From social media to the second screen, this election comes smack in the middle of the climax of the digital revolution. Other elections before it certainly seeded this massive political transformation, but never before has technology played such a role in selecting who we elect to represent us and lead our communities, our states and our country.

From now until the U.S. election, we are exploring the role digital media and technology are playing in this election. We talk to voters in a battleground state about social media; we analyze how the ever-full information pipeline is affecting how campaigns are run and how we vote; and we get first-hand tips from some of the innovators finding new ways to cover politics in the digital age. Finally, we’ll end with a live-chat with Executive Editor Mark Glaser and many special guests on Election Day November 6.

Series Posts

> Social Media a Hotbed of Political Debate, Engagement – For the Good? by Jenny Xie

> How Helpful Is All This Election Data? by Mark Hannah

> How Political Magazines Use Twitter to Drive 2012 Election Chatter by Susan Currie Sivek

> 8 Big Social Media Takeaways from the 2012 Election Campaign by Alex Kantrowitz

> An Inside Look at WisconsinVote.org, A Public Media Collaboration by Amanda Hirsch

> Mediatwits #62: Election Special Report; How WNYC, Wash Post Covered Sandy podcast hosted by Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali

> How Current TV Connected Online, Broadcast With Its Social Dashboard by Angela Morgenstern

> VIDEO: In Battleground of North Carolina, Social Media on the Minds of Voters by Joshua Davis

> 2012 Election Day Live-Stream on Social Media + Politics by Mark Glaser

> Ustream Uses Election to Relaunch, Focus, Innovate Live Coverage by Terry Parris Jr.

> Our Picks for the Most Innovative Election Coverage by Brian Moritz

> Mapbox: The Secret to Making USA Today’s Election Maps by David Cole

> Our First Election: Lessons from University of Florida’s Integrated Newsroom by Matt Sheehan

Previous Elections Coverage

2010 U.S. Mid-Term Elections

> Live 2010 Election Day Chat on Social Media, Politics moderated by Mark Glaser

> Special Series: PoliticalShift 2010 by various authors

> GOP Beating Democrats with Social Media for Mid-Term Elections by Anthony Calabrese

> How Mobile Apps Are Revolutionizing Elections, Transparency by Steven Davy

2008 U.S. Presidential Elections

> Live Election Day Chat with Special Guests moderated by Mark Glaser

> Inside the Newshour’s Multi-Platform Election Night Bedlam by Dave Gustafson

> Political Fact-Check Sites Proliferate, But Can They Break Through the Muck? by Mark Glaser

> Citizens, Media Use Social Media to Monitor Election by Simon Owens

> 2008 Candidates Jump Online with Early Blog Ads by Mark Glaser

> How Important is Digital Media in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign? by Mark Glaser

2006 U.S. Mid-Term Elections

> Live-Blogging the U.S. Mid-Term Elections by Mark Glaser

Managing editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill is a writer, editor, teacher and farmer based in central Montana. In addition to her work with MediaShift, she teaches online courses at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. Before she came to MediaShift, she was the co-founder and editor in chief of the now shuttered online magazine NewWest.Net. When she’s not writing, teaching or editing, she’s helping her husband wrangle 150 heritage turkeys, 15 acres of food, overgrown weeds or their young daughter. She blogs about life on the farm, and other things, at www.lifecultivated.com.