Best Online Resources for Following the GOP, Democratic Conventions

    by Jenny Xie
    August 27, 2012
    In anticipation of this year's Democratic and Republican conventions, both parties have opened up to the nation's social media constituency on a variety of platforms. These screenshots show the party conventions' Twitter presence.

    The 2012 election season will gain a lot of momentum with the upcoming party conventions — the Republicans up first in Tampa, Fla., this week and the Democrats the following week in Charlotte, N.C. As with any major event happening in the past year, a lot of attention is given to how the online population will factor in.

    The party conventions are no different. All the networks, including PBS and C-SPAN, will be streaming the conventions online, and TV coverage will again connect viewers with what’s happening on Twitter. Also, as they bring out a platter of social media accounts, both parties are looking forward to engaging the masses in political discourse.

    There is lot to anticipate as these party conventions unfold, and the following resources will help you follow along on the web and mobile.



    2012 Democratic National Convention official website

    2012 Republican National Convention official website

    Charlotte in 2012

    Tampa 2012

    Charlotte Observer DNC page

    Tampa Bay Times RNC page

    Tampa Bay Tribune RNC page

    Washington Post 2012 campaigns page

    NY Times DNC coverage

    NY Times RNC coverage

    Huffington Post Democratic Convention

    Huffington Post Republican Convention

    CNN’s 2012 Election Center

    Politico’s 2012 Presidential Conventions Guide

    FoxNews 2012 Elections

    Reuters 2012 Election l RNC/DNC Conventions Liveblog

    National Review Online – The Campaign Spot

    C-SPAN Convention Hub: RNC l DNC

    NY DailyNews Live Coverage of RNC Convention

    ABC News: RNC Convention Live Stream l Live Blog


    Democratic Senators

    House Democrats

    RNC 2012

    RNC 2012 Speakers

    Senate Republicans

    House GOP

    DNC 2012

    NBC News: RNC 2012

    NBC News: DNC 2012


    Democratic Convention

    Republican Convention

    Charlotte in 2012

    Tampa 2012

    Charlotte Observer DNC coverage

    Tampa Bay Times RNC coverage

    2012 RNC Events


    The Democrats

    Debbie Wasserman, DNC Chair

    Joanne Peters, DNC Press Secretary

    Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman

    Sharon Day, RNC Co-chairman

    CNN Politics

    Karen McAllister, Tampa Bay Online editor

    WMNF News in Tampa

    NewsChannel 36 in Charlotte


    Democratic National Convention official FB page

    Charlotte in 2012

    Republican National Convention official FB page

    2012 Tampa

    CNN Politics

    Facebook and CNN’s ‘I’m Voting’ app


    Pinterest: Dem Convention official

    New14 Carolina: DNC 2012

    2012 Elections Infographics

    Quora: Republican National Convention topic page

    Democratic National Convention topic page

    Storify: WUSF Tampa Bay coverage

    NBCNews: The Social Media Story of RNC12

    Sarasota Patch RNC coverage

    Link TV Citizen Reporters Cover the RNC Convention

    GOP Convention

    Tumblr: Tumbling the Conventions

    Google+: Republican National Convention official page


    Flickr: Democratic National Convention

    Republican National Convention

    RNC pool


    Youtube: Democratic National Convention

    Republican National Convention

    Charlotte in 2012

    2012 Tampa

    Youtube Elections hub

    CNN: iReport: DNC 2012

    iReport: RNC 2012


    Democratic National Convention mobile app

    Republican National Convention mobile app

    Charlotte in 2012 mobile app

    Tampa 2012 mobile app for iPhone l Android

    CNN/TIME’s Convention Floor Pass mobile app for iPhone l Android l Web Access


    9 Concrete Specific Things We Actually Know About How Social Media Shape Elections

    Twitter Resources for #DNC 2012

    City of Charlotte: DNC Information for Citizens

    A Few Memorable Convention Moments

    Bradenton Herald RNC 2012 blog

    Charlotte Observer DNC Convention blog

    Parties’ challenge: Make conventions exciting TV

    Everything Changing For Convention Coverage

    Previewing the Party Conventions

    Twitter rewrites the script for political conventions

    If you know a resource that should be on this list but isn’t, please share in the comments, and we’ll add them!

    Jenny Xie is the PBS MediaShift editorial intern. Jenny is a rising senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying architecture and management. She is a digital-media junkie fascinated by the intersection of media, design, and technology. Jenny can be found blogging for MIT Admissions, tweeting @canonind, and sharing her latest work and interests here.

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