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Hacks/Hackers Chicago: New approaches to covering elections & campaigns

Rich G.
Evanston, IL
It's a big election year, and technology is going to play a major role. All the candidates in the primaries are using social media extensively, and all have high-tech targeting operations for email and snail mail. So what can journalists and technologists do to stay on top of what they're up to -- and get citizens engaged and informed?

These are the kinds of topics we'll explore at the next Chicago Hacks/Hackers meetup on the evening of Wednesday, March 7. That's the day after the "Super Tuesday" primary. Several speakers will address ways that news organizations are applying technology more effectively to covering elections and politics.

We'll gather at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, 1206 N. State Parkway (near State & Division) 6 pm. The program will start at 6:30 and last no more than one hour. On the program will be:

* Mike Silver, executive director of the Knight News Innovation Laboratory, will discuss the Lab's initiative to help Chicago area publishers cover the primary campaigns for Congress: 25 primaries in 18 districts. You can see what the Lab is doing at CongressionalPrimaries.org­ and read more about it here and here.

* Dante Chinni, director of Patchwork Nation, will talk about his project, which provides deep demographic and cultural profiles -- and map-based data visualizations -- of U.S. counties and congressional districts.

* Rich Gordon, professor of digital innovation at the Medill School at Northwestern University, will lead a "lightning round" of examples of new election coverage approaches from organizations such asthe New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. (If you or your news organization has a good example for this portion of the program, please contact him.)
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