Powering the Political Debate

With less than a month away before the first U.S. presidential primaries, all eyes are on the headlines for the latest jabs by Trump, Hillary, and the gang. Just how do journalists get the spin on the topics and trends this election season?

This year Google sponsored a state-of-the-art spin room for the sixth Republican Party debate. Many questions posed to the candidates and seasoned politicians come from the live streaming of google searches, tweets and other social media feeds. That’s where the citizens discussion happens on real time. So having that piece of information in a concise way, provides journalist with great context for their live reports. Check out an example map being used in action on a very large screen.

“It’s great to be able to display this amazing map data with such clarity. Reporters filmed in front of it all day and it added to the story,” said Simon Rogers, Data Journalist and Editor at Google.

The CartoDB visualization that made it into the spin room displayed the ‘Top Searched Republican Candidate by County.’ The interactive map featured the most searched republican candidate on Google by county since November, in addition to infographics with municipality details and a scroll functionality with most searched candidate by county and battleground states.

Political representative maps are focused on getting insights from data, allowing journalist to ask the hard hitting questions. CartoDB is focused on providing representation and analysis that allowed them to follow in real time the pulse of the debate from the citizen side in real time.

Will be great to hear from you other interesting maps and Location Intelligence performed with CartoDB in relation with democrazy.

Journalist seeking to recreate the magic of the spin room can find resources and other analysis tools at CartoDB.

Happy data mapping!