Soon after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday night, news sites provided detailed break-downs of the president’s remarks and found creative ways to help the public make sense of them.
PBS NewsHour, for instance, produced a remarkable analysis of Obama’s speech. The annotated feature breaks the speech into bite-sized clips with links to resources for people who want to learn more about that specific topic. It’s pretty brilliant.
The New York Times juxtaposed the speech with people’s reaction to it on Facebook and Twitter. Readers can toggle from one to the other topic-by-topic. I have to say, I have never seen anybody do this before, and I think it’s a great feature that really helps serve the public. The time line at the top of the page lets readers/viewers find individual parts of the speech. Talk about interactivity.
National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” asked correspondents to drill down on specific and important topics to provide a sort of truth-test for some of the main issues Obama addressed. They asked, for example, whether a spending freeze can really save $1 trillion. Listen to what NPR did and ask yourself how you could use techniques like this for your mayor’s state of the city speech or your governor’s state of the state address.
The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times’ PolitiFact highlighted quotes from the address and then looked at how true they were.