DFM chat: Mobile-friendly Election Day coverage
Digital First Media friends and other journalists, members of the community and fans of journalism are invited to take part in a Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.
Today we’re talking about how to cover Election Day in real-time in a collaborative way and in a way that’s mobile friendly. That’s why today we are using hackpad, as an example of a collaborative document that could be used for real-time coverage (so you don’t have to write "refresh this page to see new results").
The feed is posted over at the blog, but you can also follow #dfmchat on Twitter.
I’ll be adding resources from the chat in this very document. Feel free to add your own.
- Rebelmouse (you can manually feed Election Day posts). Here’s an example.
- Storify. You can curate posts from your newsroom (and others).
- hackpad. Like this very document.
- *We used to use a Google spreadsheet, but it’s not quite mobile friendly, so we’re skipping that this year in favor of a simpler interface.
- Live video! Periscope, Facebook Live. (Did you know you can download your live FB video on a desktop and then upload to Inform Media? Even edit then upload. Simply play the video on Desktop in FB and then change the www. in the URL to m. refresh then right click on the video to download. Then you are increasing brand with FB live and $$ with pre-roll on Inform Media.)
- Give Ballot Issues their own (your pub) specific hashtag. Or something like #COAmend69yes_no?
- You can follow election results with SnapChat or Instagram #IVotedCO then post embeds to an article page.
- What article embeds will be popular for election day? What does or doesn’t work on your mobile web pages? (if not set up in advance, with mobile exceptions, many of our social embeds will not work on mobile.)
- For 21c properties that have Scribblelive, anything added to those feeds will work in mobile. Here’s an example.
- If you take that concept further, you can simply link or add a storify or rebelmouse that contains such results.
SOME LINKS FROM THE CHAT:
The Washington Post will use automation to help cover the election Poynter, Oct. 19, 2016
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash, Center for Public Integrity, Oct. 17, 2016.
How to do good journalism between now and Election Day, Poynter, Sept. 27, 2016