A virtual seat in the courtroom
Posted at 4:05 PM on February 16, 2007 by Melanie Sommer (1 Comments)
I check in regularly with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online, mainly because it's my hometown. But also because they have a darn good Web site.
The JS is staffing a pretty sensational murder trial going on in eastern Wisconsin, where a man named Steven Avery is accused of killing a woman and burning her body to hide the evidence. Their reporter in the courtroom is blogging the trial, so readers can get a running commentary on how the trial is progressing. The blog covers the witness testimony, the evidence, and the strategy that both attorneys are employing to prove their cases. It's very informative.
I haven't seen too much of this type of trial coverage myself to this point, but I imagine it's just a matter of time. Brings up an interesting question, though, about whether bloggers -- who are not reporters affiliated with a media organization -- could/should be able to blog from a courtroom as well. Thoughts?
Apparently it worked well at the Libby trial, where a blogger consortium negotiated two seats for a rotating bunch of bloggers to cover the trial. For those obsessed with such matters, it provides info and minutiae that more general media might overlook.
Posted by Hal Davis | February 21, 2007 6:21 PM