I’m currently traveling with 4 other PhD, Masters and undergrad students, and several faculty members as a collaboration between the Communications Department and the Seattle Times. Our blog, UW Election Eye follows the campaign trail through the perspective of students and faculty. This piece is being cross-posted because we felt it tied in well with the theme of Flip the Media.
Storify is a software that enables a media-rich method of synthesizing and telling of a story. We employ it here to document and interpret key moments in the Nevada Republican Party’s decision to use — and trumpet — technologies such as Google and Twitter to digitally publicize caucus results.
But they failed to provide a crucial element: The analog infrastructure actually required to count hand-marked ballots. Take a look at the Storify that we’ve created as a part of the UW Election Eye team to show how technology and media are being used to cover this Republican primary.
Consider this a cautionary tale for all political organizations, including the Republican Party in Washington state, which hosts caucuses slightly less than a month from today.
Lindsey Meeks and David Domke contributed to this story.