This week look at innovative election-night ideas from NPR and USA Today, and we see how social media tools have reshaped breaking news coverage at Mashable and The Weather Channel.

PART 1: Election night ideas

On the night of the last election, many news outlets tried new approaches to delivering results and keeping audiences engaged. We hear details about two such experiments: USA Today’s use of the messaging app Yo, and NPR’s 2014 Election Party.

Reporting by Allison Prang.

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The overall idea behind NPR’s experiment was to centralize its coverage “in an expanded version built for television and optimized for Google Chromecast,” as explained in this press release.

PART 2: Social tools in breaking news

Social media offer newsrooms a way to share and to obtain news — and also to keep it organized. Brian Ries of Mashable and Renee Desjardins of The Weather Channel explain how their organizations use social media to stay on top of events coverage in interesting ways.

Reporting by Katy Mersmann, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.

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