Think C-Span is dry? Their online coverage of the political conventions is anything but

If you haven’t checked out what C-Span is doing with the Democratic Convention, you’re missing some exciting journalism.

The convention hub includes not only the videos you’d expect, but also blogs from nearly every state and Twitter feeds from just about everybody on the convention floor.

Project manager Leslie Bradshaw of New Media Strategies explains the concept and how it’s different from what other news media outlets:

“While some news organizations will be promoting their own content and looking to partner with online giants, C-SPAN is taking it to the people …

“That’s right folks, we are linking to state bloggers, national bloggers, news-affiliate-bloggers, Utterz users, Qik’ers, Twitter’ers … as long as we can get our hands on the content and it is relevant to the conventions at hand, we will work to feature it. Think about the kind of implications this has from both an efficiency-of-information-market as well as a sociological perspective — folks who may have never been interested in the conventions but who love technology can be turned on to one through the other.”

C-Span is providing a universe of different voices, some professional journalists, others citizen journalists, reporting through a variety of media.

Follow Leslie on Twitter to look behind the scenes of this innovative coverage.  They’ll  be doing the same for the Republic National Convention next week.

While you’re at it, also check out DNC Journalists on Twitter, an aggregation of professional “tweeters” compiled by Steve Myers at Poynter.

Forget, just for a bit, this is a major convention with a press corps of 10,000 journalists. There are some great ideas here newsrooms could adopt for their own local “major events.”

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