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Moseley Braun disappears—on her Facebook page

26 Feb

By Megan Ashley

Facebook proved to be a popular campaign tool during Chicago’s mayoral election. Candidates used the social media platform to reach voters, contact volunteers, share pictures and educate potential supporters.

You might even say it predicted the winner: Rahm Emanuel had 59,897 followers on Tuesday, with Gery Chico at 5,036, Miguel del Valle 4,250 and Carol Moseley Braun 1,646.

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Gery Chico’s social media blitz

26 Jan

By Len Kody

Since the game-changing news came Monday that front-runner Rahm Emanuel’s name might be removed from February’s municipal election ballot, Gery Chico has been running a Caleb Haine-style, hurry-up, no-huddle social media offense to capitalize on what has become a whole new ball game in the campaign for mayor of Chicago.

The Chico team kicked off a busy week on their YouTube channel with a video of the candidate mixing it up with tailgaters in the Soldier Field parking lot before Sunday’s NFC Championship Bears-Packers game.

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Wonder how Mike Royko would have treated election? Try his Facebook page

28 Dec

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the second segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.

Would Mike Royko have embraced new technology?

Well, it’s been over 12 years since he wrote his last column, but he does have a Facebook page.

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3 Chicago mayor hopefuls flunk early online campaign test

6 Nov

If you can’t judge a book by its cover, can you judge a Chicago mayoral campaign by its Web site? Some candidates better hope that isn’t the case.

This being the computer age, DePolitics1011.com took an early sampling of how the seven most prominently-mentioned hopefuls are embracing new technology. Four have launched campaign-dedicated websites: Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle, Rahm Emanuel and Carol Moseley Braun. Three get good reviews, while one barely gets a passing grade.

Meanwhile, Danny Davis, Ricky Hendon and Rev. James Meeks completely flunk this early test as none of them have much of an online presence at all.

Here are the observations:

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Live at NBC 5: Behind the scenes on busy election night

3 Nov

Ally Clark—a DePaul University journalism major and intern at NBCChicago.com—recounts her Election Night experience.

Part of the job description for Alexandra Clark, an intern this Fall assisting NBCChicago.com’s managing editor, reads: Must have computer and typing skills, good judgment, writing ability, creativity and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

On Election Night, all of that and more were required working in the fastest-growing segment of the journalism industry. Here is Alexandra’s account of the four hours leading to the 10 o’clock news and beyond.

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Simon armed with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, lucky charm

25 Oct

Sheila Simon—wearing her "lucky charm"—speaks to a DePaul University journalism class about her campaign as Lt. Governor of Illinois on Monday, October 18, 2010. (Photo by Kevin Sherman)

By Megan Ashley

They say everybody’s got a good luck charm and Sheila Simon, the Democratic candidate for Illinois Lt. Governor, wore hers around her neck when she spoke to students at DePaul University.

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