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.
7. Find My Seat
Where? Trinity Mirror regional websites (yes, ok, it’s a plug for something from the company I work for)
What? Find My Seat is a project from the Trinity Mirror Data Unit, which provides an at-a-glance guide to local constituencies – not just the candidates, but the key issues from a data perspective, allowing users to come to their own conclusions about issues which political parties focus on.
Why? Obviously aimed at readers rather than journalists, it’s still a useful tool for journalists wanting to get quick constituency profiles which put a constituency in context with the rest of the country.
8. Election Mentions
What: A Google News-style service for constituencies, flagging up things relating to the constituency, and those fighting the seats too.
Why: Very handy to keep an eye on what is said about constituencies you might be covering, and those standing for election within them. As it combines both constituency and candidate information, it’s quicker than other tools and also gives you the chance to submit links about the constituency. Another great idea from Democracy Club.
9. Democratic Dashboard
What: A brilliant project from the London School of Economics that puts a bunch of useful data about constituencies at your fingertips.
Why: As mentioned in the Election Diary yesterday, Democratic Dashboard has a wealth of uses, including providing snapshot polls of what the local result should be, how much was spent by party in 2010, and other key data. A handy tool for assessing the political activities in an area.