Election Web Coverage

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What’s the best place to watch election results? Here’s a sampling from NewTeeVee, Silcon Alley Insider, Memeorandum, Blogrunner, and Google News.

Mainstream Media (from NewTeeVee):

  • The Associated Press features a live webcast, hosted by reporters from its Washington bureau, and including voter interviews. Reuters Election Coverage has slideshows and other features.
  • The New York Times has built an online election dashboard that will incorporate news and state-by-state results. The NYT will publish videos every 30 minutes throughout the night from inside the newsroom. Available for phones, too. For alerts, send the word “NEWSALERTS” to 698698. To customize for a particular zip code, send “ELECTIONS [ZIP CODE]” to 698698. All of the options are summarized in this blog post.
  • The Washington Post is hosting all its election coverage on an interactive map and timeline. Via socialmedian, users can chat about the election, see an aggregation of news sources with relevant Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube posts, and see hot discussion topics rise to the top.
  • CBS News will be offering county-by-county results updated every minute, liveblogging, as well as a simulcast of its TV coverage, starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Around 2 a.m. EDT, Katie Couric will host a live webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com to address participants’ questions.
  • ABC News will offer livestreams of its own newscast, the scene at both the McCain and Obama campaigns’ headquarters, and a stream of roving reporters in battleground states. It will also offer a live results map, searchable exit polling data, liveblogging and results via SMS.
  • Live (and embeddable) video coverage will be available from MSNBC. Also see their “Decision ‘08 Dashboard” — which consists of maps, fundraising and other data, as well as discussion.
  • CNN Election Center has its own team producing CNN.com Live video throughout the day and night.
  • C-SPAN will offer live streams of John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s election night events via Mogulus.
  • Fox News’ Elections page, and its live video page (and embedded above is a tour of the channel’s election studio setup). FNC will offer a special live webcast of strategy discussion all night from New York.
  • Current is offering a user-contributed party. Instead talking heads blabbing away, it will instead a provide a pulsating map set to a live DJ set by Diplo. Contributions will pop up from users on Digg, Twitter and 12seconds.tv.
  • For an international perspective, Livestation will stream Al Jazeera English, BBC World News, euronews, France 24 and C-SPAN, and will integrate viewer comments with some of those networks.

The NY Times says Yahoo News had 38 million visitors in September although MSNBC.com surpassed Yahoo in September with 43.2 million visitors and CNN.com ranked third with 37.3 million visitors.

RCR Wireless News says the NewsGator Technologies is bringing content from WashingtonPost.com and Newsweek to wireless users via Campaign Tracker, a free app for Microsoft Windows Mobile-enabled phones. And the popular online magazine Slate.com — a division of the Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive Co. — has teamed with Seattle’s Chimp Software to offer a downloadable version of its interactive polling application for iPhones. Access 360 Media teamed with a voter-mobilization group called 18 in ’08 to deploy a cross-platform campaign to get young voters engaged in politics, while Google’s m.google.com/elections, and Yahoo’s m.yahoo.com offer links to election-related news.

Ars Technica reviews mobile election sites including:

Some of the best blogs and Social Media Resources

National Public Radio’s “Election 2008” coverage will offer nine hours of live streaming and multimedia capabilities on November 4, from 8:00PM to 5:00AM (ET). The network will have reporters positioned with the campaigns and in more than two dozen sites around the country.

NPR’s coverage of the general election will include live streaming, blogging, interactive tools and mobile capability.

NPR and the NewsHour are using a deep, interactive election map that dispenses 2,400 news stories — with more added daily — from stations and national producers (Current, Jan. 22). The project’s overseers recently gave users a way to map their own election predictions and are considering how to make the map viral, or more easily available to bloggers and others, according to Lee Banville, editor of the Online NewsHour.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 at 9:05 am .

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