The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. To mark the start of the General Election campaign, here are three worth keeping an eye on, all from Democracy Club, a brilliant organisation which seeks to make politicians more accountable. The tools are ones I think journalists should contribute information too as well.
3. Democracy Club CV
What? The aim of Democracy Club’s CV section is to publish the CVs of every candidate standing. It’s a genius idea – so many decisions are made based on someone’s CV, why shouldn’t politicians aspiring to represent us share their CV for everyone to see.
Why? It has potential to be a very useful tool for journalists – and a great source of information for the future.
What? Yournextmp is a database of everyone standing in elections – or aims to be. It’s open source with more information being added all the time.
Why? Social media will be critical to this election, and this is a handy place to find the known social media presence of candidates, plus other information on candidates.
What? electionleaflets.org has been knocking around for a few years now and encourages people to share election leaflets which come through their doors.
Why? For journalists, it’s a great way of keeping an eye on what people are putting in their leaflets and shoving through doors. After all, the 2015 election wouldn’t be the first where a politician would have preferred election pledges and statements to be kept away from media scrutiny. Also worth digging back to 2010 to see what was promised, and what may not have been delivered.