The New Haven Register launches The Citizens’ Agenda

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When Digital First Media announced a partnership to create Citizens’ Agenda, Angi Carter was excited. Carter, a community engagement editor at the NHR, didn’t want to wait to get a handle on what the local electorate was thinking. In order to find out, the NHR has a soft launch underway with an issues poll using a Google form and plans to augment stories with public forums, chats and debates with questions fielded from the public.

Six staffers formatted the poll, getting it in sync with Newsys and packaged the text with it for online and print presentations on Dec. 21 and Dec. 25. Middletown Press, The Register Citizen and Litchfield County Times also published it. The story was promoted on social media and during a live chat. The paper has launched Senate and House race Facebook pages and a blog. NHR has 147 responses and 38 people willing to participate in public forums.

Carter would encourage other publications to introduce the Citizens’ Agenda partnership and seek input from the voters on what issues are important. She also said to pay attention to social media presence around political coverage.

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Using ScribbleLive technology to cover severe weather in the Denver-area

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Screenshot: The introduction to The Denver Post's live blog

In covering a snowstorm, The Denver Post used a free trial of the live-blog tool ScribbleLive. The idea came to Social Media Editor Dan Petty after he was impressed with other news organization live-blogging efforts.

Petty curated Tweets using the #COwx hashtag and searched for “Colorado snow,” “Denver snowstorm,” etc. He pulled from Facebook

Screenshot: The Denver Post used ScribbleLive to capture weather news live

posts, news organizations, bloggers and The Denver Post used their own content. All the content was posted in a live-blog with traffic coming from a main story. The Denver Post encouraged readers to submit photos through a Google submission form, attached live radars and widgets.

Six different reporters contributed, the blog got more than 300 shares on Facebook, was retweeted 137 times and had a dozen comments. The blog got a total of 5,581 page views.

Petty said for other newsrooms experimenting, have multiple contributors.