PoliticalShift

Jeff Roberts
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Business
by Alexa Capeloto

In almost any city you can read your local leaders’ emails if you formally ask for them. In Gainesville, Fla., all you have to do is go here. In most states you can find out how tax dollars are being spent if you officially request expenditure records. In Wisconsin, you just click here. For the […] more »

Global View
by Zach C. Cohen

NEW YORK — With reports that the National Security Agency is amassing data from Internet and phone companies, jokes abounded at the 10th annual Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in New York City on June 6 and 7, especially when the list of sponsors for PDF sounded like a tally of NSA’s tech titan collaborators — Google, Facebook, Yahoo, […] more »

Global View
by Alex Kantrowitz

It’s 4:40 p.m. on a spring Monday in New York City and Jose Antonio Vargas is energized. Armed with a Venti Starbucks iced coffee and a laptop suited for travel, Vargas quickly dives into a recap of a recently concluded cross-country tour. Over the course of 30 days, the tour hit 15 states, and despite […] more »

Media Usage
by Jenny Xie

The level of people’s political participation online in 2012 has increased since 2008 — with 72 percent of all Americans participating in at least one activity, such as posting links to political stories or following elected officials, according to the latest Pew Research Center report on civic engagement. But one thing hasn’t changed: Those with […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Alex Kantrowitz

Speaking in front of a packed conference of advertising professionals in New York, Newark Mayor Cory Booker effortlessly shifted from politics to marketing and, when possible, blended the two together. The crowd was into it, as was Booker, who cycled through stories and theories about the role of social media in politics today. One such […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Michael Cervieri

The Washington Post is creating an algorithm to augment its fact checking of political speeches. How might it work? And do we want it to? During the Republican primaries in 2011, Steven Ginsberg, national political editor for the Washington Post, was covering a Michele Bachmann speech in Iowa. It was a small affair, not much […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Amy Hong

After the death of Hugo Chavez was announced this week, individuals across the globe — from everyday Venezuelans to Barack Obama to Billy Bragg — took to the Twitterverse to comment on the late Latin American leader’s passing. Some mourned his death, while others expressed vehement support or outright rejection of his political ideologies. This […] more »

Mediatwits
by Mark Glaser

We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. This week we have Mark Glaser moderating, along with the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán and Reuters’ Felix Salmon (USC’s Andrew Lih can’t join us this week). Special guest Andrew Sullivan will be joining […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Over the next few weeks, all eyes will be on the so-called “battleground states” of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. So, how did the presidential candidates fare in those places during their third and final debate? If social media is any indication, it’s still a mixed bag. Below is an interesting infographic […] more »


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