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October 25 2010

23:02

Special Series: PoliticalShift 2010

About this Series

After the success we've had with previous in-depth reports -- the Beyond Content Farms series and Beyond J-School, we decided to do another series on MediaShift. This time the series will look at "PoliticalShift 2010," the way that social media, technology and blogs are changing the equation for politicians in the context of the 2010 U.S. midterm elections. While Barack Obama used the web and social media to raise millions in micro-donations and for organizing, the conservative side is pushing even harder into social media to rally supporters this year. We'll look at the Tea Party's crash course in social media, a Canadian industry minister's quirky use of Twitter, and we'll have a roundtable discussion in San Francisco for 5Across.

The entire series is linked below, and we'll be updating it over the next 8 days.

Check Out All the Posts

> GOP Beating Democrats with Social Media for Midterm Elections by Anthony Calabrese

Coming Soon

Tuesday: Steven Davy on campaigns using geo-location tools
Wednesday: Craig Silverman on the Canadian industry minister using Twitter

Thursday: Corbin Hiar on the Tea Party's use of social media

Friday: 5Across roundtable discussion with politicians, activists and journalists

Monday: Julie Posetti on how political reporters' jobs are changing in Australia
Tuesday: Live online chat with special guests via CoverItLive

Your Feedback

What do you think about our series? How could it be improved? Are there other series you'd like to see MediaShift tackle in the coming months? We'd like to hear from you either in the comments below or via our Feedback form.

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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August 09 2010

12:49

Chat Replay: TBD Editors Discuss Decisions in Building DC-Area News Site

Early Monday morning, after months of preparation, Allbritton Communications launched its new Washington, D.C.-area news site. Now that the site is live, users can see how TBD is relying on aggregation, geocoding and community engagement to tell users what is going on in Washington.

At 1 p.m. Monday, I will talk to Jim Brady, president of digital strategy for Allbritton, and Steve Buttry, director of community engagement, about decisions they made in building the new site. Come with questions.

August 02 2010

15:45

4 Digital Tools to Improve Your Government Coverage

Monday and Tuesday, about 40 journalists are gathering at Poynter to learn how they can use free digital services to cover government more effectively. They’ll learn how to share and annotate documents, share data on politicians and lobbyists, understand voting patterns and create data visualizations.

We live blogged four presentations about:

  • Sunlight Foundation: How to use data to cover politicians, lobbyists and campaign contributors
  • Tableau: How to use data visualization to tell interactive stories

The live blogs are archived below. You also can view a live stream of the seminar through 4 p.m. ET today.

Archived blog from the Tableau presentation:

Archived blog from the DocumentCloud, Sunlight Foundation and Patchwork Nation presentations:
 

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