This week, the country was captivated as Casey Anthony was tried for the brutal death of her daughter, 2 year old Caylee. Americans have long been fascinated by twisted who-done-it murder stories – Jean Bennet Ramsey, OJ Simpson, etc. And yet for all of these trials, there was a barrier between the court room and the public. Information could be obtained only through interviews taking place long after court room action had occured.
Fastforward to today, and this is a very different judicial media landscape. In addition to the usual means of communication, social media joined ranks as the millions of viewers were able to watch live stream video from media providers including the Miami Herald and the Washington Post.
Additionally and most notably, Twitter joined in the action as the 9th Judicial Circuit Court created a Twitter account named NinthCircuitFL. and had garnered 400 reporter blogger follows
Given this major shift in crime report, does the Casey Anthony shift mark a shift in both trial reporting?
Will social media become the new credible outlet for journalism? Having just seen the documentary Page One I remain on the fence.