Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

Check Out the Whole Inauguration Collection

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Our inauguration archive is piling up on delicious. Check it out! It's easy to scroll through or search using tags. I'll feature a bunch of selections on the blog over the next several days (just as soon as I untangle myself from Flickr, etc.), so stay tuned.

Bye from Sarolta

Posted by Sarolta | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

[Sarolta Cump is a BallotVox co-curator.] Wahoo! This election has been quite the ride -- hard to believe it's over! With BallotVox, I spent over two hundred and twenty-five hours in this peculiar land known as the internet. It's been amazing to come across the many musings from hip-hop bloggers and ...

What’s Next for BallotVox?

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

[amuk2006 / Flickr] We're going to stick around for a little while. Through the inauguration at the end of January. To ease you through any post-election blues. Of course without the full team, things will be somewhat different around here. I'll be working part-time to continue bookmarking the tsumani of election-day content, ...

Farewell, Co-Curators

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Inside joke here: when the co-curators introduced themselves, Jake asked them to talk about their favorite Beatle. [Mark Sardella / Flickr] BallotVox bids a sad goodbye today to its remarkable co-curators. Sarolta Cump, Misa Dayson, James Mills, Ann Raber, Sue Salinger, and volunteer curator Roshan Abraham have been the fiery engine of ...

Columbus Day

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

BVox will be quiet on Monday. Back again on Tuesday.

Welcome, Co-Curators!

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

[Octoferret / Flickr] Our co-curators are poised to roll up their sleeves and get to work finding good stuff to add to BallotVox. Here at PRX, Genevieve Sponsler and intern Larissa Zhou will be helping out; and across the country Sarolta Cump, Misa Dayson, James Mills, Ann Raber, and Sue Salinger ...

Dallas Students Evaluate Democrats

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Via co-curator Ann Raber, a largely conservative student perspective -- from the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas -- on the Democratic candiates: Sirmontag, who made the video, grew up in Dayton, OH, and currently lives in Dallas. He is a man of many hobbies, from blacksmithing ...


Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Coffee cups! [wrumsby / Flickr] We're not asleep at the wheel. We promise. In fact we're reasonably caffeinated, though we haven't been blogging much; instead we've been hiring great co-curators and figuring out how exactly to collect and sort and display all of the content we'll be finding. On the tech front, ...

Temporarily Distracted

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 10th, 2008

Posting will be thin to nonexistent for the next few days as we focus on hiring co-curators. We're eager for their help. Course then there's still the matter of finishing the site construction...

An Arab Perspective

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 28th, 2008

At the US-Islamic World Form [josholalia / Flickr] The blogger Abu Aardvark -- aka Marc Lynch, a Middle East expert and political-science professor at George Washington University -- was recently at the Brookings Institution's US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. He reports that the attention paid to Iraq paled in comparison ...

Admit You’re Wrong

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

[Mike Licht, / Flickr] Jen, a Californian blogger who also writes for a group blog called MOMocrats, is frustrated with both Democratic candidates after last night's Cleveland debate. All it would take to get her support, she says, is this: Stop hedging. Stop couching everything. Admit you could have done something ...

Fake Homemade Signs

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Washington-state blogger Joshua Longbrake writes about his experience at an overcrowded, spirited Obama rally in Seattle earlier this month. He has this gem of an observation: It was really fascinating to see the Obama campaign team pass out two types of signs: the first set of signs were professionally made [...] ...

We Shouldn’t Have Doubted

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

It was out there all along. (Jake was right.) The Platonic ideal of a video sidebar widget. Guess we finally, in stubborn pique, entered the right words into Google, and there it was: Vodpod. It's not just a widget. No. It's a tool that lets us bookmark and display any ...

Suggestion for John McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Conservative blogger Sean Hackbarth argued a couple of days ago that John McCain is missing a good opportunity to rally conservatives. In Berkeley, CA, the City Council and antiwar protesters like Code Pink have been resisting the local Marine recruiting office -- and Hackbarth points out that McCain, unlike many ...

Democrats in Rural Texas

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Karl-Thomas Musselman from The Burnt Orange Report, a Democratic group blog based in Austin, TX, has this to say about last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: I have occasionally taken the liberty of talking about my hometown of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County out west of Austin in the ...

First Flickr Photo

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

In some sidebar avoidance a few days ago, we bookmarked our first Flickr photo: [Steve Rhodes / Flickr] Steve Rhodes' Flickr profile says he's a blogger who covers media, culture, and politics; it wasn't until I checked his profile just now at Tiger Beat that I realized he's a journalist. We'll be ...

The Sidebar

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The sidebar is, by definition, not supposed to be the focus, right? Unfortunately we've been stubbornly preoccupied by ours for the last few days because it's proving difficult to build. We've got a long wiki "wishlist" going for the site, but we're hung up on "find YouTube 'favorites' widget for ...

Like to Be a Co-Curator?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 14th, 2008

You know you would. If you're a YouTube junkie, if you're obsessed with your local community blogs, if you're always plugged into a podcast, then we want to know you. We're looking for people all over the country and outside the US to wade into Web 2.0 and help us ...

Hello My Name Is

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 14th, 2008

A bunch of PRXers are pitching in to get BallotVox off the ground. Jake Shapiro is the mastermind -- he dreamed up the BallotVox idea and now, in addition to running PRX, prods me daily to sign up for the latest social media site that he's discovered on some tech ...