Nada alwadi,,, Politico.com

Nada Alwadi

In Politico website,there is a feature called “ Politico 44) , its basically a “Living diary of the Obama presidency” minute by minute !!
You have all updates events, photos , videos and much more about what is happening in the White house, there is also a sort of diary in the left side of the page, which shows you what president Obama is doing all the day, and you can change the date and go to check any events of any other day you wish,,, Check it out on : http://www.politico.com/politico44/

ABCnews.com on the Inauguration

I was impressed with the many ways ABCnews.com covered the Inauguration of Obama. What I particularly enjoyed the most was the fact that reporters also focused on covering the reactions of the people. In this video, reporters even went as far as to ask a diverse group of people to give advice to the new president. You can watch the video here:

Words of Advice for the President

BBC International

The BBC has an entire other page devoted to all things having anything at all to do with Obama, both on the UK and International versions of the Web site.

They feature several versions of Obama's inauguation, including a play-by-play live text commentary beginning at 0900 and going all the way up until 1709. After the inaugural commentary finishes, the page links back to the one before it which covers every aspect of Obama's first 100 days in office. There are links to several videos and photos of the event as well. The live commentary has links to photos and videos of the parade, inaugural oath and the President's first speech in office. After viewing videos and photos, the site recommends similar multimedia that may interest the reader.

The BBC Web site provides its readers with an in-depth coverage of both the actual inauguration and every major move Obama has made since his first day in office.

International Version:

UK Version:

The Onion's Inauguration Coverage

While we can't trust the Onion for much real news, their Web page layout for articles is something to really take note of. Their article covering the Inauguration is quite funny, but take note of the right side of the article. There are related sections, videos, and radio news bits regarding the subject.

In addition to the article covering the inauguration, there is an infographic about the security measures taken, "public opinion" on the re-vamped page at whitehouse.gov and the best part, a chronicle of "The First 100 Days."

Of course there are also new always popping up in the Politics section of the Web site, but the Onion, not just for an outlet based on satire, but in general, is doing a very extensive and "user friendly" coverage of our "current events."

Washington Post - The Preparers

This is a really cool multimedia piece from the Washington Post that paints the picture of setting up for the inauguration in January. It actually received an honorable mention in the White House News Photographers Association contest recently.

It takes a collage of photos an mini video animations to create an interactive panorama that allows one to pan the front of the Capitol building and surrounding area. Among the mini videos are a military band playing at the base of the building, while construction workers build the stands for the ceremony. Larger videos are interspersed throughout the panorama with features about different aspects of preparing, from the VIP chauffeurs to constructing the parade floats.

This piece is very unique because it finds a creative way to package video and pictures, while making it interactive and user-friendly.

CNN.com, "U.S. Presidential Inauguration" Mini-Database

CNN.com organizes long running stories or consistent topics of interest into "All About" mini-databases. For this year's inauguration, they compiled their coverage into an All About: "U.S. Presidential Inauguration," collection. It has 67 stories about President Obama's inauguration with links to videos and or photos on most of the stories. What is also particularly helpful about this page is that you can actually search within the collection of articles. Check it out at: http://topics.cnn.com/topics/u_s_presidential_inauguration.

NPR Inauguration Coverage

I like the way that NPR lists the Inauguration coverage. An entire section of the website has been devoted to all things that were involved with the Inauguration, including the address, the balls and the large number of people on the mall. The best thing though is that because it is a radio based site, when you click on the story there is audio. So you get to listen to the stories and hear important things from that day which is more interesting than reading the same story that every other news site has.


New York Times- 2008 Election Coverage

For the 2008 Election, The New York Times created an Election Guide full of all the basic facts and information about the election. Visitors to the site can view the results, learn about the candidates and the issues, view the electoral map and discover more. This breaks down all the facts and makes it easier for readers to understand the 2008 Election.

Link: http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/election/?scp=4&sq=2008%20Presidential%20Election&st=cse

MSNBC Inauguration coverage

MSNBC has an extensive Web site dedicated to the inauguration. You can watch videos and follow along with the transcripts. My favorite part is the ability to click within the transcript to make the video play from that point. In addition to MSNBC TV, you can watch "Today," "Nightly News," and "Meet the Press." Plus, there is a map of the parade with blurbs about celebrations, individual stories and more. Several different polls also sit toward the bottom of the page.

WashingtonPost.com Inauguration Coverage

The WashingtonPost.com did some interesting things with its photos. Its panorama of the National Mall allows the viewer to drag the screen to see more of the National Mall and experience how many people were there to witness the inauguration. The WashingtonPost.com also threaded its photos from the day into a mosiac. This feature allows the viewer to zoom into individual photos from the day and zoom out to see a scene from President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.


Although hopeful, Ann Nixon Cooper, a 107-year-old African American never thought she would live to witness Barack Obama being sworn in as the first Black commander in chief. BET.com provides readers with a short article describing her feelings about this exciting day in her life.

Electing a black president is a step in the right direction for the African American community. I think it's really exciting to interview someone who has lived through the Civil Rights Movement and witnessed first-hand the struggle it has taken for the African American community to advance to this point in time. Although it's short, it is a nice feature story to have on the BET Web site.


Slate.com Inauguration Coverage

January 21st certainly was an historical day, but a person can only hear or read that word so many times before it's enough already. Enter Slate.com.

I love Slate because it tackles hard news topics but adds interesting twists to its coverage. Its inauguration coverage was no different. If you want to check out the site's full list of inauguration articles, there's a link at the bottom of this post.

With stories like "First Movers: How exactly will Obama get all his stuff into the White House?" and "Does the Kevlar Number Come in a French Cuff? Obama was wearing 'bullet-resistant clothing.' What's that?", the site gives readers answers to questions that simply aren't provided by other news sites.


NY Times- What's on your mind

The New York Times had this cool idea of letting their users type in one word to describe how they felt on the day of the election. They then illusrated the data with a "word train" where the most common words had larger fonts and were at the top of the page. You can categorize the words be McCain and Obama supporters or you can see them all. It was a simple way of displaying data but very interesting.



Resume package due on Wednesday

Reminder: Resume packages are due at the beginning of class Wednesday: Turn in to my folder on the x drive your last name folder, which will include your photos folder, your edited resume page, and a clips page or a photo montage page. Each page should link to the other (using just the file names in the link tags; full URLs will not work because the pages are not live yet. Please DO NOT PUT DRIVE LETTERS, such as h or x, in any of your links).

Both pages should include a banner at the top; they should also include copyright info and a back to top link.

You must work independently. You may not take layouts from other students.

The second page could link to published writing or broadcast samples --news clips, press releases, audio or video clips. Or the second page could be a montage of photos you've taken of friends, family or travel. The two pages, when linked together, must include at least one external link, a banner graphic created by you, and at least one photo. All links and navigation on your pages must work; all text must make sense and be written in AP style. Each factual mistake will result in a full letter-grade deduction, as will each broken link and broken image. Projects turned in late will lose a full letter grade for each day that they're late. This should be something you'd be proud to show a prospective employer.

Unreadable pages (because of bad color choices for fonts or backgrounds) will result in an automatic F. Text on both pages should follow AP style for print throughout.