Session 4 – Global Systems, Watchdogs and What Comes Next


  • DLs
  • Book Reviews
  • Discussion
  • Lunch
  • ElectionEye session (short)
  • FactCheckWA session (long)
  • Goals for next week (finals week)



Session 3, Digital electioneering and advocacy


  • Importance of primary documents
  • DLs – Amber and Linda
  • Examples, issues related to advocacy
  • Lunch
  • ElectionEye session
  • FactCheckWA session
  • Goals for Aug 11


Is UWEE really an example of Digital Democracy?


Would it be possible to lead a short but important discussion on Saturday about my experience as a first time poster on UWEE?   As my article on Orcas Island went from my hands, up the chain of command to final posting this Monday morning, it took on a much different meaning.  Most frustrating is that between the time you and I finalized on Saturday morning and the time of posting, the headline was changed and several other changes were made that I think had a substantial impact on my original, approved story line.

As an example:

(1) I was accused of writing a pro-LGBT article.  But when the editor tried to make the article more balanced and politically correct, the words and meaning ceased to become mine.  (I would never refer to people who support using the term marriage equality as political progressives – that makes it seem like fringe thinking).

2) I was told that the words marriage equality were “loaded words”.  I wonder if the article had been about race — would the words racial equality be viewed as “loaded”?

3) When I was told by one editor that I should site the name and hyperlink for a politically conservative group on the island as a way to be more factual, the senior editor took out the reference completely.  Was being factual now too controversial for the editor?

As a way to learn about how the process works, and to be better prepared for my next article, I think it would be a great exercise to (1) review my first draft; (2) the draft you and I agreed on Saturday morning; and (3) the final post.

Election Eye is billed on the Seattle Times site as a blog.  I never expected censorship (changing an author’s written word and intent without his/her approval) as the role of an election blog.

(By the way Cohorts, none of the edits or feedback I am challenging was driven from Kathy).

Let me know if we can carve out 20 minutes or so for an enlightening conversation.



Session 2, eGovernment


  • Framing : fact-checking
  • DLs – Dora and Eric
  • Examples, issues related to eGovernment
  • Lunch
  • ElectionEye story session w/Thor
  • FactCheckWA session
  • Work time
  • Goals for July 28 : Digital Advocacy and Electioneering


Session 1, Introduction, Political Systems


  • Introductions
  • Syllabus review
  • Guest speaker: Anita on UW Election Eye
  • Fact-checking
  • Political systems and government agencies
  • Discuss: class projects
  • Sign-up: discussion leader sessions

UW Election Eye

Note for UW Election Eye guest lecture.


week 10 – where do we go from here?


  • Housekeeping
  • Guest speaker: Jeff Shuey
  • Discussion leader (reading discussion) : Dan
  • WikiLeaks and the future of secrecy


week 9 – What Next For Political Journalism?

One of the democratic institutions under great financial stress due to digital technologies is journalism. What might the future of political journalism look like? How do citizen journalists develop the “credibility” needed to have access “to power”? Who frames the messages?


week 8 – eGovernment and access

How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What about the digital divide and other marginalized populations?

Given that I don’t think we’ll be together more than a couple of hours, I’m delaying the start to 7 pm. Fingers crossed that they will be home by then. Whether or not, we will start then.

In that intervening hour, why don’t you take the time to read one another’s recent posts and comment … practice a little asynchronous communication. :-)


week 7 – eGovernment

eGovernment – Part 1
How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What does this mean for citizens and public officials?  Specifically, how has Washington employed these technologies to enhance citizen deliberation?

  • Guest Speaker: Sarah Schacht, Founder, director of Knowledge As Power & Open Gov West, @sarahschacht
  • Discussion leader:  Gary