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10 Great Uses of Social/Digital Journalism on Election Night 2012

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

When I attended this year’s Online News Association convention in San Francisco, I learned about the closed Social Journalism group.  It has become a wonderful font of information and fellowship of like-minded people.

Yesterday as the election was in full swing, there was a thread discussing which news organizations were doing cool things using online tools to cover the election.  Below are my top 10, in no particular order.

  1. I absolutely LOVED this entry from the UK’s Guardian — a journey of the election in graphic novel form.
  2. John Keefe and his data team at WNYC had a busy evening with maps and dispatches covering the national, state and city elections.
  3. The Twitter team created a political engagement map to keep track of  tweets from @BarackObama and @MittRomney.  Users could filter tweets by keyword (like pell grant or coal) or click on a state for tweets.
  4. created the campaign explorer map covering the race looking at ads, money and travel.
  5. NPR created the Big Board, which kept track of each candidates’ electoral college votes, voting percentages from battleground states and percentages from the remaining states, broken down by the time their polls closed.
  6. Wall Street Journal readers were able to access a map of election issues, broken down by state.  it also offered a state of the race, by the presidential candidates, Senate, House and governor races.
  7. The Washington Post and ABC News teamed up to create an interactive fever chart that answers the question “who would you vote for if the election were held today?” broken down by key dates since the conventions.
  8. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Politics Blog is doing a running Storify of tweets and pictures using the hashtag #sfcvote.
  9. The New York Times asked its readers to use Instagram to cover the election using the hashtag #NYTelection.
  10. USA Today offered readers an hour-by-hour, state-by-state viewers guide that gave information on who was winning.