USA Today realises political potential of Flash journalism

Here’s a great example of Flash journalism from USA Today. The ‘Candidate match game’ allows you to see which candidate’s views match yours most closely by answering 11 questions on issues ranging from the Iraq war to same-sex marriage and health insurance.

A particularly nice touch is the sliders which allow you to ‘weight’ each issue – so if health care is more important to you, and you couldn’t care less about immigration, you can skew the results accordingly. More “news you can use”, and less politics-as-spectator-sport. Nice.
Candidate match game

12 thoughts on “USA Today realises political potential of Flash journalism

  1. Laura Oliver

    Thanks for pointing this out Paul – I’m really enjoying the use of widgets by some of the US news sites.

    Do you know of any UK news sites that are doing the same thing? I haven’t come across any as yet, and am just wondering why?

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  2. paulbradshaw Post author

    Depends what you mean by widgets – the Guardian do similar useful Flash work, and the Telegraph seem to be innovating around their blog platform where you can subscribe to other bloggers, rate them, etc. Liverpool Echo has a nice tagging system though it could be opened up. But yes, I agree the widgets haven’t yet arrived on these shores so much.

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