Tag: elections

by Meg Dalton

Citizens are made, not born. Attitudes, skills, information — these are all things we learn in our schools and communities and through our parents, leaders, colleagues, friends, and strangers. In this world of information overload, it can be difficult to break through the noise and reach the public to rekindle the ideals of active citizenship. […] more »

by Khari Johnson

These are news startups whose work may impact voters and politicians who choose the destiny of a nation. Every one of these news startups have carried out a crowdfunding campaign since the start of the year, and each of them seeks to make democracy function better. All of these news startups deal with national politics. […] more »

by Jerri Eddings

The recent election of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria has been hailed internationally as a historic transfer of power for Africa’s most populous nation. It was the first in which a sitting president was defeated at the ballot box. Sunday Dare, an ICFJ Knight Fellow who worked in Nigeria in 2011 and 2012, is […] more »

by David Cole

[MapBox](http://mapbox.com/) worked with [USA Today](http://www.usatoday.com/) to build their election night maps that tracked results as they came in from across the country. USA Today’s primary goals for their digital-mapping content was it should have multiple forms of embeddable maps for the home page, articles and landing pages, it should be sharable with persistent links to […] more »

by Florence Scialom

The FrontlineSMS user community has seen a growing number of user meet-ups across the world in recent months. It’s exciting to see community members come together and share opinions and experiences on our software. This is a guest column by FrontlineSMS user Joseph Owuondo, who attended a recent meet-up in Nairobi hosted at the FrontlineSMS […] more »

by Rich Gordon

CongressionalPrimaries.org, the first major initiative of the Knight News Innovation Laboratory, went live officially this week. The site demonstrates several technologies that enhance coverage of this year’s congressional primary elections in Illinois — while also providing components that publishers can incorporate into their own websites between now and the March 20 primary election. There are […] more »

by Rich Gordon

When it comes to the mission of journalism, it’s hard to imagine any function more fundamental than providing people with the information they need to choose their elected representatives. That’s why the first major initiative of the Knight News Innovation Laboratory, announced this week, will focus on coverage of the March 20 congressional primary elections […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

This year’s primary election upsets in Alaska, Florida and Utah and the volatile Congressional campaigns currently underway — all of which take place amid widespread voter discontent and the rise of the Tea Party movement — illustrate the growing need for easily-accessible and easily-updated portals for political data and analysis. Election-season data visualization is traditionally […] more »

by Paul Lamb

Jon Steward did a funny bit last night, referencing how the major news networks were forced to rely on the “hearsay” of Twitter and Facebook postings to understand the events unfolding in Iran. But with the State Department requesting that the good folks at Twitter delay their scheduled site maintenance to keep Tweets flowinng from […] more »

by Amanda Atwood

An upcoming event caught my attention as something I thought other Ideas Lab bloggers and readers might be interested in: Using Social Networking to Marshal the Youth Vote: Online discussion with Rock the Vote director Heather Smith – Tuesday April 7 Very significant elections are coming up in South Africa on April 22, and for […] more »