ABA: Covering courts via Twitter

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Presentation for judges panel at the American Bar Association National Meeting in Chicago, July 31, 2009. This was a presentation about how I use Twitter and multimedia to cover trials.


<p>Covering the courthouse with twitter, video </p> <p>Covering the courthouse with twitter, video 21st Century NewsRead all about itbut where?There were 2,036 U.S. daily newspapers in 1923There were 1,877 in 1940. 1,422 in 2007 Newspaper revenue is at its lowest points since 1929 Production costs are at all-time high</p> <p>www.news.com9.5 percent each for local Yellow Pages and TV, 2.1 percent for radio 40 percent of Americans now say they get most of their national and international news online. Local newspapers get 26.9 percent of local ad revenue</p> <p>Trial Twitter</p> <p>This is what I do</p> <p>Public reaction I now understand the justice system better"I'm addicted I found myself checking in a couple of times per day just to read your postings. Due to my schedule, I do not always get to spend time each morning reading the paper and rely on online news during the day.</p> <p>This was yet another great use for 2.0 tools!Emerging journalism formsVideos, audio, slide showsBlogsJosh Marshalls Talking Points memo leads coverage of firings of U.S. Attorneys</p> <p>Link journalism</p> <p>Provides transparency - example</p> <p>MultimediaCourt coverage in multimediaFinding the missing girl: audio slide show from testimony, court exhibits</p> <p>Video blog series Common LawOnline lingoA repeated tweet. Abbreviation: RTVerb form of Twitter. To tweet</p> <p>Tweet:DMDirect message, sent so only that person can see it.RetweetWhat the hell? WTH? I didnt understand that ruling.OHOverheard: OH in the courthouse elevator</p> <p>LOLLaughing out loudOMGOh my GOD!WTHWTF?</p>