By midnight the big election was over, as was our meta newsroom experiment. The pizza was gone and major networks had called it for Obama. As Lauren Fedor reported, Twittter announced that the president’s own tweet from earlier in the evening was the most re-tweeted in the site’s history. It said simply, “Four more years.”

You cannot argue that mastering these wonderful digital tools is in any way easy. Yet elections, in a way— with their readymade data, strict timeline, and familiar maps—are easy targets for them.

The president—and the country—face daunting challenges, and deadlines are approaching. It would be great to see more of the best of these digital journalistic tools, combined with rigorous reporting and clear analysis, brought to bear on the messy and complex issues that lie ahead.

Earlier versions of this story included a couple of misspellings: It is Henry Gass (not Glass) and Luke Hammill (not Hamill). CJR regrets the errors.

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Mike Hoyt was CJR's executive editor from 2001 to 2013, teaches at Columbia's Journalism School and is the editor of The Big Roundtable, a startup that is a home for narrative writing.