Microsoft News and Power BI have partnered with newsrooms to create data journalism projects, from ICFJ grantees’ works on Kenyan maternal health and climate change effects on U.S. real estate to Politico EU’s continental elections coverage.
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With 14 states accounting for 40% of the US population, Super Tuesday looks to be a decisive day in the 2020 Election cycle. Microsoft News has you covered. We’re bringing readers up-to-the-minute data; comprehensive candidate coverage; state pages digging in on local politics; and interactive sentiment polling providing context …
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Each question touches upon monumental issues that governments, organizations, and citizens have been trying to tackle. These are also the questions that five journalists not only asked on behalf of their newsrooms, research partners, and communities, but also undertook to find answers.
Microsoft News has been privileged to work alongside journalists and newsrooms on innovation solutions to democratize tools for storytelling, so that they can take on the big stories. As part of our mission to support a free and independent press, our team partnered with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) on a grant program to provide project funding and technology training. Now, about a year later, the recipients–Josh Landis of Nexus Media, Verah Okeyo of Daily Nation, freelance journalist Phil Cunningham, and the team of Kelechukwu Iruoma of Ripples Nigeria and Ruth Olorounbi of Per Second News–are telling their stories behind the story.
Now, you can read the story behind the story: Microsoft Storieshas profiled each grantee, who explain how they embarked on their projects, what compelled them, and what they learned–not only about their subject matter but also new ways to think and tell the story.
These journalists often did the training, research, reporting, and writing for their projects on top of their daily assignments. Despite a daunting workload, they’ve been enthusiastic about learning to see how dry numbers might be transformed into compelling visualizations with Power BI; how livestreaming could involve their community directly into the storytelling; how cloud services like Video Indexer could deliver insights into years of video and audio archives that might otherwise have been lost to history.
The news industry operates in concurrent cycles of disruption. We’re still re-imagining and reinventing what it means to build an informed citizenry. To this end, Microsoft News is grateful to support the passions of extraordinarily talented reporters from all around the world, who are united in their purpose to help their community.
Vera Chan is Sr. Manager, Worldwide Journalist Relations, for Microsoft News Labs
Here at Microsoft News, it all starts with content from the world’s top journalists.
We get more than 200,000 pieces of content from our publishing partners every day. We get minute-by-minute primary results from the Associated Press. And our sentiment polling (in partnership with CivicScience) collects opt-in responses from users on more than 300 sites around the web representing diverse viewpoints.
That’s a lot of news and data to take in. But it’s also a treasure
trove of information to explore.
Our Microsoft News Election 2020 coverage gives you a place to explore all of the news, results and data that matter to you, brought to you by 800 editors around the world and backed by cutting-edge technology.
Read all sides of the story on Issue Spotlights. We’ll give you a rundown of the facts from our news partners, including The Washington Post, CNN, The Hill, and USA Today. You can hear from diverse voices about the discussion, and we’ll give you a timeline to catch you up on how we all got here.
Explore voter sentiment in Polls. We partner with Microsoft Research and CivicScience for randomized, statistically valid, opt-in polling across 300 diverse sites. Those responses drive interactive graphics showing how voter sentiment is trending. Drill into the data to discover geographic and demographic trends or track sentiment shifts over time. Our editor’s notes add context to the data and links to relevant articles from our high-quality content partners.
Go local with our State Pages. We know that local elections can have a larger impact to your day-to-day life than national ones, so we’re bringing you news about issues, candidates and races close to home.
We invite you to explore the Microsoft News Election 2020 experience in both English and Spanish on your phone, tablet or computer. We’ll continue to add to this experience through Election Day in November with more debate coverage and new polls and graphics. Let us know what you think through our Feedback link on any page.
Jennifer Myers is a principal program manager at Microsoft News and leads our Elections 2020 initiative.