Oklahoma’s Crowdsourced Election Coverage
Last week, we raved about your election coverage. Hope we didn’t embarrass you. We couldn’t help
ourselves. You played to your niches, focused on down-ballot state election questions and provided your audiences with information they were hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Your content was shared more widely on social media networks than anything else we’ve seen since StateImpact was born. It was awesome.
This week, Oklahoma closed the loop and incorporated some of that social media buzz into their reporting.
“We put question out there on Twitter and Facebook, asking how people voted,” reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma, explained. They got many responses, including one particularly lengthy comment that that they thought illustrated an important point about a particular ballot measure. They used it as the basis for a blog post exploring why that ballot question ultimately failed.
Wertz’ reporting partner, Logan Layden, doesn’t usually play the Twitter game, but even he was inspired.
“It is great to see people respond to the work that you do,” he told us. “It makes you feel like it is worthwhile. And maybe by using this woman’s comment in a post, it will encourage more comments.”
“I’m gonna be playing the Twitter game a lot more often from now on,” he said.
Music to our ears.