The most fruitful conversations I’ve had with readers online have been about the obscure stuff: Congressional redistricting, state legislative hearings and other things not covered extensively by state and local media. I’m a big believer in giving readers a platform not just to vent about Barack Obama and the Tea Party, but to ask questions to the people who can get them answers from government.
So that’s how I go about political coverage. I’ve covered a presidential race, a Senate special election, a governor’s race and two district attorney races as a blogger, video journalist and producer. I’ve created story packages and live debates that were able to cut through the soundbites and provide context in real-time, incorporating questions from real-life voters into the debate process.
I’ve filed election night dispatches via SMS, blogged from the field and cut videos on the fly. I’m also the main contributor to The Fray, MassLive.com’s politics blog, where I’ve written extensively about the 2010 governor’s race, Congressional redistricting and national politics, combining aggregation, original reporting and engagement with readers on the issues of the day.