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breakingnews:

US Secretary of State Clinton discharged from hospital NBC News: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly leaves New York Presbyterian Hospital with husband, Bill, top, and daughter, Chelsea on Wednesday. She later returned and was then formally discharged.
 Clinton had not been seen in public since Dec. 7 and has undergone treatment for a blood clot that stemmed from a concussion she suffered in mid-December. Photo credit: Joshua Lott / Reuters

There was something of a snafu amongst media networks earlier today, when it was incorrectly reported that Secretary of State Clinton had been released from hospital care. Thankfully for everyone, most of all Secretary Clinton herself, it only took a few more hours for her release to truly occur.

News stations are reporting on the health of the Secretary of State and the urgency to report first may alter the documentation of the actual timeline of events. How is the media influenced by the need to break news?

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breakingnews:

US Secretary of State Clinton discharged from hospital

NBC NewsUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly leaves New York Presbyterian Hospital with husband, Bill, top, and daughter, Chelsea on Wednesday. She later returned and was then formally discharged.


Clinton had not been seen in public since Dec. 7 and has undergone treatment for a blood clot that stemmed from a concussion she suffered in mid-December.
 
Photo credit: Joshua Lott / Reuters

There was something of a snafu amongst media networks earlier today, when it was incorrectly reported that Secretary of State Clinton had been released from hospital care. Thankfully for everyone, most of all Secretary Clinton herself, it only took a few more hours for her release to truly occur.

News stations are reporting on the health of the Secretary of State and the urgency to report first may alter the documentation of the actual timeline of events. How is the media influenced by the need to break news?

Do candidates believe social media is worth spending millions? Yes.

According to Jason Kenney of Bearing Drift, in 2008 McCain spent $3.6 million to Obama’s $16M. This past election, Obama spent ten times what Romney spent at $47 million dollars just for digital or social media. The Pew Center reported that 26% of voters were influenced by social media,

"1-in-4 voters were educated and influenced by a tweet or status update or infographic or video or whatever they engaged with on their platforms of choice.”

Alan D. Mutter discusses this phenomenon on his blogTwitter engineering reported  handling 17 times as many “election-related” tweets on election day 2012, with a whopping 31 million tweets. New York Times website traffic was 75% higher on November 6th in 2008, according to Justin Ellis of the Nieman Journalism Lab.

It’s up to you to use these tools to weigh in on issues affecting your city and neighborhood. Will elected representatives continue to communicate with citizens through social media?

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Related to the last post, here’s a page from a recent Nielsen study that shows how we mix devices when watching TV these days. (Click for full.)


	If people are using smartphones and tablets while they watch TV, things like live-tweeting and virtual conversations will become more and more normal. 

	Whether your watching C-SPAN or Real Housewives, post what you think and welcome others to join a discussion!

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Related to the last post, here’s a page from a recent Nielsen study that shows how we mix devices when watching TV these days. (Click for full.)

If people are using smartphones and tablets while they watch TV, things like live-tweeting and virtual conversations will become more and more normal. 

Whether your watching C-SPAN or Real Housewives, post what you think and welcome others to join a discussion!

mynextstepcitizen:

Gilad Lotan discusses “What Social Media Told Us on Election Day” on Techonomy.com. Hashtags, trending, and analytics produce images and data about the Twitter and Facebook users who announced their vote or their candidate on their pages.

“When adopted, hashtags are a powerful way to gather people around a cause.”

By analyzing the demographics that use these social media tools, campaigns and organizers can get a better sense of what technology can do for their success. Did you use social media to express your opinions this past election? 

mynextstepcitizen:

Gilad Lotan discusses “What Social Media Told Us on Election Day” on Techonomy.com. Hashtags, trending, and analytics produce images and data about the Twitter and Facebook users who announced their vote or their candidate on their pages.

“When adopted, hashtags are a powerful way to gather people around a cause.”

By analyzing the demographics that use these social media tools, campaigns and organizers can get a better sense of what technology can do for their success. Did you use social media to express your opinions this past election? 

The race has begun!

On November 28, 2012, the New York Times reported that “Open contests are expected for all three citywide offices (mayor, comptroller, public advocate), four of the five borough presidencies (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island), and at least 19 of the 51 seats on the City Council.”

Find out who your representatives are now and whether or not they want your vote next year. New York City, who will you choose to represent you in 2013?

