Apologies for the lack of bloggage this week, but I wanted to flag up a pretty special live blog which the Manchester Evening News carried out today.
In truth, the liveblog itself wasn’t that unusual – the MEN has married up Twitter with Coveritlive to provide instant coverage of council meetings for several months now.
Today, it was the turn of Manchester City Council, where reporter Deborah Linton (@deblinton) using Twitter to update on proceedings, which was in turn pulled into Coveritlive.
What was particularly interesting was the other people who picked up on the #mcc hashtag used by the paper.
Not only was Deborah tweeting, but the council’s press officer (@sharper76) who was also in the meeting, was tweeting as well. Along with eight different councillors (@mikeamesbury, @sjbracegirdle, @cllrpaulankers @hulmelabour, @smurph99, @hulmelabou, @rosabattle and @jackiepearcey.
Public comments via the MEN website were few and far between, but then again, it’s a political meeting taking place during the day. And I also think we often get a little too hung up over the number of comments we receive on liveblogs – as long as there is an audience there, then it’s worth doing.
And at a time when newspapers are often criticised for not covering councils properly, I think one paper may have come up with a quick, savvy way of getting breaking news from the council chamber out for public consumption quickly.