Prosecutor Patel said Zullo and others “engaged in what might seem to have been a game to them” to wait outside #Latino biz and intimidate.
— Mark Zaretsky (@markzar) February 14, 2012
Today, the practice is routine among its reporters, and in some cases has replaced the old system of a reporter dictating details of an important breaking news story by phone to an editor back at the office.
When two East Haven police officers appeared in federal court February 14 on charges of harassing and racially profiling Latino residents, reporter Mark Zaretsky live-tweeted the details. In addition to readers who follow Zaretsky’s Twitter account to keep up with East Haven, also following along back in the New Haven newsroom was Managing Editor Mark Brackenbury.
In real time, Brackenbury used Zaretsky’s tweets to continuously update a story about the court appearance on the New Haven Register’s home page.
The effect was to provide one of the fastest-reported breaking news stories imaginable.
For other stories, including the trial this past year of Hayes’ co-defendant in the triple murder case, the Register has used Cover It Live to embed a reporter’s Tweet stream, basically providing a live blog of the event.