MSNBC Votes for VCI
Focus on new digital tools as election approaches
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/20/2010 12:01:00 AM
This multifaceted story is perfect for online coverage, which allows users to delve into a wide array of stories and data. But as the election approaches, a big focal point for the team at Msnbc.com has been the creation of new digital tools to help users sort through the bewildering array of election stories.
One important initiative is the launch of the Voter Confidence Index (VCI), which will aggregate an array of polls and other data to track how voters feel about President Obama and his party. “It really measures the American public’s confi dence in their government,” Ververs notes.
Msnbc.com’s push to make the election more understandable will also rely heavily on its recent redesign, which simplifi ed the flow of information by putting all the aspects of a single story—text, graphics, video and data—onto a single page. Explains Paige West, the Website’s director of creative development: “It gives users the whole story on a single page” and makes it “much easier to comment and share the stories via Twitter and Facebook.”
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