Midterm Election Live Blog/Chat

From time to time VOA does these webcast events. We stream them on our website and then they disappear forever. For this one I wanted to try to spice it up and give it a little more staying power (since there is SO much time and effort that goes into creating them) with a live blog/live chat.

I recruited two other reporters (one who was actually in the studio and one who is a seasoned analyst and has anchored election coverage in the past) to contribute. Here are the results:

It was my first side being on the producer’s side of CoveritLive and I have to say, it was a great vehicle for this. It’s so easy to administer these. Plus, as you can see, I queued up a bunch of links in advance using the CiL dashboard and was able to send them out really quickly when the panelists were discussing that topic.

Since we’d never done something like this before, I didn’t expect a lot of participation in the chat component of the live blog/live chat. That was the impetus for making it a live blog as well – that way if no one came to chat, at least it wouldn’t be a total bust. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see a couple of people ask questions or make comments. But I think if there is a next time, we should do tons more promotion and do the chat in a way that is more viral and breeds participation.

I’ve got some more analysis of how this went, which, looking at it again, might be a little rosy. You can judge for yourself if you decide to read it.

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