My old cronies at the Journal-World continue to find innovative new ways to do database journalism. Today, they’re using the new Google charts API to display pie graphs of Kansas caucus results, and they’re also streaming the results to Twitter in near real-time. Awesome.
Local elections may not be glamorous, but they matter a lot to communities like this one, and they deserve a good online treatment from the local media. I think Nathan Borror did it justice tonight. Nice Flash work — and the basic layout may just be another mini-preview of where we’re going, stylistically, with the LJWorld.com redesign that will launch soon.
Ever wonder how the election data gets from the Secretary of State to the crawl at the bottom of your TV screen. Well, at least if you’re in Lawrence, the process may not be as elegant as you’d imagine. Jacob outlines last night’s digital baling twine and duct tape. Kind of gross and kind of novel at the same time. Definitely funny, either way.