Two days a week I’m the producer and host for the Statesman Journal online sports shows. A third I livestream a high school football game compete with CoverItLive chat.
So it’s a little sad to see 702.tv, a video project of the Las Vegas Sun, go down.
In the post at Poynterinked above, the Spokesman Review’s Colin Mulvany noted “I’ve never seen a newspaper-produced TV show on the Web that has ever been successful.” As much as it pains me to say so, me either.
At the Statesman I’ve produced two high school shows and a college show to go with the Friday night football and there hasn’t been one that has really taken off. Recently though I’ve had one project that has given me a little bit of hope.
This is our first year of incorporating CoverItLive into our high school football livestream. The first few weeks went by without much interaction at all outside a few people noting when the video or audio of the feed was having some problems.
The past few weeks (which not coincidentally I believe came with the two biggest games in our league this year) we have had a number of comments and questions and even, God forbid, commenters* talking with each other.
*Sorry for the Pozterisk, but I’m noticing that the WordPress spell-checker doesn’t like commenters as a word. Odd. Does it want commentators? That doesn’t seem like the right way to go.)
We still get zero questions on our high school and college sports shows, but this tiny bit of interaction has given me some hope that what we’re doing can take off. That there is a possibility that this is a way to bring the community out and together around athletics. Or at least drive up our pageviews and keep me in a job.