Jacques Poitras over at the CBC has brought political journalism in New Brunswick into real time. He live tweets (twitters?) from the Legislature when it is sitting. The Spin Reduxit blog is also a reflective look at the politics of the day.
I realize this is a hard mix to balance for journalists. They are already under deadline pressure from the traditional publishing side but I think it would provide interesting incremental value for journalists to be tweeting out relevant insights on key stories in real time. Does it add massive value – particularly to the mass public? Probably not – but we live in a real time culture now. We order our TV when we want. We listen, read and watch when we want so why not have commentary on David Alward’s troubles up North in real time?
That suits me just fine.
As a side note, I was a Page in the legislature the first year that the CoR party was there. It was a raucous time for all. Between Vroom Vroom, big Liz Weir (she was taller than virtually all the MLAs) and Danny Cameron and the Boys you had an unlimited source of real time tweeting material. Imagine if we had these technologies then. My interesting in politics and the process of politics stems from that time.