Friday, July 10, 2009

The Associated Press tries courtside crowdsourcing Sotomayor coverage

As news organizations roll out their coverage plans for Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings next week, some interesting innovation is coming from a player some critics have labeled stodgy: the Associated Press. AP is promising readers insider access to the toughest ticket in Washington with the Twitter feed AP_Courtside. Some tweets will respond to reader questions and suggestions, while others will link to AP blog coverage on Yahoo News or to the news agency’s traditional content. Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is AP’s promise that readers will “direct our coverage.” Though the Yahoo blog won’t be up until hearings begin next Monday, the Twitter feed is already soliciting reader feedback:
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