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September 03 2012


Sasha Issenberg: Why campaign reporters are behind the curve

New York Times :: The reality about horse-race journalism is far more embarrassing to the press and ought to be just as disappointing to the readers who consume our reporting. The truth is that we aren’t even that good at covering the horse race. If the 2012 campaign has been any indication, journalists remain unable to keep up with the machinations of modern campaigns, and things are likely only to get worse.

An essay by Sasha Issenberg, campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com


Everywhere: The Democratic National Convention on Facebook, Twitter, Google+

CBSNews :: The 2012 Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday with CarolinaFest 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. Convention proceedings are scheduled to start Tuesday. All of the traditional media outlets will be on the ground covering the event, but this election year the political parties are also ramping up their social media presence.

A report by Chenda Ngak, www.cbsnews.com

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August 31 2012


'Rapid response will be within seconds': Twitter will influence presidential debates

The Hill's Twitter Room :: Zac Moffatt, digital director for Mitt Romney's campaign, said Thursday that "rapid response will be within seconds" and online during the presidential debates this fall. "Twitter will kind of dictate what the conversation's going to be [the next day]," Moffatt predicted during a Google Hangout with other Republican digital strategists hosted by the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

Google Hangout uploaded by GOPconvention2012:

A report by Alicia M. Cohn, thehill.com

August 28 2012


"Twitter is the homepage of politics": How Buzzfeed is remaking campaign coverage

The New Republic :: In a sense, all of BuzzFeed Politics’s articles, even the long ones, are spiritually 140 characters or fewer. This is no accident; as Peretti likes to say, “Twitter is the homepage of politics.” (Facebook, typically a much larger traffic-driver, is not where the elite political conversation plays out.) Not only has Twitter grown at a staggering rate—the 1.8 million tweets published on Election Day 2008 equal the number sent every eight minutes in 2012—but it has also uniquely lent itself to, and helped speed up, the minute-to-minute, who’s-up-who’s-down political culture. It’s the place where reporters share their stories with thousands of followers, trade gossip, and spend most of their waking hours.

"The Tweeps on the Bus" - A report by Marc Tracy, www.tnr.com

HT: and quoted here: "How BuzzFeed has become the new ‘tweeps on the bus’ this election season," Poynter

August 26 2012


Instagram goes mainstream as the AP plans convention coverage via iPhones

Beet.TV :: The AP's staff photographers covering the upcoming political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte will not just be shooting for the wire service with their high-end DSLR cameras, they will shoot separate stories using iPhones and uploading the images via Instagram.

Video interview with Shazna Nessa, AP's Deputy Managing Editor for Editorial Products and Innovations by Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

AP announces coverage plan press release, www.ap.org


How many journalists are needed to cover this story?

News organisations are still wasting a lot of money for no reason.

Huffington Post :: I challenge every journalist in Tampa for the Republican convention -- every one of the 15-16,000 of you -- to answer this: Why are you there? What will we learn from you? What actual reporting can you possibly do that delivers anything of value more than the infomercial -- light on the info, heavy on the 'mercial -- that the conventions have become? Would you be better off back at home covering voters and their issues? Can we in the strapped news business afford this luxury?

[Jeff Jarvis:] You're living off the last dollars of your business. And for what? Tradition? Where has that gotten us?

An opinion piece by Jeff Jarvis, www.huffingtonpost.com

And Jay Rosen:

Well, there were 240 news organizations and 1500 journalists in Chile for the miners' rescue. No one had any idea why that many were needed.

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) August 26, 2012

August 24 2012


A bold experiment: Sending citizen reporters to cover national conventions

PBS Mediashift :: What happens when you toss in a pair of citizen reporters, and put them on national television asking the one question that conventioneers don't want to answer: What are you doing to get money out of politics? We launched the Digital Citizen experiment in July 2012 to find out.

