8 Big Social Media Takeaways from the 2012 Election
I wrote this piece for PBS MediaShift while Hurricane Sandy raged outside my Brooklyn apartment. I start the article with a story from my days in Queens politics. Back then, I pitched myself for a campaign manager role based on my knowledge of social media. I got the job, but my grand social media plan didn’t exactly play out as I thought it would. Why not? Read the full post here. 

8 Big Social Media Takeaways from the 2012 Election

I wrote this piece for PBS MediaShift while Hurricane Sandy raged outside my Brooklyn apartment. I start the article with a story from my days in Queens politics. Back then, I pitched myself for a campaign manager role based on my knowledge of social media. I got the job, but my grand social media plan didn’t exactly play out as I thought it would. Why not? Read the full post here

ontheprogram

ontheprogram:

Episode 4: Tumblr’s Election Coverage, Life at the RNC

Sent to Tampa on assignment for Tumblr, Meg Lanker-Simons took the Republican National Convention by storm. In just a few short days, she produced a steady stream of content, including audio interviews with everyone from former RNC chairman Michael Steele to Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. I recently wrote about Tumblr’s editorial coverage for Forbes and thought Meg would be a natural fit for On The Program. She joins us to speak about her experiences at the RNC and the experience of reporting for Tumblr’s election blog. (Editors note: This episode is longer than usual)

Check out Meg’s Tumblr blog, Cognitive Dissonance 

Here’s this week’s podcast featuring Meg Lanker-Simons who covered the RNC for Tumblr a few weeks ago. Interesting stuff on how she landed a bunch of great interview while in Tampa. 

I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.

“The attacks in Libya and Egypt underscore that the world remains a dangerous place and that American leadership is still sorely needed. In the face of this violence, America cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. American leadership is necessary to ensure that events in the region don’t spin out of control. We cannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests. Over the last several years, we have stood witness to an Arab Spring that presents an opportunity for a more peaceful and prosperous region, but also poses the potential for peril, if the forces of extremism and violence are allowed to control the course of events.

“We must strive to ensure that the Arab Spring does not become an Arab Winter.

- Mitt Romney

Reaction: Politico| BuzzFeed | NBC News

ontheprogram

ontheprogram:

Episode 3: Romney’s Healthcare Plan, Obamacare’s Repeal-ability

As the US presidential election heads into its final stretch, perhaps the campaigns will finally spend more time talking about substantive issues. While we at On The Program encourage them to do so, we’re not interested in waiting around. To that end, we’re starting a series on healthcare policy with policy advisor Richard Schwabacher. Our goal is to get into the meat of this divisive issue and figure out what actually separates the Obama and Romney plans. 

You can follow Richard on Twitter at @RCSDX

Here’s the third episode of my podcast. This week, we look into the Romney campaign’s healthcare plan. Check it out! 

Election Coverage, Tumblr Style
Have you checked out election.tumblr.com? It’s the first ever dedicated site set up by the Tumblr editorial team and has been blanketing the conventions with ‘Tumblr style’ coverage. Here’s how I describe the coverage in a story I wrote about the effort for Forbes:

Throughout the conventions and continuing on until the votes are cast in November, Tumblr will be providing its own original coverage of the election. The coverage, already underway, tells the story of the 2012 election through a stream of animated gifs, Photoshop propelled memes, salient quotes and meaningful photography. Or, in other words, exactly the type of content that has helped Tumblr register more monthly page views than Wikipedia.

Excited? Check out the full story here.

Election Coverage, Tumblr Style

Have you checked out election.tumblr.com? It’s the first ever dedicated site set up by the Tumblr editorial team and has been blanketing the conventions with ‘Tumblr style’ coverage. Here’s how I describe the coverage in a story I wrote about the effort for Forbes:

Throughout the conventions and continuing on until the votes are cast in November, Tumblr will be providing its own original coverage of the election. The coverage, already underway, tells the story of the 2012 election through a stream of animated gifs, Photoshop propelled memes, salient quotes and meaningful photography. Or, in other words, exactly the type of content that has helped Tumblr register more monthly page views than Wikipedia.

Excited? Check out the full story here.

I’ve been doing this 22 years, and in presidential years, people donate to politics, to campaigns, and that takes away what little money they’d be giving to charities

Food bank veteran: Politics takes away donations

No broad stats in this article, but it’s an interesting look at the effect of political giving on charitable giving. Clearly, when people push disposable income towards campaigns, some other category inevitably gets cut. It’s too bad if charities suffer because of it, but I think it’s all to easy to say “hey, I made my donation already,” and call it a day.  

h/t ProducerMatthew

Your VP? 
If you’re on Romney’s email list, you’ve likely received multiple emails from the Romney campaign seemingly with the announcement of the VP pick. But open the email and, surprise, you’ll find that there’s nothing in there about who the VP is, just a donation solicitation. In a word, this is not making people happy.
Check out my report on the subject line teasing today on Forbes

Your VP? 

If you’re on Romney’s email list, you’ve likely received multiple emails from the Romney campaign seemingly with the announcement of the VP pick. But open the email and, surprise, you’ll find that there’s nothing in there about who the VP is, just a donation solicitation. In a word, this is not making people happy.

Check out my report on the subject line teasing today on Forbes