Since the last elections, public interest in contacting elected representatives about legislation under consideration has boomed. News organizations could do better addressing the public's interest in understanding how their representatives are planning to vote on various issues.
Before the election and since, there have been a number of projects designed to help the public know where their elected officials stand on issues. For example, recently, WNYC and NPR have collaborated on a system which was used for projects like Where Does Your Member Of Congress Stand On Trump’s Immigration Order? and Find Out Where Members Of Congress Stood On The Health Care Bill.
Joe runs Knight Lab’s technology, professional staff and student fellows. Before joining us, Joe was on the Chicago Tribune News Apps team. Also, he hosts a weekly radio show on WNUR-FM – Conference of the Birds.
How might we develop a system that helps any news organization quickly set up a page/microsite which manages information about how representatives are planning to vote on an issue?
Is it reasonable to make something adaptable to state legislatures or other bodies? Or should it focus on US Congress?