Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

MediaShift Innovation Spotlight: Represent

The MediaShift Innovation Spotlight looks in-depth at one great mash-up, database, mapping project or multimedia story that combines technology and journalism in useful ways. These projects can be at major newspaper or broadcast sites, or independent news sites or blogs.

This week, I covered New York Time’s Represent.

Represent is a look at the future of online journalism — focused, local and geographically relevant. It’s a different way to group and browse information based on an individual’s political districts.

Some have compared Represent to EveryBlock. It does fill a hole in EveryBlock’s coverage, taking the concept of block-by-block news and expanding it to fit the political realm of information. In fact, EveryBlock recently hooked up with The New York Times to display political news items for each block.

Check out Represent Helps New Yorkers Track Their Politicos to learn about how Andrei Scheinkman and Derek Willis did it.

  • Seems to me journalism is going through a tech boom like the dot-coms did a decade ago. Now it is content learning to crawl-walk-run with new tools and platforms. I am brand new to writing and I cant imagine creating a buzz for my lifestyle book with out all the tweets and links. Love it every day!!

  • Seems to me journalism is going through a tech boom like the dot-coms did a decade ago. Now it is content learning to crawl-walk-run with new tools and platforms. I am brand new to writing and I cant imagine creating a buzz for my lifestyle book with out all the tweets and links. Love it every day!!

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