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#Podcast: How news outlets use live Q&As to engage the audience

January 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast
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News outlets and journalists have taken to a number of different platforms to host live Q&A chats with their community; from Twitter and Google+ Hangouts, to Quora and Reddit, as well as on their own websites using liveblogs or the article comment facility.

Just last week, for example, the Daily Post in North Wales launched a new weekly liveblog Q&A, which will feature a different expert each week who will answer questions on a given subject.

In this week’s podcast we look at some of the different approaches to live text-based Q&As and panel chats taken by news outlets and individual journalists, as well as gather some useful tips for running a successful Q&A.

We hear from:

  • Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news, Twitter
  • Chris Hamilton, social media editor, BBC News
  • Tom Standage, digital editor, the Economist
  • Kate Hodge, senior content co-ordinator, Guardian Careers

There are also a number of journalism-related Twitter chats run on a regular basis. Here is a list of 50 which may be of interest, compiled by

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