07 July 2009

Watch GC09 Live

For the first time, people anywhere can follow the General Convention of The Episcopal Church on the Media Hub website. You may also view "on demand" as the broadcasts will be archived.

According to Mike Collins, director of digital media,
The Media Hub is a pioneering way to keep track of all the actions, discussions, and ministry that happens at General Convention. It’s a way of connecting that just hasn’t been done before.

This is the first time people in the pews can follow along from home or work,” Collins said. “It's all on the Media Hub.
What can viewers expect from the Media Hub? According to the developers:
  • Full multimedia coverage of The Episcopal Church's 76th General Convention.
  • Live video streams plus video on demand.
  • Available in English with select programs in Spanish.
  • Following General Convention on Twitter at @gcmediahub09. Tweeting about GC? Hash: #gc09.
  • News stream, daily calendar, legislative tracker, live chat, flickr feed and more!
The Media Hub is sharable and the content can be embedded with partners, blogs, news outlets and friends

According to Collins,
Having produced coverage from previous General Conventions and last summer’s Lambeth Conference, I saw that people were going to multiple web sites for information.

We wanted to create something that had everything we could think of that someone else might use to follow along.

We're providing a lot of coverage in real time. That's legislation, forums, hearings...we aren't editing. This is live as it happens.
The Media Hub concept was developed by Collins, and the Episcopal Church web development team built the site: senior web developer Wesley Bliss, developer Gregory McQuillan and designer/front end developer Chris Clement.

This is truly and exciting addition to the convention.