Special Series: Media Disruption at the 2016 Political Conventions

    by Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    July 22, 2016

    The information flow out the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this summer looks nothing like it used to. From news bots to live streaming video, journalists are experimenting with coverage and voters are taking advantage of new ways to connect with the news.

    In the coming days on MediaShift, we’ll share dispatches from the conventions, analysis of coverage and explore how news from the RNC and DNC looks — and acts — different this time around.

    Series Posts

    VIDEO: Finding, Reporting and Sharing News From The DNC, y Andrew Wichman


    Meet the Bots Reporting on the Republican and Democratic Conventions, by Laura E. Davis

    How Twitter, Facebook Live and Genius Transformed Convention Coverage, by Sara Jo Lee

    Storify: How the Parties Played Out at DNC on Social Media, by Alexandra Hough


    How Podcasts Could Impact Political Reporting, by Tim Cigelske

    How to Stay Safe While Covering the U.S. Political Party Conventions, by Frank Smyth, CPJ

    Related Coverage on MediaShift

    > 3 Ways Public Media are Collaborating on Election Coverage in California, by Ben DeJarnette

    > MediaShift Podcast #200: BuzzFeed Drops RNC Ads Over Trump; Massive #tronc #fail; Conde Nast Traveler’s Dominica Lim, produced by Jefferson Yen

    > Beyond Delegates and Polls: Using Data to Tell Election Stories, by Martha Kang

    > Politico Editors Discuss How Social Media Changed the Dialogue in U.S. Elections, by Samantha Juster

    Coverage Around the Web

    >Live Video Takes Center Stage at the Presidential Conventions (Sahil Patel / Digiday)

    > Why the 2016 RNC and DNC May Go Down in History as ‘The Livestream Conventions’ (Chris Ariens / AdWeek)

    > BuzzFeed’s Newest Political Reporter is a Bot (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter)

    > Half a World From Home, Reporters Try to Make Sense of Trump (James Warren / Poynter)

    > POLITICO Media’s guide to the RNC (Politico)

    > This Millennial Is Steering The RNC’s Social Media Strategy (Terry Collins / CNet)

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill is the the managing editor of MediaShift. She’s also an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism, specializing in feature writing, legislative coverage, rural journalism and online journalism. Formerly, she was the editor in chief and co-founder of the online magazine NewWest.Net, which has since been sold. She also worked as a newswoman for the Associated Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s helping her husband manage their small farm in Central Montana.


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