Mark Briggs compares and contrasts the use of liveblogging to cover two different trials: the first in 2007 covered by the Bakersfield Californian; the second by Jason Trahan over the past year for the Dallas Morning News:
Trahan used his laptop and iPhone to cover the trial via a closed-circuit feed in an overflow room at the courthouse. The Dallas Bar Association specifically praised his trial blog coverage when handing him an award for legal reporting, and he also was named the paper’s 2009 Beat Reporter of the Year.
He said blogging throughout the day forced him to be more mentally focused during testimony, which then allowed him to “mine” from his blog entries at the end of the day while writing his newspaper stories.
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