The June 10 New York Times article "How Journalists Wrestle with Covering Threats to Democracy" cites the work of a panel of scholars including Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. The group worked with Protect Democracy to create the handbook, The Authoritarian Playbook: a media guide. The 28-page report is intended to serve as toolkit for media professionals to evaluate whether a situation is politics-as-usual or if it is a fundamental threat to democracy. The scholars outlined seven basic tactics that authoritarian leaders and governements use to pursue and maintain power and they propose suggestions on how journalists can provide more robost coverage of democracy and expose efforts to undermine it.
Read The New York Times article here.