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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Election Night focuses on the Internet

It’s 1:30 a.m., way too late to be blogging for someone who’s been up since 6 a.m. and has to be back at this desk in seven hours. But we just wrapped up Election Night online coverage, and I wanted to tell you how proud I am of the way our staff turned around results for readers of and and followers on Twitter and Facebook.
A number of races were uncontested and several weakly contested – but some were hard-fought campaigns that could have gone either way till all the ballots were in. Keeping tabs on results kept reporters at their various campaign locations and the handful of editors at The Record and The Saratogian (Lisa Lewis, Chelsea Kruger, Paul Tackett, Lianne Kim and Karen Wallingford -- yes, you can count us on one hand) hopping from the time the polls closed till past midnight. We wanted to be able to tell you who won the local races, as well as what was happening nationally.
To be sure, it’s weird to publish print editions before the polls close. Even after a couple of election cycles with the deadline, I don’t like having a morning paper without last night’s results. But that did free us tonight to concentrate on being where most readers are: on the Internet.

As for the campaigns: I’d like to say kudos to all the candidates who cared enough about their community, state and country to run for office; and congratulations to those who won. I’m so glad the robo-calls and mailings will be on hold for a few months. And I’m glad to say that I picked some winners when I voted Tuesday morning.


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