Okay, I admit, not as catchy as the beloved “there’s an app for that,” but it has a place these days in political communication via internet.
I like to stay politically informed, but often I get caught up in the fast pace of my college life and don’t have time to shift through a large breadth of political coverage to know as much as I would like to about an election. Over the last several months, when searching for information on the current campaigns, I have been pleasantly surprised by the incorporation of interactive graphics into the political coverage of several major news outlets.
While this is likely a case of keeping up with the Jones’ of the media world—-can’t you hear it now, “ The Jones’ put an interactive graphic on their site to help make political coverage more accessible…we need one NOW”—I would like to be optimistic and think that they have incorporated these in order to make consumption of political news and data more accessible to busy Americans.
In this digital age, it is imperative for people to be able to access online, synthesize, and then form opinions on information quickly. These interactive graphics make this possible and easy.
The Washington Post has several graphics that help track spending on advertising (if you’re one of those people who likes to know who is putting money where and how much, this is the place for you), a horse-race journalism style tracker of the Republican Primary, and a Campaign Finance explorer.
Similar to the aforementioned horse-race graphic on the WP sight, the New York Times has a similar delegate tracker. As a side note, The New York Time really does have an app for that.
My personal favorite interactive election graphic is featured on US Election News. It allows the user to chose specifics that they would want to see and about which they would like to learn. This allows people to receive aggregated data about issues or candidates that are important to them personally.