sarahdelilah wrote:Ben, good point about our (Ken's and mine/Barista Mag) live coverage of the Nordic Barista Cup (NBC). Just for your info, here's how it went down: the NBC Organization places high value on the availability of live information and photos throughout the event, as they realize not everyone can attend, and those around the world who would like to be involved on a virtual level want access. They actually contract me and Ken to attend the event -- we're there working for the NBC; our job for those days is to cover the event, and we both spend 10-12 hours solid doing this and only this. It's super smart of the NBC, as the sponsors love the fact that while they may only be reaching 200 people at the event in person, they are reaching countless others through the coverage. I really wish this kind of thing was a priority for the SCAA as well. Maybe someday.
Just want to say a complete Amen to the above.
sarahdelilah wrote:I'm sending a shout out to Mark Prince for his reporting work throughout the SCAA for the (how many years has it been now?) that he's been doing it. He's right -- it's a near impossible job, especially given the frustrating logistics that always seem to be in play, and he deserves props for what he is able to accomplish.
Thanks Sarah, I really appreciate that!
Also, it gives me a chance to say sorry for something. I'm reading my comments over a day later now, and yeah, I am being dismissive and whiny in my own way with them. I know what it's like to get live blogging - and I know how seriously cool it is. Today I had a discussion with my programmer and we're thinking about things we can do for next year that may make all a bit happier with live, as it happens coverage.
One thing I had built into CG, but we didn't use this year is the ability to email in a blog entry. I haven't used it for a couple of years now, and I should have. It's limited to sending one picture, one title, and the blog entry (with no ability to timestamp - the time of the email is the timestamp), but that is something we could have used, with our cell phones on the show floor - text msg the website. My doh! moment.
I guess I'm trying to say that I hear the complaints, and instead of being dismissive and defensive about the workload, next year, I'll try better, or maybe have something brand new for presenting trade show "up to the minute" reports.