Some things are just best left to the internet – election coverage

New media versus newspapers and print is a huge topic when talking about the evolution of journalism.

The cliche saying “you don’t know what you have until it is gone” comes to mind when thinking about the media coverage of the 2012 election.

I personally think that some of the content in a newspaper does not do the coverage justice and to the extent it can be done online. We would be lost without the internet were to dissapear tomorrow – and so would many jobs, communications etc – it is scary how much we depend on it.

I do believe that newspapers do long form journalism better when covering stories as I feel when reading online I am rushed to get off the screen and on to the next page. I feel like I could be getting the information faster through a different form of media.  Newspapers and online articles can be lengthy when all we need sometimes is an overview or small pieces of information.

Graphics, apps, Prezi powerpoints, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, interactive pictures and maps are all added value which is made possible through the internet. This cannot be done in print.

I think the internet has allowed us, as a news audience, to become more involved in news – and fast. This goes for saying even before the notion of citizen journalism where what was once the audience but now the reporters.

Concerning the presidential election of 2012 it comes with little surprise that there were “apps for that” as the famous Apple saying goes.

The New York Times Election 2012 app offers political news which supplied the downloader with updates throughout the day however only up to six free NYT stories.

I find the app easy to use with the latest stories uploaded having a red dot at the side. It gave live election results (handy for those on the move during debates), country to country maps, videos and slideshows, polling results databases, a profile like part with candidates pages which showed updates, biographies and statistics, and in depth information of each state.

It also featured editorials and blog posts from the opinion pages of the NYT.

Being an outsider from Scotland, and an foreigner to US politics, this app was perfect to keep me up to date with the latest new and statistics and was great during the election as I could not see the TV screen at the Democratic Society party I was at!

The NYT already has its normal app but I think it was a great idea to bring out a specific election one. I think the likes of this and other new media has allowed a range of different generations to become more interactive in the coverage – which is a fantastic way to get the country and also others involved.

For example, my 14 year old brother who is covering the presidential election in his high school in Scotland asked me to send him some statistics and information for the 2012 election. I was able to send him a fantastic Prezi powerpoint I was shown in class which contained interactive charts, maps, YouTube videos and more.

Can you imagine if newspapers were our only source of information? I would have had to send them back home by post – The wonders of technology! is a informatic interactive election 2012 map and an example of why the internet covered the election better than newspapers.

I found the Scholastics Magazine website great for kids to get involved during the election with maps, games and interactive pictures. It is important to notice that some children who can’t understand newspapers can learn through other types of media – the internet has opened doors for all ages to learn.



About hparr247

Glasgow Caledonian University journalism student who has studied at Stony Brook University in New York. Curious and amazed about the world, what it is up to, and its people.
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