Are you a Political Ad Sleuth?

Have you noticed all the political ads on TV lately? Ever wonder who – and who's money – is behind those ads?

Become a political ad sleuth.magnifying_glass

Complete records of political advertising data are maintained at TV stations across the country. Even though the Federal Communications Commission now requires stations to post these files online, most stations don’t have to post until 2014. The best way to get a complete picture of who’s trying to influence the vote is to visit the exempted TV stations in person and collect the files.

Come to a special training hosted by Free Press and the I-News Network to learn everything you need to know to visit your local station and inspect the political files.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Libby Reinish, or Laura Frank,

Here are the details:

Political Ad Sleuth Training
Mon., Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Rocky Mountain PBS Building
1089 Bannock St.
Denver, Colo.

Free Press is a nonpartisan organization building a powerful nationwide movement for media that serve the public interest. Free Press and its partners at the Sunlight Foundation and the New America Foundation are working with journalists and volunteers across the country to collect political advertising data and make it available to everyone online.

The I-News Network is a nonprofit newsroom collaborating with news organizations in Colorado and beyond to cover important issues and produce public-service journalism that makes a difference.

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About Laura Frank

Laura Frank is the executive director of I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network. Laura is a Denver native who spent 20 years at newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in in-depth reporting that requires data analysis and deep public records research. She has trained hundreds of journalists for more than a dozen media organizations, including the nation’s largest newspaper company (Gannett). Her work has been recognized in both broadcast and print, including a regional Emmy for documentary production in 1990 and as a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 at the Rocky Mountain News.

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