Tales from the Trail

Introducing Reuters Elections: our new home for all things 2012

November 7, 2011

Welcome to Reuters Election 2012, our new hub for the latest political news, analysis, and opinion. With the same commitment to accuracy you’re used to, coupled with the conviction that the exchange of arguments and opinion is a vital component of political coverage, our goal is to build an online resource to help you make sense of the issues and decide which candidates win your votes.

Conceived of and executed by Jim Impoco on the editorial side and Alex Leo on the product side, the page has a number of features new to Reuters.com.

In addition to spotlighting the great homegrown work of our own journalists, we’ll be scouring the web and linking to the best news and commentary about the U.S. elections from around the globe. We’ll also be aggregating the most interesting tweets, and our Polititude widget will measure social sentiment about each presidential hopeful — powered by WiseWindow, a company that analyzes and interprets chatter on social media platforms across the web, rather than merely searching for keywords — to capture each candidate’s social favorability at any given moment.

We’ve revived Tales from the Trail, our erstwhile election-time blog, and started a new video blog, Political Theater, where we’re amassing the most compelling videos from the campaign.

There are individual pages for each candidate, including some of the less-mainstream contenders, so you can dive deeper into their biographies, backgrounds, campaign finances, and stances.

And coming soon we’ll be launching issue pages dedicated to the central issues of this election, as well as a map featuring states with important upcoming races and ballot initiatives. For comic relief, we will soon introduce Political Punchlines, another new feature that tracks which candidates are inspiring the best jokes on our favorite late-night comedy shows.

For the latest updates, sign up for our daily newsletter, follow us on Twitter @ReutersPolitics, and like us on Facebook. Start things off by checking out our coverage of the Reuters Washington Summit, today through Wednesday, where we’re interviewing Sen. Dick Durbin, DCCC Chair Steve Israel, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Tom Coburn, among many others.

We hope you enjoy it, and please let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments section, or by email at grace dot kiser at thomsonreuters dot com.

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I am an admitted political junkie so this is great and I look forward to viewing the same balanced and robust reporting that I have come to expect from Reuters. If it meets my expectations I will bookmark it and use it as my first choice in the field of oh so many options on where to go for the best of the best news – but – if it spins too liberal I’ll go back to Fox. Hoping it will be one stop shopping for me.

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