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How Different News Orgs and Websites Covered The State Of The Union Address

Planned political events like the annual State of the Union address aren’t the most compelling events to cover, but they can be a low-risk way to plan and test different coverage formats that you can later whip out for unpredictable breaking events. Below are a few of examples, ranging from Bing News to the Washington Post, of how various websites covered this year’s SOTU. The common theme: A live video stream and a live blog combined with some form of reader engagement. Many of the major sites also had a sponsor for their live coverage. Cha-ching!

NPR: Live audio stream with a live blog and live reader chat. 

I appreciated the live blog, though the discussion functionality at a national scale was a little disorienting. 

 

WhiteHouse.gov: An enhanced broadcast that contained realtime captions, charts, graphs and other data. Social media participation and behind the scenes galleries.

Obviously they had a bit of an access advantage, but I still appreciate how they take an out-of-the-box approach to a standard event. News organizations could steal this concept for after-the-fact video coverage recaps.

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Are You Ready for the State of the Union?

I’m all a-Twitter for tonight’s State of the Union address. Already, #SOTU is trending as media outlets and organizations prep for the big event. And, already, everyone is bemoaning, or planning drinking games, for the speech.

If you’re a cynic, it’s just more political theater. But if you, like me, are a political junkie, the State of the Union night is one whole awards season wrapped into an hour on C-Span. Provided Anonymous doesn’t hack the whole thing.

Like the Grammy’s or the Superbowl, I can’t wait to watch the event with the Twitter-verse. I won’t be sitting in a newsroom, but I’ll be trolling the #SOTU feed for my favorite journo friends’ take line-for-line.

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Twitter’s Reaction To The State of the Union In One Compelling Infographic

Last night, President Obama gave the 2012 State of the Union address, and Twitter users immediately took to the platform to livetweet their #SOTU reactions. Over at the Washington Post, Eric Wemple provides some interesting reasoning as to why Twitter is the perfect tool to complement live TV. His main argument is that Twitter is ideal for capturing the minutia–reaction shots, jokey asides–without interrupting the overall flow of the event. Twitter users seem to agree, considering the sheer amount of people tweeting about the event last night.

Twitter has put together an infographic to illustrate last night’s activity on the site, including this whopping number: 766,681 users tweeted between 9:05pm and 10:40pm with a State of the Union-related hashtag. Congress jumped in on the action, too: there were 548 total tweets from congressional members during the speech.

Check out the full infographic after the jump.

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