JO 304 NewsTrack: Politico’s Use of Alternative Storytelling Methods

Politico has adapted to the ever-changing digital journalism landscape by producing live content through PoliticoLive, Facebook Live, social media, and using cartoon drawings to humorously depict current political events.

Politico editors described PoliticoLive on its website as ‘an extension of our journalism.’ PoliticoLive includes live streaming conversations with newsmakers and leaders on important national topics and politics. They are formatted to accommodate speaker series, panel discussions, conferences, social gatherings, and more.

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Through Facebook Live, Politico live streams several political events, press briefings, and breaking news from Washington, D.C. Here is an example of one of their Facebook Live posts:

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In addition to Facebook Live and PoliticoLive, the organization employs several talented cartoon artists to depict some of the latest political events through drawings. The cartoons are displayed through a segment of their website called ‘Cartoon Carousel,’ and they are frequently posted to Politico’s Instagram and Facebook accounts as well.

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Politico also reports breaking news and creative content through various social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. They have adapted their content to fit social media story telling methods. For example, on Instagram they have begun to make short videos to summarize important news events in concise yet informative ways. Here, Politico takes a Buzzfeed-inspired approach to news by creating a list titled “Three Things to Watch in  the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing.”

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In terms of Snapchat, Politico does not operate a ‘Discover’ tool as other news publications such as Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, and various other magazines and outlets have. They do have a Politico Snapchat account, which requires users to add them by username.

 

 

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