The Convergence Point

Because Story is independent of medium

Why Live?

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The six o’clock deadline died when television invaded American homes in a barrage of flickering light. Some say radio killed the evening deadline.

The Internet dug up its bones, and killed it again. 

Now, we’re dealing with a system when readers demand news at any given second, of any given hour, of any given day. When the paper comes off the press now shapes only part of that, it’s just one instant in the cycle.

The constant news demand drives newspapers to invent method of immediate “press.”  For the GDT, that’s the “breaking news” feature for the website, which works for stories, but it’s not enough.

I live-blogged the Manchester Town Meeting last week. Readers said it made the meeting “interesting.” I wanted to make the instant minutia of that meeting available to readers not at town meeting. That left me with a question.

If making a town meeting live to the other 2/3 of the voting population worked, why not do it for ordinary selectmen’s meetings?

People don’t go to them, or aren’t able. Tweeting them lets us get what happened at a meeting out, regardless if we’d do a full story on it.

It’s content, and it’s a service.

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Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

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  1. “Content”?
    Don’t let McElhenny see that, lol.
    I think watching the witter feed of the meeting was very interesting even though I don’t have a vested interested interest in Manchester but I wonder if people that don’t have that Manchester connection might get annoyed at the clogging of their Twitter stream and then the author would alienate and like people which might otherwise be interested in reading his general media observations. A fine line to walk I suppose.
    A different platform for covering live events is coveritlive. Not sure the general public is ready for it but IMO its a much better platform for covering a live event.

    Joey C

    April 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

  2. Here’s the url if you want to look into it-
    http://www.coveritlive.com/
    The Boston Derby Dames use it to broadcast their bouts.
    Like I said though, the older population who is most likely to be interested in what is going on at the Town Meeting may not be at the level of technology acceptance to use coveritlive. I’ve been dragging our local restaurants, artists and businessmen to use social media by their teeth and for anyone over 50 to embrace it feels like pulling a ten ton beached whale to water. There are some that get it but they are the exception, not the rule. Over time this will obviously change when the older folks are gone and the younger Facebook and Twitter generations replace them.

    Joey C

    April 8, 2011 at 7:05 am


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