Poynter chat: How to mine TV stations’ political files

Under a new FCC rule, data on campaign ad buys is going online. What's next?

CJR has been writing since late last year about a proposed FCC rule that would require local TV stations to post their public records of political ad sales on the Internet.

So with the new rule announced in late April and set to go into effect soon, we were delighted to team up with the folks at Poynter Friday afternoon on a chat about the opportunities this move creates for journalists—and the considerable reporting challenges that still remain.

Staff writer Greg Marx participated, along with Steve Waldman, who has written frequently for CJR on this subject, and Stuart Watson, an investigative reporter at WCNC-TV in Charlotte.

You can find the chat at the Poynter site, or replay it below.

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