Tag: elections

by Julie Keck

1. NPR Visuals is trying to reduce the effects of privilege while hiring (Gurman Bhatia / Poynter) 2. Al Franken and the FTC are investigating the so-called “Apple Tax” for rival streaming services (William Hughes / The AV Club) 3. How Mother Jones built a Donald Trump insult generator (Aleszu Bajak / Storybench) 4. E.W. […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The Internet mapmakers helping Nepal (Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic) 2. ‘Our demand is simple: Stop killing us’ (Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times) 3. Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch (Micah Singleton / The Verge) 4. Campaign coverage via Snapchat could shake up the 2016 […] more »

by Alison Bass

When I moved to Morgantown almost three years ago to teach journalism at West Virginia University, the sketchiness of the local news coverage shocked me. The one newspaper that covers the Morgantown area is owned by a family who have amassed a fortune in the coal and limestone industries, and the paper either doesn’t know […] more »

by Derek Willis

When you teach data reporting concepts to journalism students, you’re really teaching two things: the skills necessary to find and tell stories using data, and the knowledge required to understand the data itself. This past semester I was lucky to be able to work with students at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media on […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week, we look at innovative election-night ideas from NPR and USA Today, and we see how social media tools have reshaped breaking news coverage at Mashable and The Weather Channel. PART 1: Election night ideas On the night of the last election, many news outlets tried new approaches to delivering results and keeping audiences […] more »

by Sonia Paul

With the 2014 U.S. midterm elections just days away, attention is on voter habits and concerns, as well as how political campaigners are leveraging different methods to target their voter base. The Pew Research Center’s recent report on how liberals and conservatives inhabit different media worlds underscores the influence media has on voter awareness. Reports […] more »

by Michael W. Wagner

The political reporter’s professional toolkit keeps expanding. Journalists are using social science research, “big data” and innovative alternative story formats to better serve their audience. Journalism education is catching up too, as Vicki Krueger and Katherine Krueger have shown here on EducationShift. I’m a long-time critic of political news coverage that treats politics like a […] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

Correction: The Twitter hashtag for Beyond November is #beyondnov, not #beyondnovember as a previous version of this post stated. In St. Louis, three non-profit news organizations — St. Louis Public Radio (SLPR), the Nine Network of Public Media and the St. Louis Beacon — have joined forces to produce election coverage through a project called […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the 58th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week, we take a look at the changes in coverage of the presidential debate, with live-streaming online, instant fact-checks and added context, and even “live-GIF’ing.” Tumblr’s Christoper Price and the Sunlight Foundation’s Bill Allison talk about the […] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

In the past, old elections data might languish on microfiche or in boxes, dusted off occasionally by a political scientist or presidential historian. But in the run-up to Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Oct. 7 municipal elections, one newsroom has reimagined data from nearly two decades as an animated video that engages the public and draws people […] more »