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Oct 14, 2009

Update on Courtroom Tweeting

I'm a little late to this one, due to following @abcmarkscott around. Twitterers will already have this news. For the rest of you, further to my

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I’m a little late to this one, due to following @abcmarkscott around. Twitterers will already have this news. For the rest of you, further to my Crikey email story on the Twitter reporting of the iinet trial in Sydney. I blogged earlier today that it appeared the Australian’s Andrew Colley was no longer Twittering.  Later came this confirmation, from Tech Marketing reporter Phil Sim, that The Australian pulled the plug.

Stuart Kennedy, editor of The Australian IT told Tech Marketing’s sister site ITJourno that the newspaper had made the decision to discontinue the live tweeting from the iiNet courtroom, pending a wider analysis of the potential risks and benefits of using the micro-blogging platform to cover such stories.

“We’re looking at all of the legal issues around tweeting from a courtroom and on a production level, looking at how we can maximise our reporters’ efforts in terms of making use of those tweets on our website,” Kennedy said.

The piece goes on to refer to my original Crikey article, although Kennedy claims not to have read it.:-(

Meanwhile, the issue of Twitter Court Reporting has made the  Canadian Lawyers’ Weekly and ReadWriteWeb.

ZDNet’s Liam Tung continues the Twitter reporting of the current Federal Court copyright case, with the reports and the responses under the hash tag #iitrial.

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Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

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