Behind the scenes: Electionland

  • Event: 2017 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: John Keefe of Quartz; Scott Klein of ProPublica; Olivia Ma of Google News Lab
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 4 at 10:15am
  • Location: Conference Center A
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

On November 8, 2016, an unprecedented collaboration of journalists, technologists and students worked together to cover the voting experience in America. Using a combination of real-time data, social media and crowdsourcing, Electionland had eyes across the country looking for voting problems, voter intimidation, and yes, even whether the election was rigged. With 1,100 participants, it was the largest journalistic collaboration in history around a single event. How did Electionland come about? How did it work? What lessons can news organizations learn about taking part in -- and hatching -- large-scale collaborations? 

Speaker Bios

  • John Keefe is the investigations editor at Quartz. He also teaches classes on investigative reporting, product prototyping, and machine learning at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Before joining Quartz, he was Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC. Keefe blogs at and tweets as @jkeefe.

  • Scott is a Deputy Managing Editor at ProPublica, where he leads the data and interactive teams. He was also a co-founder of DocumentCloud. @kleinmatic

  • Olivia Ma is one of the founding members of the Google News Lab, Google’s effort to empower innovation at the intersection of media and technology. Previously, she held the role of YouTube’s first News Manager, where she oversaw the site's news programming and product strategy, and Head of News Partnerships for Google+. Olivia is also Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative nonprofit, The Center for Public Integrity. @oliviama

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