Here in Buenos Aires, I often feel a little disconnected from the Canadian journalism scene. Outside of Tweets and occasional conversations with journalist friends, I have no idea what’s going on behind the stories.
Enter the Canadian Association of Journalism’s conference – and their liveblogs covering it. The organization was on fire April 27-29, pushing out about 40 liveblogs over the course of the weekend.
From my South American abode, I could catch the highlights of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s keynote address. I could attend the awards and gala banquet, and I could even read what was overheard.
The team of livebloggers used photos, audio, text and polls to connect people with the conference. They pulled in Tweets and used their smart phones.
CAJ aren’t the only ones using real-time media as a link to professionals in their field. In October, Journalism Interactive placed a liveblog widget on their site, covering their conference through it. Their liveblog included everything from a conference map to question callouts on Twitter.
ScribbleLive digital journalism specialist Dana Lacey spent her April bouncing from conference to conference, as well, helping people cover their events with real-time media.TechRaking is one example. Collab/Space is another. She also attended Ink & Beyond, helping with their liveblog of the event.
If you’re hoping to see a conference in action, the Ontario Centres for Excellence will also be using ScribbleLive to give people real-time coverage of the floor at their Discovery 12 conference today and tomorrow. They’ll be using a hashtag to pull in Tweets, as well as providing live posts of the event.