A report by Evelyn Messinger, www.pbs.org


U.S. Communications law: Equal (access) time for politicians may mean less ad time for others

 AdAge :: The biennial fall wave of political advertising used to be something commercial advertisers could anticipate and surf. Come September, that may prove impossible thanks to yet another advertising first triggered by the staggering parameters of the 2012 air war. If candidates for president and Congress take full advantage of an obscure law enabling them to demand equal airtime, stations may have to start bumping commercial advertisers on an epidemic scale.

A report by Elizabeth Wilner, adage.com

Elizabeth Wilner refers to the Communications Act of 1934, Section 315 (also here: Cornell University Law School). Communications Act of 1934, §315 says: "If any licensee shall permit any person who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station ..." - I added this explainer and "(access)" in the headline in response to a Tweet by Jasmine McNealy:

@stkonrath 'Equal Time' is a misnomer; it's equal access--power to force station to sell the same amount of time as other candidate.

— Jasmine McNealy (@JasmineMcNealy) August 24, 2012

August 23 2012


Current TV is handing over half its screen to Twitter during the conventions

AdAge :: The cable news network, co-founded by former vice president Al Gore in 2005, will pair convention coverage on the left side the screen with a very prominent Twitter feed on the right side. The feed will variously pull in tweets from reporters, Democratic and Republican insiders, Current staff, voters in swing states and viewers discussing the speeches.

A report by Jeanine Poggi, adage.com

August 09 2012


NBC News and TV One partner to deliver presidential election coverage to black viewers

NBCUniversal :: NBC News, a source of global news and information, and TV One, which entertains, informs and inspires Black adult viewers, are partnering to provide coverage of the 2012 presidential election with a unique perspective to best serve the needs of Black viewers. This special coverage will include the final night of both the Republication National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, as well as the night of the presidential election. All three nights of coverage will be branded under the TV One: One Vote Matters banner. This agreement marks the first joint effort between the two organizations, as well as TV One’s premiere offering of national convention coverage. The joint announcement was made today by TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas and NBC News President Steve Capus.

Announced here Press release, www.nbcumv.com

August 08 2012


'Nuances of public opinion': How Topsy tames Twitter's Big Data fire hose

Note: Twitter's Political Index uses Topsy's search and analytics tools to analyze 400m tweets daily mentioning the two U.S. Presidential candidates.

InformationWeek :: Topsy Labs, a 5-year-old data analytics firm based in San Francisco, is working with Twitter on a big data project that brings real-time analysis to the social network's endless stream of tweets. Two polling firms, The Mellman Group and North Star Opinion Research, are participating as well.

A report by Jeff Bertolucci, www.informationweek.com

Visit Twitter's political sentimental analysis here Twitter's Political Index

August 03 2012


Public interest groups prepare to review TV political ad files

Adweek :: Public interest groups are practically salivating that starting today TV stations must begin posting online political disclosure files containing information about who is spending what in the 2012 presidential election. And they're organizing to take full advantage of the more easily available information.

A report by Katy Bachman, www.adweek.com

April 28 2012


Twitter becomes a key real-time tool for campaigns #pleasevoteforme

Washington Post :: President Obama repeated that Twitter hashtag twice more during a Tuesday speech opposing an increase in student loan interest rates. For good measure, he even had his Chapel Hill, N.C., audience chant it back to him. Within moments after Obama finished his remarks, Twitter users had written more than 20,000 posts containing “#dontdoublemyrate” — enough for Twitter to declare it a top 10 worldwide “trending topic.” The six-year-old microblogging site came into its own this presidential cycle.

Continue to read Bremndan Smialowski, www.washingtonpost.com

January 23 2012


The "“Fact Check” feature in political journalism

New York Times :: As election season rhetoric heats up, so does the demand for aggressive examination of candidates’ claims. This is not new. The “fact-checking” movement, shorthand for news organizations’ rebuttal of factual claims, has been building for years. Now, though, as Republicans grapple in earnest with nominee selection and President Obama rolls out his first campaign ads, the fact-check war is entering a new phase.

