WBUR Public Radio in Boston has won a $250,000 Knight News Challenge grant to create a laboratory in a local courtroom to help establish best practices for digital coverage that can be replicated around the nation. While the legislative and executive branches have incorporated new technologies and social media, most courts still operate under video and audio recording standards established in the 1970s and 80s.
The courtroom will have a designated area for live blogging via a wifi network and the ability to live-stream court proceedings to the public. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts court system, the project will publish the daily docket on the web and build a knowledge wiki for the public with common legal terms. The project will be directed by John Davidow, WBUR's executive editor of new media since July 2009. Davidow joined WBUR as news director/managing editor in 2003 after spending more than two decades as a journalist in Boston.