WaPo, Univision to Jointly Host 2016 GOP Candidate Forum

Taking place during the pivotal 2016 primaries in March.

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 10.20.29 AMThe Washington Post and Univision News have announced they will be co-sponsoring a forum for Republican presidential candidates in March, according to a press release from WashPostPR.

Collaboration on the forum, taking place during the pivotal 2016 primaries, will include “groundbreaking polling” and “joint reporting projects.” Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the announcement, however, is the “unprecedented coverage” that will be devoted to Hispanic voters and the major issues of this key demographic.

“Hispanics are the fastest-growing electorate in America today and will be crucial in deciding the next U.S. president,” said Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida in the announcement. “We are thrilled to partner with Univision. Our goal is to produce together the most authoritative, innovative coverage of Hispanic voters ever seen during a presidential campaign cycle. We will delve into their lives, how they relate to the candidates and how the candidates relate to them.”

The Post-Univision forum will follow the primaries in the initial four state contests (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) with major battleground states looming on the March calendar (Texas, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Michigan). The exact date, location and candidate invites will be determined by the “state of the race,” according to the announcement.

“This important alliance with The Washington Post brings together two media giants with tremendous audience reach, leveraging Univision News’ undisputed leadership among the Spanish-speaking population and The Post’s unmatched political reporting and expertise,” said Isaac Lee, president of News and Digital, UCI, and CEO of Fusion. “The collaboration will allow us to enhance and expand our coverage of the 2016 presidential elections and provide both our audiences with the most comprehensive and reliable profile of the U.S. Hispanic electorate available to date.”

As part of the collaboration, some Spanish-speaking reporters and editors from The Post will appear on Univision, such as political blogger Jose DelReal, campaign reporter Ed O’Keefe and PowerPost editor Rachel Van Dongen.