INTERACTIVE CAMPAIGN FINANCE: October Quarterly Reports for Missouri races
The Quarterly Reports featured here are the first installment in an election season project to compile and produce graphical reports on the campaign finance earnings and expenditures of 33 candidates for 14 state and local races.
While none of the reporting bears my name, I feel the project is important to include in my portfolio because I took responsibility for developing its system of execution. I unofficially spearheaded the undertaking to assist public life editor Scott Swafford.
Leading up to production night (when all candidates’ quarterly campaign finance reports were due to the Missouri Ethics Commission), I prepared training resources for our team of Public Life reporters, coordinated work sessions with infographics TA Christina Trester and news applications developer Steve Rich, and assisted communications with the copy desk. On production night, I led the public life team through the process of downloading reports, entering data and proofing each other’s work. I stayed in touch with the graphics and copy desks throughout the night, and stayed up late (as did Scott Swafford) proofing the published graphics.
On production night, we became aware of various abnormalities in the reporting procedures of various candidates. I worked with Scott Swafford and Christina Trester to triage the most accurate, thorough and timely way to report the data, despite discrepancies in several candidates’ reporting methods and periods.
Following production night, I communicated with all parties to brainstorm and catalog any potential improvements to the process. I implemented all of those changes in time for the next campaign finance report night, two weeks later.
The following links bring you to The Missourian’s published graphical and database reporting — the handiwork of several individuals in the newsroom who deserve full credit for their work.
The links here bring you to some of the documentation I created in the process of building the system that would make the above work possible in a very short time.