This is what we’re all about

An article on CivicSource, a web portal for civic engagement, tells us that we need to take the engagement in civic engagement seriously. 

Katie James, UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement staff member posted last week about a framework that was developed to understand how citizens can be more responsive and reactive, and how democracy should be more interactive. Read the full report by University of Illinois at Chicago’s Anthony Simon Laden, Ph.D. of the Department of Philosophy here.

"A democratic society is more than a state with a popularly elected (i.e. democratic) government.  It is also, crucially,society whose members relate to one another and to their government as citizens.  Citizens see one another as free and equal, and collectively constituting the authority to govern themselves.”

Programs that hope to enable citizens and their representatives to communicate openly about the issues and policies need to ensure they are hosting rather than conducting communication. Laden offers some qualifying questions to determine a program’s framework for true civic engagement:

1) Who designed the program and who has a voice in its development going forward?

2) Who is trusted with the tasks or components of administration or maintenance? 

3) What knowledge do each involved parties or groups bring? 

4) Who is the “we” the program is addressing or advocating for?  

5) What is the mechanism by which rejection and criticism is heard and taken up? 

6) What are the models or standards of excellence for the activities being undertaken? 

7) What is the result and how will it continue?

At Next Step Citizen, we are providing examples of how to utilize the tools and resources from the internet and social media. YOU are the voice that will develop our progress. YOU decide how we maintain our site and YOU administer your own posts and submissions. YOU tell us what knowledge you have and share the knowledge you’ve encountered. WE are NYC voters and residents that want to be more engaged in our local city politics. YOU are in control of your own web presence and YOUR perspective on the issues and articles we present will appear on our pages. YOUR input and insight will determine how we are meeting our standards and goals. YOUR voice, vision and vote determine the result of the NYC2013 election. How are YOU transforming social media for local politics in NYC?

Shout out to November6th.org! This website provided sample ballots and information based on your location for the past election. November6th.org is brought to you by the The League of Young Voters Education Fund, New Era Civic Fund, Forward Montana Foundation, and the Bus Foundation. Check it out for yourself and sign up for updates for the next election. Can’t wait to see what these organizations come up with next!

Shout out to November6th.org! This website provided sample ballots and information based on your location for the past election. November6th.org is brought to you by the The League of Young Voters Education FundNew Era Civic FundForward Montana Foundation, and the Bus Foundation. Check it out for yourself and sign up for updates for the next election. Can’t wait to see what these organizations come up with next!

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election:

TUMBLE THE VOTE!
Tomorrow is The Big Day - and while all our blogging and live GIFing has undoubtedly prepared you to exercise your civic duty with glee, here are a few more Tumblrs we recommend consulting in these last remaining hours to equip, inform, entertain and inspire you:
Our Time - Pledge to vote today & prep for tomorrow by looking up your polling place. Watch their newest video from Errol Morris to find out how to respond to your friends who say they’re not voting.
TheBallot.org - It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there’s a lot more at stake in this election than who fills the office of the President. Hit up TheBallot to familiarize yourself with your local ticket, customize your ballot, and share with friends to help inform their vote.
#GOVOTE - Over 100 artists have contributed new, original designs to the movement to Get Out The Vote on Nov 6. Collect them all!
CNN’s Change the List - Can this new experimental project from CNN succeed in moving Hawaii up the ranks from the lowest voter turnout in America? Stay tuned…
Current TV- Welcome Current to Tumblr this election season by following their election day live-tumbling tomorrow.
Dispatch - A new app from Columbia, Stanford, and Tumblr will be beta-tested on Election Day in NYC - sign up to be part of the testing team, or just tune in tomorrow for live photographic coverage of New Yorkers’ post-Sandy experience at the polls.
We’re excited to have our final, all-star team of guest editors Ari Melber & ShortFormBlog continuing their work right here through Election Day (or until we have a President-elect, whichever comes first). And you can always track the Election 2012 tag for much more election-related content from across the Tumblrverse.
Finally, to celebrate Election Day on Tumblr we’re mashing up GPOY with GOTV and asking you to post photos of yourself voting/at your polling place/with your ballot ready to mail in/wearing your “I Voted” sticker and tag it #GPOTV. If you’ve already voted early, start posting now!