Continue to read Arthur S. Brisbane, www.nytimes.com


The "“Fact Check” feature in political journalism

New York Times :: As election season rhetoric heats up, so does the demand for aggressive examination of candidates’ claims. This is not new. The “fact-checking” movement, shorthand for news organizations’ rebuttal of factual claims, has been building for years. Now, though, as Republicans grapple in earnest with nominee selection and President Obama rolls out his first campaign ads, the fact-check war is entering a new phase.

Continue to read Arthur S. Brisbane, www.nytimes.com

January 18 2012


Politico-Facebook sentiment analysis will generate "bogus" results

Techpresident :: Thursday morning last week, Politico announced that it was joining with Facebook to "measure GOP candidate buzz" and give its readers an "exclusive look at the conversation taking place on the social networking site" ahead of the January 21 South Carolina primary. It's called "sentiment analysis". "Mitt, Paul winning Facebook primary" was the headline on their first story on the project. "'Social media has forever changed the way candidates campaign for the presidency," said John F. Harris, editor-in-chief of Politico, in a press release about the new partnership.

But researchers question the value of the sentiment analysis.

[Micah L. Sifry:] Marc A. Smith, director of the Social Media Research Foundation, told me, "I share your skepticism re: 'sentiment' analysis. Irony is a tough nut to crack."

Continue to read Micah L. Sifry, techpresident.com

January 13 2012


Politico Facebook cooperation: evaluation of users’ opinions of Republican presidential hopefuls

Mashable :: Politico, the politics-focused media outlet, is teaming up with Facebook to take a look at Facebook users’ opinions of Republican presidential hopefuls. It’s all happening during the lead-up to the next primary, being held Jan. 21 in South Carolina.

Continue to read Alex Fitzpatrick, mashable.com

January 12 2012


Real issues and light entertainment. John Cassidy: In defense of political journalists

New Yorker :: If there’s one thing most people can agree on these days it’s that political reporting has gone to the dogs. Even some of my colleagues subscribe to this view. In a Daily Comment last week, George Packer had a rip at the reporters covering the Republican primaries, lamenting that they no longer cover real issues but merely treat politics as light entertainment. George was particularly exercised about the campaign posse’s failure to dwell on Rick Santorum’s comment in Iowa that President Obama is engaging in “absolutely un-American activities.” George wrote, “Once demagogy and falsehoods become routine, there isn’t much for the political journalist to do except handicap the race and report on the candidate’s mood.

John Cassidy: This sounds kind of serious.

Continue to read John Cassidy, www.newyorker.com


News interest vs news coverage: What people want to track and their shares in current news coverage

The chart below looks like a marketplace for news: someone could interpret "News Interest" as demand and "News Coverage" as offer. Unfortunately it only shows the interest share. "Economy 8%" says, that 8% of all stories focus on economic news. Does that chart make sense? Do you think press coverage should reflect the interest distribution of the people? - For me it would make more sense to understand if there is a market gap regarding the interest of the people in specific topics and the current news story landscape.

Pew Research :: Though the campaign was the public’s top story last week, Americans also continued to track news about the nation’s economy closely. With a positive federal jobs report released Friday, 39% say they followed news about the economy very closely. Interest in economic news has hovered around this level for much of the past year, fluctuating only slightly. By comparison, 29% say they followed election news very closely.

[Pew Research:] Perceptions of Economic News Continue to Improve

Capture (in case you face problems to read): News interest shows the percentage of people who say they followed this story most closely. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Jan. 5-8, 2012. News coverage shows the percentage of news coverage devoted to each story. Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, Jan. 2-8, 2012.

Continue to read www.people-press.org


37pc say: presidential campaign get too much coverage, down from 40pc in 2008

Multichannel :: According to the latest Project for Excellence in Journalism New Interest Index, 37% of respondents say there has already been too much coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign by the national news media. But that is actually down from the 40% who said the same thing about the January 2008 campaign at around the same time in the primary blitz coverage surrounding the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, the first two official tests of the candidate field.

Continue to read John Eggerton, www.multichannel.com

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