I’m a little late in writing about this one, but it’s worth posting about the second iteration of our mayoral guide that we launched for the general election. (You may remember V1, which we launched for the primary).
Version 2 featured candidates Ed Murray and Mike McGinn side-by-side, with the ability to easily compare their backgrounds and issue stances. We brought the two candidates in to be photographed specifically for this guide, which was the first time we’ve ever done a photoshoot for a news app!
The bar charts pull in data about campaign financing, breaking down the totals by inside Seattle vs. outside. We also have a neighborhood breakdown view (created in Tableau), which shows you the amounts against a map.
The individual profile pages show you biographical information at a glance, stances on issues, a biography (complete with childhood photos), campaign finance data and financial disclosures.
The app was built in django, off our elections app that we previously wrote about. It works off a custom template for the race page, then reuses many of the blocks from the primary guide for the profile pages. This year’s general election results fed into the same app, using the same templates and mostly the same scraper from the primary. Yay for resusability.
The goal of the app was to help readers understand the nuances in the views of two seemingly similar candidates. Both tend to align on a surface level on many issues, but have different paths for getting the end result. Big shoutout to Emily Heffter for doing the bulk of the reporting (and inputting the data into the django admin!), John Lok for the photos and Dean Kramer (who recently left The Seattle Times :’( for the development. As usual, I did the project management and design.