Archive for the ‘Election 2.0’ Category

Sneak Preview Tour of NPR’s Election Studio

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I just streamed a live 15-minute tour of NPR’s election studio with NPR election producer Tom Bullock. Here’s an archive of the video in case you missed it:


Impromptu Interview with Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

So I was working at my desk yesterday when Weekend Edition Sunday producer Davar Ardalan suddenly appeared with Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday?, a nonpartisan group that produces a fascinating video blog about electoral reform. (In case you’re wondering about the name, it’s based on the question of why on earth U.S. elections are held on a Tuesday, when most people are stuck at work.) Jacob has been participating in Weekend Edition’s Sunday Soapbox blog, which features political commentaries from video bloggers and podcasters, and he was in town for some meetings. (He’s also headed to a Memorial Day clam bake at Joe Trippi’s horse farm; hope he shoots some video while he’s there.)
We ended up running across the street to the local Starbucks to grab a drink and enjoy the first tolerably warm temps we’ve had in a few days. It didn’t take long for me to whip out my N95 and record an impromptu interview with Jacob about Why Tuesday? and electoral reform:

Let’s Play Stump Speech Bingo!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008




Having watched the presidential candidates give stump speeches a gazillion times, it didn’t take long for me to start recognizing certain phrases. On Twitter, several of us even began to joke about having drinking games every time McCain said “my friends” or Obama said “hopemonger,” for example. So it occurred it me it would be fun to create some kind of game for spotting all the catch phrases they use in their stump speeches again and again. So I came up with Stump Speech Bingo.
I tracked down some code that would allow me to generate random bingo cards, which I then populated with stock phrases used by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Here’s an example of a randomly generated John McCain bingo card:



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Since my blog isn’t printer friendly, you won’t want to print out this page. So I created a new page that would generate random bingo cards for each candidate:

Game rules: Before a candidate begins a speech, have each player print out their own copy of the candidate’s bingo card. (It’ll generate a new random bingo card when you reload the page.) Then, as the candidate uses stock phrases from his or her stump speech, look for them on your card. If you find a match in one of the boxes on your card, mark off that box. The box marked “BINGO” is a freebie that you can mark off immediately. As soon as you get five across or diagonally, call out “stump speech bingo!” and you’ll be the winner. (If you’re playing via Twitter, simply tweet the message to your friends.)
If you have any questions about the game or would like to suggest other stock phrases from candidates’ stump speeches, please post a comment here or email me at andycarvin _at_ yahoo DOT com. I’m also hoping to create special editions to be used at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions – stay tuned! And special thanks to Karl Geiger for making the source code of his bingo card generator available on his website. -andy

The Potential Impact of Polls and Punditry on the New Hampshire Primary

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

sign, Exeter, NHLike pretty much everyone else, I totally blew it. Before the voting wrapped up in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, I posted a note on Twitter predicting that Barack Obama would beat Hillary Clinton by 10 points. Talk about missing the mark. (I nailed the GOP race, though, calling it for McCain over Romney by five points, but who’s counting.)
At least I was in good company, as pretty much every pundit, professional and otherwise, predicted an Obama blowout. And they based that assumption on the polls. These polls leading up to the primary were generally consistent, showing Obama leading Clinton by double digits. Yet in the end, Clinton beat Obama by three points. So for more than 48 hours now, the media has spent an inordinate of time analyzing what went wrong with the polls.

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Presenting at the JFK Presidential Library

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading to the airport at the crack of dawn for a quick daytrip to Boston. I’ll be giving a speech at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on the impact of Web 2.0 and social media on journalism, particularly coverage of election 2008. Here’s a draft of the powerpoint presentation I plan to share with the audience. I wish I could stay longer, particularly because the Open Society Institute is convening a forum on youth media in Cambridge, with some of my favorite people and thinkers, including Ethan Zuckerman, Dina Mehta, Jennifer Corriero and Danah Boyd. Unfortunately, as soon as my speech is done, I need to bury my head in proposal writing and related meetings. Such is life…. -andy

Unwelcome Questions for Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Several of the Democratic presidential candidates took questions from the media following the June 28, 2007 debate at Howard University. As you will see in the this video, not all questions were welcome.

In the first part of the video, Dennis Kucinich is asked about anti-hate speech legislation, which the questioner frames as "chipping away at your constitutional First Amendment rights," irritating Kucinich. In the second part of the video, a person in the crowd of reporters harangues Bill Richardson about his participation in the Bohemian Grove Club, which the questioner refers to as place that conducts "mock human sacrifice." The questioner refuses to let up, even as reporters and bloggers in the crowd tell him to leave it alone. -andy

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Waiting in Spin Alley

Sunday, July 1st, 2007


Following the Democratic presidential debate at Howard University, the candidates and their proxies were expected to visit “spin alley,” where hundreds of journalists were assembled to take their questions. Until the candidates showed up, though, spin alley is nothing more than a really crowded waiting room.

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Discuss the Digital Divide

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Democratic candidates Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel discuss the digital divide in the spin room following the June 28, 2007 presidential debate at Howard University.
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Asking the Candidates about the Digital Divide

Friday, June 29th, 2007

While they didn’t discuss the digital divide during the presidential debate as I had hoped, I managed to put some questions to four of the candidates in the spin room. Most of them didn’t give me much more than a sound bite, but it was still interesting. Bill Richardson probably had the broadest perspective on the subject, while Chris Dodd and Dennis Kucinich focused on ubiquitous broadband and laptops for kids. Mike Gravel offered some terse comments on keeping the Internet free and putting computers in our classrooms.
I’ve posted an article about what they said on my PBS blog. I’ll also put together a video of their comments soon. Hopefully, I’ll be able to ask the Republican candidates about the digital divide at the next PBS debate, which will take place at the end of September. -andy

Dramatic Sharpton

Friday, June 29th, 2007

For those Dramatic Chipmunk fans out there who watched last night’s Democratic presidential debate and caught the Rev. Al Sharpton’s scowl at Sen. Joe Biden, I present you with this short video.
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