Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This ain't your grandfather's Supreme Court confirmation hearing

There are plenty of places to follow the most-discussed news story of the week on YouTube. Every major YouTube news partner is uploading videos on the Sotomayor confirmation hearing, but one news organization is taking a unique new direction. The Associated Press is uploading clips of the hearing every day, but they're also live-blogging the hearing with a new Twitter account set up just the hearing - ap_courtside (one wonders if they'll use this for future high-profile court cases as well). And, they're keeping a more extensive live-blog going on their Yahoo News blog, here.

But perhaps most interestingly, the AP is asking for citizen feedback on the hearing on the site Mixed Ink. There, you can login to the AP's thread to make your own case for or against Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, and you can use the collaborative editing tools to work with others on your "case".

The AP is YouTube's most prolific news partner, uploading hundreds of videos per week. Let's see if they can direct their hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers to these new methods of coverage.


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