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Birmingham reporters cover Langford trial with Twitter

Trial coverage to a big step forward in October, thanks to a federal judge and tech-savvy reporters. During the corruption trial of then Birmingham mayor Larry Langford, Twitter became a primary source of live updates throughout the eight days in session.

Federal law prohibits broadcasting from within the courtroom. And a sign just outside the courtroom instructs that cell phones must be turned off. But Judge Scott Coogler allowed members of the media to use their phones to send updates to their Twitter accounts. Continue reading

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Birmingham media in 2009: nasty, brutish and long

The year was especially tough as more than 100 media professionals lost their jobs. Plus, all the headlines from 2009. Continue reading