Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, in addition to links to individual stories.
It’s no secret that politics is the unofficial state sport in New Hampshire. And coming off a raucous presidential primary campaign in early 2016, NHPR’s newsroom was already moving at top speed heading into the year’s state-level elections.
With multiple key offices up for grabs, we set out to cover these local races comprehensively and creatively. We planned with several goals in mind: introduce a crop of relatively unknown candidates to our audience; focus on the issues shaping the races without drowning our listeners in minutia; and bring a sense of surprise, creativity and fun to our daily coverage. We also dug into some of the behind-the-scenes forces shaping state politics, including the role of money on the campaign trail, the impact of gerrymandering on local races, and the ways candidates used technology to influence voters.
And while much of our reporting focused on the hustle and bustle of the campaign trail, we also reported stories that touched only tangentially on the political fight du jour, with a goal of communicating how Granite Staters feel about the present political climate.
Listen to a montage of the NHPR's election coverage:
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