Up-to-the-Minute Online Election News

By Noack, David | Editor & Publisher, November 7, 1998 | Go to article overview

Up-to-the-Minute Online Election News


Noack, David, Editor & Publisher


Election news took center stage as millions of users logged on to get the latest results from an ever-growing number of news, search engine, portal and even government Web sites on everything from local contests and congressional and governors races to ballot questions.

The major online news sites such as MSNBC.com, ABCNews.com, CNN and Fox News Online, as welt as dozens of major newspapers, all provided up-to-the-minute results of the election contests, with tallies, stories, analyses, graphics and multimedia. The only glitch in the coverage actually happened before votes were cast, when ABCNews.com on Monday inadvertently posted a test page of election results. The page was taken down, and the online service apologized for the mistake.

Online newspapers, such as the New York Times on the Web, washingtonpost.com, the Chicago Tribune Internet Edition and the Los Angeles Times Web Site, all provided continuous coverage, either using the Associated Press or running print stories hours before they appeared in the print newspaper.

Many of the online election sites had been up for a month or more, already providing voters with information about a variety of races. In addition to the latest vote counts, online news sites put many of the races in perspective, with databases of information about the candidates, the issues, biographies, votes, discussion forums and chat areas. Many included hyperlinked maps, where users could click on a state and get a comprehensive look at the contests and issues.

MSNBC on the Internet provided the latest updates, along with special reports and analysis. The coverage included localized state-by-state election returns and links to detailed information about candidates. Users were also able to access personalized results from national and local races including selected referenda by entering a ZIP code on the home page.

America Online, the nation's largest online service, provided a full slate of election news and analysis from National Public Radio broadcasts, including a discussion of election returns with George magazine president and editor in chief John F. Kennedy Jr. …

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