The Birmingham Post today will become the first UK newspaper to cover an event by both broadcasting live video on the internet and by blogging.
The newspaper will use technology from liveblogging website CoverItLive and video site Bambuser for The Big Debate, which will take place at the International Convention Centre from 12.30pm.
The free event, entitled Digital Revolution: More Power or Powerless?, is part of the New Generation Arts Festival.
The Birmingham-based festival, which launched last Thursday, is in its third year and seeks to promote young emerging talent in the region and raise the city’s cultural credentials on a national scale.
The Big Debate will be chaired by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones and the panel will include music industry expert Chris Cooke, Anthony Rose, head of the BBC’s iPlayer project; Doug Williams, project director for BT and The Birmingham Post’s digital journalist Joanna Geary.
Readers who are unable to attend the ICC can still submit questions and comments by logging on to birminghampost.net/liveblog.
These will then be put up on screen at the event.
The live video broadcast will be streamed from www.birminghampost.net/livevideo. This will be available to watch both during and after the event.
The Birmingham Post editor, Marc Reeves, said he hoped The Big Debate would be a launchpad for further digital developments at the newspaper. He said: “We believe this is the first time any UK newspaper has covered an event using both live video and live blogging.
“This is an extremely exciting project for us and we hope it will provide new ways for readers to get involved in both this and future debates.
“We also expect this to be the first of many digital innovations that The Post will launch over the coming months and years.”
You can join The Big Debate, “Digital Revolution: More Power or Powerless” in four ways:
* Attend the free event at the International Convention Centre from 12.30pm to 2.30pm today (see www.thebigdebatebirmingham.co.uk for more details).
* Receive updates and submit comments and questions to The Big Debate live blog at www.birminghampost.net/liveblog.
* Watch the live broadcast from 12.30pm today at www.birminghampost.net/livevideo
* Watch the video after the event at www.birminghampost.net/bigdebatevideo