To all of you eligible voters in the USA - get out there tomorrow and make us proud!

Next Step Citizen loves Tumblr’s effort to get out the vote! Offering resources and organizations that provide the tools and tips for being engaged and active is what we hope all New York City voters and constituents will take advantage of before our city election less than a year away! How loud can our voices be when we come together for our common goals?

staff:

election:

TUMBLE THE VOTE!

Tomorrow is The Big Day - and while all our blogging and live GIFing has undoubtedly prepared you to exercise your civic duty with glee, here are a few more Tumblrs we recommend consulting in these last remaining hours to equip, inform, entertain and inspire you:

Our Time - Pledge to vote today & prep for tomorrow by looking up your polling place. Watch their newest video from Errol Morris to find out how to respond to your friends who say they’re not voting.

TheBallot.org - It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there’s a lot more at stake in this election than who fills the office of the President. Hit up TheBallot to familiarize yourself with your local ticket, customize your ballot, and share with friends to help inform their vote.

#GOVOTE - Over 100 artists have contributed new, original designs to the movement to Get Out The Vote on Nov 6. Collect them all!

CNN’s Change the List - Can this new experimental project from CNN succeed in moving Hawaii up the ranks from the lowest voter turnout in America? Stay tuned…

Current TV- Welcome Current to Tumblr this election season by following their election day live-tumbling tomorrow.

Dispatch - A new app from Columbia, Stanford, and Tumblr will be beta-tested on Election Day in NYC - sign up to be part of the testing team, or just tune in tomorrow for live photographic coverage of New Yorkers’ post-Sandy experience at the polls.

We’re excited to have our final, all-star team of guest editors Ari Melber & ShortFormBlog continuing their work right here through Election Day (or until we have a President-elect, whichever comes first). And you can always track the Election 2012 tag for much more election-related content from across the Tumblrverse.

Finally, to celebrate Election Day on Tumblr we’re mashing up GPOY with GOTV and asking you to post photos of yourself voting/at your polling place/with your ballot ready to mail in/wearing your “I Voted” sticker and tag it #GPOTV. If you’ve already voted early, start posting now!

To all of you eligible voters in the USA - get out there tomorrow and make us proud!

Next Step Citizen loves Tumblr’s effort to get out the vote! Offering resources and organizations that provide the tools and tips for being engaged and active is what we hope all New York City voters and constituents will take advantage of before our city election less than a year away! How loud can our voices be when we come together for our common goals?

Take the 2012 NYC Votes survey about your voting experience, poll site, absentee voting, impact from Sandy or whatever you think at http://ow.ly/fAzD7. This voter assiztance campaign of the NYC Campaign Finance Board, promoting “voter registration, voting and civic engagement in New York City through community outreach and partnerships with public and private organizations.” They want to know how they can improve what they currently do and what ideas you have for the next vote!

MTV’s Power of 12 gives you the low down on the 2012 Election. Find new articles, candidates, issues, and videos. Check out what young people like you are talking about before Tuesday, November 6th.

Arrive with Five is Young People For’s exciting way to make voting this Tuesday, November 6th a party! Get five people to commit to go to the polls, either with you or all over the country. Your vote is your voice, so make this election loud!

Tonight at 9PM EST on every major network, watch the second debate in the series between Vice Presidential Candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Youtube will stream the debate live on their new Election 2012 hub.
The debate will be moderated by Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News, and will take place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. For more information, visit the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Tonight at 9PM EST on every major network, watch the second debate in the series between Vice Presidential Candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Youtube will stream the debate live on their new Election 2012 hub.

The debate will be moderated by Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News, and will take place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. For more information, visit the Commission on Presidential Debates.

NYC voter registration forms must be postmarked by this Friday!

To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  2. Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
  3. Be 18 years of age before the next election.
  4. Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  5. Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
  6. Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election.

If you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online.

Register to vote in person at one of our offices.

Register by mail with a Voter Registration Form from the New York City Board of Elections. Download the Voter Registration Application in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Bengali. You may also obtain Registration Forms from libraries, Post Offices, and most New York City Government agencies.

Fill out a Voter Registration Application using only a pen with blue or black ink. Be sure to sign the form. Mail (DO NOT FAX) the Voter Registration Form to Board of Elections in the City of New York, 32 Broadway, 7 Flr. New York, NY 10004.

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