Thursday was a big day for the local media as Alberta’s Budget 2013 was released. To share the plethora of related information the Government of Alberta did more than just put out a press release, once again building a mini-site. That site contains lots of text, but also some charts and other visualizations in the highlights section. While the news was primarily covered in traditional ways by the local media, with plain text newspaper stories and high-level radio and television interviews,they also used the opportunity to further experiment with new ways of covering the news.
Perhaps the most interesting approach was the Edmonton Journal’s collection of visualizations:
Use the visualizations to find out exactly where your tax dollars are going, what the government’s priorities are and how the "bitumen bubble" has affected the government’s spending plans.
CBC also went with a visualization, choosing to illustrate the so-called “bitumen bubble” in advance of the budget.
Use the interactive timeline to watch the bitumen bubble grow and follow along the news stories describing the growing fiscal crisis.
While it would have been nice to see more related stories linked, I like the timeline approach.
For coverage during the budget announcements, many outlets turned to live blogs. Both Global Edmonton and CTV Edmonton made use of Scribble to power their live blogs. The Huffington Post Alberta also did a live blog using the HuffPo’s homegrown platform. I’m not sure how successful these approaches are, especially given the widespread use of Twitter during “events” like the budget announcement.
Metro decided to go with a Storify to capture the reaction to the budget news, pulling in relevant tweets. The Huffington Post Alberta did something similar with its slideshow approach to calling out tweets. This seems to be a common approach nowadays, and it can be a great tool for those simply looking to catch up.
Finally, while I’m not a huge fan of the format, the Huffington Post Alberta created a visual slideshow to share what it saw as the highlights of the budget. It’s a bit reminiscent of a Pecha Kucha presentation, but I wish it contained more substance.
That’s a quick look at some of the interesting ways the local media covered the budget news last week. Did I miss any? What was your favorite?