I am into polls.
They are a journalist's friend. They are easy to create and they make it easy for readers to participate.
Here are some ways I have used polls lately:
1. To check in with my features advisory board, and to plan meetings:
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Used: Facebook polls in a private group.
2. To get reader input on which articles I should submit to journalism contests:
And yes, in the left column there is a picture of me with a foam sword and shield. Deal with it.
Oh, and in case you are wondering which story won (by 80 percent of the meager number of votes), it's "The Go-Nowhere Generation."
3. For content for an article. This helped me write a fall fashion trends 2012 story (and also make wardrobe priorities):
Note: What programs do you use for making surveys online? I don't think Pollcode is perfect, but it works, is free and is simple. I am looking for a free survey that allows you to add pictures and hyperlinks that open in a new window. Know of any?