Reporters when going to council meetings or similar public events can set a web story live beforehand, highlighting high-profile agenda points, including details of coverage e.g. live-tweeting plus linking directly to meeting agenda or related documents online.
a) chance for public to engage earlier, ask questions – may highlight more interest in a lesser agenda item
b) highlights our coverage/live tweeting, and
c) saves some time for post-meeting update
Live tweet before (to promote coverage) and during the event, tips:
- Only the main points are needed, add some colour, but keep serious in the main
- Important to add context where possible,names/organisations/subject titles
- Always highlight and correct a mistake – delete offending tweet if it would cause confusion/legal issue
- Remember each tweet stands alone, this is helped by using a pre-agreed hashtag,
- e.g. #pborocc for all Peterborough City Council meetings – make sure this relatively short, and is unique/doesn’t conflict with similar choices
- The hashtag then enables followers to comment specifically on the meeting and the news team can then collate them efficiently afterwards, eg. to produce a Storify where suitable
May well not be time to respond/field questions at the time, although were checking mentions to help spot any errors.
Always good practice to respond to followers reasonable questions – even if after the event, even en masse where relevant