVU and the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Discourse has developed a website designed to combat misinformation during this election season.

The new website — The People’s Guide —  was unveiled June 27 prior to the first of a series of scheduled debates between President Joe Biden and former president and presumed 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The site contains interviews, videos and links to content aimed at helping the electorate make informative decisions on topics and candidates, said Megan Rydecki, director of the Hauenstein Center.

Megan Rydecki, director of the Hauenstein Center
Megan Rydecki, director of the Hauenstein Center
Image credit - Amanda Pitts

“What we're really hoping with the website is to provide a resource so that voters here in Michigan and beyond can feel good about their participation, about their engagement and about living their lives from now until Election Day,” Rydecki said. 

“We know that the landscape is much trickier than it's ever been, especially with the rise of misinformation. We have already found some great resources analyzing articles and information, trying to figure out whether or not it's true.”

Rydecki said that the site’s topics will include how and where to gather helpful information, how to engage in civil discourse and tips for assessing political debates.

Rydecki said the site’s content will include interviews with GVSU experts for their insights and strategies on identifying misinformation, as well as experts from around the country, including Barbara McQuade, professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School and author of “Attack from Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America.”  

“We're hoping to be very responsive to individuals who engage because this is really about voters in our communities, how we can best serve them and make sure we get them the information and resources that they need,” she said. “What we're trying to do is package it nicely and in a captivating way, so people have a one-stop shop to find it and engage.”

Phil Lane, WGVU’s director of content, said voters can expect the website to be updated continuously with new content to help them find trusted sources on issues and candidates. 

“WGVU is excited about providing vetted resources to help the community navigate the election season with confidence,” Lane said. “We hope that guide will be a trusted resource as people educate themselves on how to vote.”


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