Friday, January 9, 2009
The courtroom now includes Twitter.
What? Twitter inside the courtroom?
Yes, it’s true. A Colorado judge recently approved the use of Twitter, and blogs, inside the courtroom to cover an infant-abuse trial.
Wichita Eagle (Kansas) reporter, Ron Sylvester, pushed for the court to allow the use of Twitter for his courtroom reporting.
Sylvester argued courts are open to the public and the process of reporting with Twitter is similar to writing a story for a newspaper. However, the major difference in the two mediums is the speed at which the information would be released (Twitter being more immediate).
This was not the first time Sylvester has reported via Twitter from inside the courtroom. In fact, Sylvester’s Twitter page seems to indicate he frequently reports from inside the courtroom using Twitter.
Lawyers should learn more about these new social media technologies because they are finding ways inside the courtroom. Judges are now, at least in Colorado, allowing reporters to use Twitter to report live. [Mark Godsey]