On Monday (July 13) Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will take part in a public question and answer session with a difference.
Clegg will respond to questions solicited via a range of social media sites in a livestreamed event – something that the politician himself has described as changing ‘the way we do politics’.
The event is the latest in a series of sessions subjecting high-profile figures in the world of politics and business to social media scrutiny – but previous participants, including Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Bob Zoellick, used the q&a session as a follow-up to a speech. Clegg will just be responding to questions from the public and online audience.
Journalism.co.uk is going to co-host part of the proceedings – it’s a great opportunity for us to see how Reuters runs these events and why and how they are opening it up/distributing it in this way.
How to get involved:
According to Reuters, nothing is off limits. If you want to put a question to Clegg before or during the event, you can:
Clegg has posed some questions of his own on 12 Seconds; or perhaps you’d like to challenge his statements on the war in Afghanistan?
How to follow the event:
There will be a live video stream of the event on the Journalism.co.uk Editors’ blog and on the Reuter’s hosting page. You can also follow some of the event on the Reuters New Editors Twitter channel.
Journalism.co.uk will attempt to aggregate some of the tweets around the event as well as featuring coverage on @journalism_live.
Any other suggestions of how you’d like us to cover it – please chip in.