Jessica Keating and Gina Dvorak win DFMie for live coverage

Workers compare vote-by-mail (yellow box) signatures with registration signatures in this picture from Jessica and Gina's Storify of how ballots were counted in the election last fall.
Headline: Beyond the ballot box: Journey of a San Bernardino County vote
Outlet: Los Angeles News Group
Journalist: Jessica Keating and Gina Dvorak
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Jessica Keating

Jessica Keating

Jessica Keating and Gina Dvorak win the DFMie for best live coverage of 2012 for their coverage of vote counting on election night for the San Bernardino Sun.

LANG Executive Editor Michael Anastasi explained in his nomination:

Voters know what it’s like to cast their ballots, but what happens after their ballot leaves its polling place? As part of our live online-only coverage, we followed the counting process live at the San Bernardino Registrar of Voters.

Judges explained why their coverage was a winner:

Not only was this an innovative use of Storify, it was multimedia-rich live coverage of a news event with behind-the-scenes photos, excellent context and it told a story. This was not your typical story about the voting process or going to the polls. It explored a new issue and gave readers a better understanding of the process. A hashtag was used to tie the conversation together. Very well done.

Other finalists for live coverage were:

  • Paul Rogers of the Bay Area News Group for an election liveblog.
  • The York Daily Record for organizing and covering a candidates’ night where candidates listened to the public, instead of talking.

Keating is an editorial writer and engagement editor for the Los Angeles News Group opinion team. She works primarily in the San Bernardino office of The Sun, where she has worked since 2005 in various roles, including stints as a courts reporter, assistant metro editor and features editor. Previously, she covered city government, crime and courts for the Ventura County Star in Ventura, Ca., and the Medford Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings in Oregon. She is a native Oregonian, and graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1997 with a bachelor’s in communications.

Gina Dvorak

Gina Dvorak

Dvorak was born, raised and educated in Nebraska — a Cornhusker through and through — earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998.

After a few years at Gannett papers in Marion, Ind., and Palm Springs, Calif., she began her career with the Los Angeles News Group in 2003. Initially hired as a page designer at the San Bernardino Sun, she became design editor for LANG’s three inland papers in 2005. After assisting with the transition of the design desk to a consolidated and centralized operation, she became the multimedia editor for those properties in 2010.

At the start of 2013, she was promoted as one of LANG’s Digital News Directors and recruited to serve on LANG’s Ethics and Futures committees. She is a member of the Digital First Media ideaLab, where she has been pursuing a project in data mapping, which fits nicely into her newest LANG editorial role: head of mobile, data and social media.

Their Storify of the vote counting is embedded below:

[View the story "Beyond the ballot box: Journey of a San Bernardino County vote" on Storify]

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